5 ways to work smarter instead of harder
As remote work has become more common, the boundaries between work and private life are increasingly blurred. Chances are you aren’t working less, but instead using the time you save on the commute to do more work.
That’s no good! Check out our post on how to stay productive at home for tips like making sure you get fresh air and stick to a schedule.
If you still have too much work on your plate, here are a few simple tips tricks for working work smarter rather than harder. Give them a try and reclaim your work-life balance!
#1: Plan your day ahead and prioritize tasks
Before starting work in the morning, think about what you want to achieve. Make a simple todo list in your preferred app, or jot them on paper.
Don’t know where to start? Prioritize your tasks based on importance and urgency. That way you have a clear pathway and the highest chance of getting the most important things done. If you’re still intimidated by your list, break large tasks into smaller ones so that they become manageable.
#2: Use keyboard shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to save time. It might not seem like much but saving a few seconds here and there can quickly add up. Investing some time in learning some shortcuts for Windows and programs you use will pay huge dividends in the long term — promise!
#3: Block time for your tasks
Instead of working through your to do list one after the other, use time-blocking for your tasks. As most of us have meetings throughout the week it doesn’t make sense to work on task that requires your full focus and energy in between meetings. Check your calendar for the day and plan when to start tasks accordingly.
#4: Turn off notifications
It is all too easy to get distracted by notifications that pop up. Research shows that after being distracted it can take 23 minutes to get back in the flow.
While working on a task where you need to focus, try turning off notifications on your phone and computer. If that sounds too extreme or you need to be available, think about which notifications you absolutely need, and turn off the rest.
#5: Don’t waste time searching
Searching for files and messages holds us back from doing our most productive and impactful work. If you’ve ever searched for a document for half an hour and then gave up and started from scratch, you know what I’m talking about.
Luckily, there’s a solution for that: Curiosity is a desktop app that lets you easily find and open everything in your folders and cloud apps. It connects with network drives and also cloud apps like Google Drive, Dropbox, and others.
We hope you found these tips useful! Let us know in the comments what your favourite tricks are for working smarter instead of harder.