Working Smarter not Harder


Exercising for about fifteen to twenty minutes once or twice a day boosts your energy level, sensitivity, patience, flexibility and creativity. Working smarter not harder is something that begins with you taking the initiative.

When you intentionally start out to make it safe and easy for your coworkers to express their feelings to you, they will work harder and better and cooperate effectively with you. The tendency for people, to tell the truth, is higher with those who withhold judgements, keep confidences and maintain their composure.

To establish emotional boundaries is to safeguard your objectivity. Thoughtful, reasonable professionals often tend to lose their objectivity and draw out resentment from observant co-workers when they allow the emotional memories from an intimacy with a boss, employee or coworker to flood the workplace.

It is not wise and effective to make decisions based on cold data alone. Imbuing your opinions with conviction and integrity can be made possible by stopping to ask yourself how you feel about the position that you are taking rather than relying solely on that figure-filled report or mechanically citing an authority to back up your recommendations. This habit of turning to your intuition to gauge how you feel about a matter will help you to sound more convincing before others.

Being flexible and ready to modify your long-term goals based on the current and relevant goals of the organisation is to align yourself with the ends that serve the organisation.

To be generous by yielding to a coworker when you realize that a position in a conflict means more to him or her than you, will earn you your coworker’s gratitude and respect.

When you begin any negative comment with a positive remark, your likelihood of getting an empathic listening ear and a cooperative coworker will be quite high. Another scene evocative of cooperation is that created by prefacing or introducing criticisms with appreciation; and complaints with your intention to cooperate.

It is important to speak out when something is bothering you. You risk letting in emotional flooding and attendant unconstructive behaviour when you wait for too long before you speak out. The essence of speaking out is to change how you feel about a problem in a manner that impacts positively on your well-being and productivity, not necessarily to change a person or a situation.

Listening with empathy and using you your emotions does not impede your effectiveness in any way. Gaining an instant understanding of what someone is saying is something you achieve through empathy. Empathy sometimes means listening to another attentively and in a confirming manner without planning what you are going to say while the person is speaking. Listening with the heart creates a conducive atmosphere for productive cooperation.

To be enlisted among high performers, you have to take the risk of appearing imperfect. Asking for help at the right time and admitting to being wrong when a mistake is made characterizes high achievers and reveals part of the secret of their efficiency and effectiveness. Working smarter not harder turns on effective cooperation.

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