Updated: Mar 2, 2020
How many times have you stopped to think about your life and realized that 24 hours are not enough for you to get everything done?
See, this is normal. We've all been there and we all know how exhausting this mindset can be.
However, I have great news for you.
24 hours are actually more than enough for you to be productive and even take some time to relax! Yup, I said it. Time to jump off that hamster wheel.
The secret is in changing your approach to work. Up until now, you probably believed you needed to work harder. But in reality, what you should be doing is work smarter. Stop the husstle.
Keep reading as I explain how you can make this shift in the way you work!
1. Limit Your To-Do List
When you get assigned a new project, the first thing you do is probably write down your list of tasks. That's a great habit!
However, how many items do your lists typically have?
It's easy to go overboard with to-do lists because we want to get everything done ASAP.
My tip is that you forget about multitasking, as it actually decreases productivity. Instead, limit your list to three items that move you toward your goal, so you can focus on them and get the best results possible. It also helps with a quick win, you go to sleep at night feeling accomplished instead of guilty for the list you didn't do.
2. Write - With an Actual Pen
Computers and all things digital dominate in pretty much any office.
But writing things down, drawing and making schemes on a whiteboard can do wonders for your productivity levels.
This method is a lot more dynamic than typing notes into a Word document and it's a lot more stimulating for your mind.
3. Think Positive
When you're busy jumping from project to project and task to task, the last thing you think about is that you need to be positive.
However, doing so can certainly make a big difference in your performance. And I'm not just saying this - multiple studies have shown that smiling increases brain activity and having a forward-looking mindset improves problem-solving skills.
Was that enough to put a smile on your face? It sure was for me!
4. Go Home, Even If You're Behind on Your Tasks
Whether it was in school or at work, we've all tried to push ourselves to the limit when we were behind on our to-do list.
However, this is often not the way to go about it.
Go home, let your body and mind rest properly, and start fresh the next day. You'll probably come up with ideas that your tired brain from the night before could never think of.
Work Smarter, Be Happier!
We all have it so deeply ingrained in our brains that we should be working harder, doing more, not wasting a second of our day. So it's perfectly normal if, at first, you struggle to convince your brain that that's not the way to go.
But keep at it!
With time, and as you find the techniques that work best for you, you'll see that when you work smarter, you have more time to relax, spend time with your loved ones and even pick up a hobby or two - who knows!
So what are you waiting for? Start making this shift and remember that I'm always here to help you. So if you ever need a little advice, you know where to find me.
And if you want to connect with other women who are on the same journey as you, make sure to check our amazing community!