Ask Vicki: What are some uncommon ways to work smarter instead of harder?
In this answer on Quora, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi explains how to best manage your time at work so you reach your peak productivity.
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Q. What are some uncommon ways to work smarter instead of harder?
A. Because technology has made it easier to access and toil away at our workloads, it may be tempting to work around the clock or put in more hours. But that only makes us work harder—not necessarily smarter.
To work smarter, you need to become economical with your time, realizing it’s indeed limited. Schedule your tasks for the day with start and end times (set a timer on your phone to keep yourself in check). Limit multitasking; focus on one task at a time by breaking lofty goals into smaller, tangible tasks.
Group similar tasks together and be aware of your energy levels throughout the day. You may have a lot more energy in the morning, so that's the ideal time to tackle high priorities in your workload.
As your energy drops in the afternoon, you can schedule upcoming meetings, respond to emails, and answer phone calls—similar low-energy level tasks.