Jun 30, 2016

3 Reasons A ‘Work Smarter, Not Harder’ Approach Does Not Help

I have been a hard worker since my childhood and my parents had trouble making me just sit and relax for a while. I did not watch TV (I do not watch it these days either). I did not sleep in – I always woke up earlier than my parents and did tons of stuff they actually should have done. I still spent most of the time playing with my peers and I thought it was not a waste of time.

Even now that I have the schedules packed with never-ending tasks I believe that ‘me time’ and ‘time with friends’ are essential. However, I have never dropped my responsibilities just because I wanted to have fun. Yes, it happens once in a while – after all, I am a human being. But the point is, I do realize that hard work is still important. Here is why I think a ‘work smarter, not harder’ approach does not work:

1. Taking long breaks decreases productivity

When you are trying to plow through a long pile of work, taking short breaks is a must as it helps you clear your mind, improve your focus and give your tired brain a rest. On the other hand, if your breaks do not help you recover your ability to focus and you feel lazier, it may be tempting to think, “Okay, I will relax today to work better tomorrow.” This is totally wrong.

I know it. I am guilty of it. Long breaks awaken laziness, and when you let it control you, it becomes harder to get back on your career track and stay super productive during the day. Keep in mind that you will not get things done if you spend hours watching TV, checking your Facebook feed or posting new pictures on Instagram. You have to work hard to achieve success.

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2. Your work can be of poor quality

No matter what type of work you do on a daily basis, if you do not invest enough time into it, the results can be miserable. People who work smarter, not harder tend to get things done as quickly as possible without paying enough attention to the quality of their job.

Poor performance in the workplace can leave you feeling stuck in the same position for years. No one pays you for working more than 7 hours, but trying to squeeze ten critical projects into one day is unrealistic. Let’s say, I can accomplish 5 projects a day but they will most likely be of poor quality. That is why I aim to do less but make sure it is of the best quality possible.

3. Hard work always pays off

I am not talking about your greedy boss who pretends they do not notice your hard work. I mean experience you gain while working harder than the others in the office. You may not get that promotion in the current workplace, but as soon as you gain tons of experience and become an expert at what you are doing, you have all the chances of landing a dream job that will make you wealthier.

The next time your manager gives you extra work, do not rush to reject it. Take a few seconds to think if that extra task could help you in future, If yes, then do it. If no, then reject it. I have done many things that were not my responsibilities, but I do not regret it. I am sure hard work is rewarding anyway. Stop focusing on money, think about experiences.

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A ‘work smarter, not harder’ approach sounds wise and great, but in reality, it is best to work smarter and harder. Ask any millionaire and they would tell you that in order to achieve the success you must work hard and love what you do. Do you believe a ‘working smarter, not harder’ approach works? I’m eager to hear your points of view.

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