Need of the hour: Hard work or Smart work?

The thought that you should work smarter, not only harder isn’t anything new. When talking about the difference between smart and hard work it’s pretty easy to explain what working hard means. If you want to be successful in the long run, it is not n

The need of the hour is not to keep spending time on one thing rather understanding and finding smarter ways to do the same work, but the main dilemma is to recognize the difference between the two. There are no set guidelines on how to work in a smart way which makes it simple to understand the same.

Hard work not necessarily leads to success in today’s scenario as there is a rat race in every part of the world be it education, job, services etc. Out of the box thinking and innovative ways of doing the same work makes you  a smart worker. People these days believe in cutting time and utilizing time in the best possible way to avoid long working hours. The busy schedules of people today needs a great level of time management which requires smart work over hard work. The cut-throat competition and race to achieve more and more needs the innovations and creativity to do the same work by a smarter approach.

But what is truly their secret that the others don’t identify when getting down to work? Let’s look at the essential rudiments of smart work, from the most evident ones to the most hidden ones that synchronize smart work and can take your success level a notch higher gradually.  Smart work is nothing but a strategy that makes you save time, money and energy. Following are the key aspects associated with smart work.

  • Focus more on creativity rather than physical work
  • Life management skills
  • Managing Time efficiently by prioritizing work
  • Understanding the system and keeping yourself updated
  • Knowing what you want and what is required to get what you want.
  • Anger management and patience
  • Being or doing the right job, which suits your caliber, personality and skills
  • KSA (knowledge, skills and attitude) development with regard to the job offered.
  • Welcoming challenges and handling with calmness and endurance.
  • Maintaining parity between the responsibilities and authorities.
  • Halo effect
  • Setting premises and considering limits
  • Continuous self-scanning and self-SWOT to identify the right strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats.
  • Focusing on value creation and delivery of value.
  • Hanging out with best possible people who can inspire you and bring out the best in you.
  • Choosing optimism over pessimism and taking problem solving as an opportunity.
  • Understanding of success as a long run aspect
  • Focusing on smart ways instead of short cuts with less effectiveness
  • Giving back to the community

By Ms Jasleen Rana

Assistant Professor

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