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This Is How To Actually Work Smarter, Not Harder

Posted on September 18th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Possibly no piece of productivity advice is more well-worn than the adage, “Work smarter, not harder.” Of course, the directive points to the fact that it’s not how many hours you put in at your desk that matters—it’s how you spend your time there. In other words, get results faster and you won’t be spending so many late nights at the office.

 

But what does it really mean to work smarter?

 

“It means figuring out better, faster ways to work,” says personal productivity expert and trainer Peggy Duncan. But before you enrol in a time management course or start playing “beat the clock” with your project list, consider these counterintuitive ways to get more done.

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We’ve found eight unexpected (and counterintuitive) ways to squeeze more out of your workday.

How to Spend the First 30 Minutes of Your Day to Maximize Productivity

Posted on September 15th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

As entrepreneurs, we often work late into the night, only to roll out of bed the next morning, picking up where we left off. One day bleeds into the next, making it seem as if we’re always doing, doing, doing and searching for new and novel ways to do more.

 

The truth is, your desire to do more and get more done will lead you not toward greater productivity, but toward burnout, if you don’t take time each day to check in with yourself, and set your intention for how you want your day to proceed.

 

 

Abraham Lincoln is credited with saying, “If I had six hours to cut down a tree, I’d spend the first four sharpening the axe.” There is no evidence to suggest that Lincoln actually said this, but the point is not lost on us. How we prepare to do the task before us determines our success.

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How you spend your morning makes or breaks your day.

How to Support Employees’ Learning Goals While Getting Day-to-Day Stuff Done

Posted on August 2nd, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Many of the most successful people had to fight tooth and nail for opportunities to learn new skills and advance up the corporate ladder. That’s often because what they wanted to learn and achieve wasn’t in sync with what their bosses wanted for them. You’re not a data scientist. You’re not cut out for engineering. Sales isn’t what you do. Lines like this are still used all too frequently when employees tell their managers that they want to move in a new direction.

 

But this is only half the story. Managers are under tremendous pressure to generate results. You have annual quotas, quarterly goals, and increasing competition. Who has time to let employees go learn skills that may not be relevant for years, or may not serve your unit at all?

 

I hear these challenges all the time as I work with managers at all levels, particularly in large corporations. I’ve also faced them myself with the companies I founded and scaled. It’s a tough balancing act. But I’ve learned key lessons to help managers turn lofty goals — such as making learning and dev2elopment a central pillar of the workday — into real actions that mitigate damage to, and even help strengthen, the bottom line. Here’s how.

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It’s good for them, the team, and the company.