In all walks of life, we all have to work. However, in the following advice, you will be given information that can help you work smarter, work better, and be happier and more successful in the process and make work enjoyable.
Let’s get to work.
What Is the Origin of the Quote “Work Smarter… Not Harder”?
The term “work smarter… not harder” originated in the 1930’s. Allen F. Morgenstern, an industrial engineer, the creator of the work simplification program, coined the term. The program’s intent was to increase the ability of people to produce more with less effort.
Rule #1 Work Hard.
We all have to work so we might as well work hard. If we don’t work hard, we may be able to reduce the effort a little, but we lose most of the value of the work. You’ve probably heard the adage, “A job worth doing, is a job worth doing well.”
If we want to do a job well done, we have to work smarter. If we don’t put in enough effort to do it well, then it is just a waste of time. For instance, I am writing this piece about working smarter. I can do a slap dash job and no one will read past the first paragraph, or I can put in the effort and produce something of value to others and give me the satisfaction of a job well done.
Rule 2: Recognize that Happiness Comes from Achievement, Not Idleness.
Happiness does not come from idleness; it is working smarter toward our goals that brings us happiness. It fulfills a human need for achievement. Think of work as a form of play. Many of the things some people do for work, others do for play. The only real difference between work and play is the attitude of the person doing it.
Rule 3: Love What You Do.
Fulfillment comes from loving what you do. If you hate your work, it will probably show in the final product. Every job, every task, every work project that we undertake will have some fun parts and some drudge parts, but you can only do good work if you can “find the joy” and focus on that.
For example, I am writing this piece about working smarter. The fun is collecting my thoughts, organizing them into rules, and finding the joy in the process of sharing these with you. I feel a sense of satisfaction and joy as I see a hodge-podge of notes start to come together into a coherent article. The drudgery part is proof-reading. I like creating, not editing.
-As an actor, take pride in your creativity. Enjoy the process and forget the rejection. Never give up on your goals because they may seem difficult or challenging. Meet them head on, and remain steady. Treat these experiences as life lessons. We may not always succeed at first, but with a little harder work... I mean smarter work, we will overcome each challenge and be better for it.
Rule 4: Do Your Best…Then Do Better.
You can always do more than you think you can. When you reach your limits, reach further. Always push yourself to take it to the next level.
Rule 5: Take Risks.
To accomplish great things you have to take great chances. It can be scary to try something new and face the risk of failure. Do it anyway. Take a moment to feel good about a job well done. It can be a small achievement or a great achievement. Take pride in your work and remember to appreciate all the little things you do. And, especially remember to appreciate all the little things others do.
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