Success comes from working smartly and not working relentlessly. Of course, practice makes man perfect is the mantra we grew up with but that doesn’t mean you just keep working over and over. How you work is actually more important.
You may have noticed that some people work day and night with no evident positive results while there are some others who don’t seem to work as much but produce great results. The reason is that the latter category of people knows how to work smartly and get things done quickly. Follow these tips and you will be able to do the same.
Check your Email Later in the Day
Many people have the habit of checking their email in the morning itself and then checking it over and over throughout the day. That actually makes you get carried away in the morning and keeps you distracted all day long. If you just check your email twice or thrice a day, you will be able to save a lot of time for other stuff. You won’t have to be distracted with each email.
Follow Communication Rules
Establish a few communication rules and follow them strictly. No one should email you if it is urgent. Let people know that. If they need to reach you urgently, they should call you. They shouldn’t email you. Also, limit your meetings. General meetings should not last longer than thirty minutes unless the issue is a little too serious. Also, you should call meetings only when there are decisions to be made. If it is just for communication, use email. Don’t call meetings.
Maintain a List
Create a list of all the things you’d like to discuss with your team and then see it through as and when possible or required. Don’t just call sudden meetings and start talking about a truckload of issues in one go. You won’t be saving time like that. You will be wasting time.
Work smart. Save time. Get more done.
Work smartly in order to save time. Don’t keep checking your emails. That will distract you. Also, make it a rule that no one should email you if things are urgent. They should pick up the phone and call. Maintain a list of things to do so that you get them done easily.