The Ultimate Guide to Working Smarter, Not Harder

Lauren Powell
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We’ve all heard (and love) the term “work smarter, not harder”, but how can we make that goal a reality? While every single one of us has 24 hours in the day, it’s obvious that some people get more done than others.

Entrepreneur has listed the best ways to get more done every day while working less (count us in!) so we can join the clever ones getting more done. From outsourcing to streamlining processes and delegating, these clever hacks are the answer to productivity and efficiency all day, every day. Scroll on and master the art of working smarter, not harder once and for all.

1. OUTSOURCE

Assess your daily, weekly, and monthly task and figure out which ones can be outsourced. Can you hire a virtual assistant to complete the repetitive tasks that are costing you more money than a VA would? Can you outsource design work? Every considered an external HR company? Taking the first steps toward outsourcing can be time-consuming, but in the long run, it’ll be the ultimate time-saver.

2. AUTOMATE

Like the above, assess your regular tasks to determine if there’s an opportunity to automate any of them. Maybe there are emails you regularly receive that can receive an automated response, or perhaps you could invest in a program that can automate and schedule your social media marketing. Otherwise, it could be as simple as applying rules to your email provider, to automatically file away or label something as important without lifting a finger.

3. Streamline processes

Take a close look at the repetitive processes in your business and analyse to see if there’s a way you can make these easier and more efficient. For example, if you receive similar customer enquiries every day, you can create template responses for the most common questions received, or you could consider reducing staff meetings, or only checking your email twice a day.  

Head to Entrepreneur to find out the three other foolproof ways to help you work smarter, not harder and invest in a chic personal planner

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