Work Smarter, Not Harder

I recently read on article on Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, where she stated that she often worked over 100 hours a week when she was working at Google, sometimes sleeping there when she was too tired to drive home.  Now many think that is an exaggeration on her part, I'm sure she did work many, many hours reaching her goals.  Other entrepreneurs have noted that they have needed to work an average of 100 hours a week starting their own companies.

According to the latest Gallup poll, the average workweek is about 47 hours in 2015, up from the 40 hour work week created in 1940 by the Fair Labor Standards Act. But one in five people reports logging more than 60 hours, and some even pass 80 hours a week.   And many people can’t even clock the number of hours worked anymore because they’re constantly checking their phones, answering emails, and working on problems in their heads.  Considering only 13% of people reported actually enjoying going to work, that's a significant amount of time spent doing something they don't like.    

Well, there are some things we can do about it.  We can work smarter, not harder.  Ever heard of the Pomodoro Technique?  This technique suggests that you focus on one task for 25 minutes, take a short break, and repeat this four times in a row. Then, you take a longer break and start the process all over again.  I suggest taking a break away from your desk, walking around the office or going outside for a few minutes to get some air.  I like to refill my coffee and chat with someone for a minute to give my mind and my eyes a screen break.  

Also, being well organized is key. To be most effective at work, you need to have a clear direction, prioritize your tasks, organize your space, use systems that make work more efficient, assign tasks to the correct workers, and not get caught up in perfection.  

So, work smarter, not harder.  Be well organized and take breaks to clear your head.  Too much screen time can be just as bad for adults as it is for kids....