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Work smarter, not harder

Kenichi Ohmae said "Rowing harder doesn't help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction." Working harder is sometimes helpful in accomplishing goals, but working smarter is always helpful. Working smarter means evaluating what tasks provide the greatest return on effort and are most necessary. Following this tip can be challenging. Begin by having a plan, set goals, organize tasks, and finally delegate effectively. Prioritizing what is done is also important. So link tasks to the goals and goals to the plan. A number of sources remind us that 20% of tasks yield 80% of the results we desire. Prioritizing tasks must consider the likely results.

So think of ‘Pareto’s Law’ and focus first on the 20% of high priority tasks, then add tasks as time and resources permit.




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