By Damon Nailer


Working smarter, not harder means you find the most efficient methods for accomplishing your goals and completing your tasks. You are able to eliminate extra or double work.

Here are some suggestions for working smarter instead of harder

  1. Incorporate visualization into your preparation- Get a mental picture of the completion of your project or goal. Then, brainstorm to identify the various parts, steps, and actions that will be needed to actualize your vision.
  2. Organize before you mobilize- Think and plan before you pursue your undertaking. Don’t fly by the seat of your pants or make it up as you go along. Write down your goals, tasks, and deadlines and then begin the work.
  3. Execute and adjust as needed- I have personally pursued many endeavors. I can’t think of any which did not require me to modify my plans, extend my deadlines, and tweak my goals. Be prepared to shift and pivot when necessary while remaining focused on the end game.

What are the 3 main benefits of working smarter vs. working harder?

It’s important to work smarter, not harder because it enables you to experience three things: efficiency, effectiveness, and consistency.

Efficiency is the ability to use the least amount of resources (time, talent, treasure, and manpower) to complete a task.

Effectiveness means you are productive and can successfully obtain your desired outcome(s).

Consistency is being capable of repeating actions, performance, and results.

When you work harder, not smarter, you work without plans and strategies, resulting in inefficiency, ineffectiveness, and inconsistency. This means your efforts will become unpredictable and unstable, which won’t be beneficial to you.

How do we streamline our work and maximize productivity?

  1. Do our homework and/or listen to expert advice so we won’t have to learn the long, hard way.
  2. Devise solid plans that include clear, reasonable, and specific goals, a timeline, deadlines, and understandable tasks.
  3. Involve others in the preparation stages.
  4. Delegate properly which means assigning tasks to those who are competent enough to perform them.
  5. Avoid continuing tasks that are proving to be unsuccessful by making changes in plans, processes, and procedures.