“Work smarter not harder.”
A friend said that to me a few weeks ago and I can’t get it out of my head.
I’m a worker bee. Always have been.
I got my first job at 14 and never looked back. I flipped burgers at McDonald’s, waited tables, worked retail, made calls as a telemarketer (for a dating service, THAT was fun!) and even put overtime in at an industrial electronics factory.
Once I graduated college, I started a career as a multimedia programmer. A few years later, settled into an Assistant Professor position at a local community college.
Regardless of the job, I gave each and every one of them 100%. Always taking on extra responsibilities, going in early and staying late. Whatever was asked of me or whatever I thought needed to be done, got done.
Now I blog. There are no hours. The office doesn’t close. I have no punch card or time sheet. Social media outlets are active 24/7 and there’s always something that needs to get done. Always.
I work. A lot.
Over the next few weeks I’m making an effort to put those words of my wise friend to practice. I don’t want to stop working, I just want to work smarter (and not feel guilty about it!)
I plan on sharing lessons learned as I figure out exactly what “working smarter” looks like and, as always, I welcome any advice!
Have you found a balance of working smart but not necessarily hard?