Work Smart , Not Hard

“WORK SMART, NOT HARD”

A phrase I still find myself unraveling. It wasn’t until a former boss of mine said “You do a great job, but no one would ever want to fill your position so I'm not going to promote you.” Honestly I was taken aback. Why wouldn’t anyone want to take my position? I’m fun right? I’m a cool boss right?

WRONG

Well not entirely wrong. She reminded me that although I am fun, well liked, and get results, I also worked countless hours of overtime, and hadn’t taken a vacation in my 3 years of working there. So who the hell would want to take the job on? No one, the answer is no one.

So I found myself questioning my entire approach to work.

I have to confess I often felt a lot of leaders and decision makers before me were lazy. Not willing to get in there, roll up their sleeves, and get the job done no matter how much it took! So instead of finding a happy medium (honestly something I still struggle with) I flung myself into every possible project often not taking time to step back and ask if there was an easier way. Her saying that to me was the wake up call I needed.

So why the long personal ramble? Well it’s something that I think applies to to a lot of entrepreneurs, and it wasn’t until this morning that I was reminded of this gem. I’m currently sick and have a long list of things to do, but little energy and zero desire to do it. So I asked myself “what on this list will take the least amount of effort, but give me the highest impact?”.

Whether you’re sick or not as an entrepreneur your time is limited, you no doubt have a lot of things to do, and a lot of problems to solve. I wanted to remind you that the answer isn’t always to throw more time, money, blood, sweat, tears into something. So when you find yourself facing a problem, use this!

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Before you have a table flip moment and decide to change everything, run through this quickly and implement as needed. Remember think about TIMERESOURCES, and MONEY needed to solve your problem.

1. Implement: Self explanatory do the dang thing, and do it soon. It's easy and high impact!

2. Challenge: This idea may need some time to marinade. Challenge it. 

3. Possible: This could work, but I wouldn't dive in just yet. 

4. Kill: That is way too much effort for little impact. It's not worth it. MOVE ON!

Hope this helps, and remember the hard way isn't always the best way! Get creative!

Talk soon,

Sara 

Sara McCabe