Work Smarter Not Harder

Are you one of the 53% of American workers who hate their job. If I could show you how to work smarter not harder and hate your job less, could that go some way to turning job dissatisfaction into a more pleasurable atmosphere?

I am not going to be as bold as to say you could love your job, but hey, you never know.

If you're feeling frustrated, stuck, and desperate for a way to make things better, then working smarter not harder could be the answer.

You see, if you work smarter not harder, then maybe this is all you need to make your work day just that bit more tolerable. 

Make you just that little less angry. 

Make you better to be around.

What if I told you there was a way to ease the daily grind and even turn things around? 

Well, read on, because here is a genuine opportunity for you to do exactly that.

It’s all about learning to work smarter not harder.

angry man at a deskWorking smarter not harder, may make your work day just that bit more tolerable and a little less angry.

Why So Many People Hate Their Job

To start, I would like to explain why so many people hate their jobs. 

In no particular order, these are some issues.

Lack of growth opportunities.

Poor management. 

Toxic culture. 

Being passed over for promotions. 

Excessive workload. 

Poor pay and conditions.

Commuting time.

Economic conditions.

Skilled labor shortages.

Unrealistic job time expectations. 

Does any of this sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone. 

These are just some reasons why people suffer from job dissatisfaction. 

It causes mental stress, anger issues, alcoholism, drug abuse, marriage and family breakdowns and other painful issues, all because of working in a job you hate.

Man at a barAlcoholism, marriage and family breakdowns and other painful issues, because of a job you hate.

Quitting Isn't Always An Option

Bills still need to be paid. Food and shelter have to be paid for. So quitting is not something you can easily do.

So if quitting isn’t an option right now how do you cope in the meantime? 

You cope by shifting your mindset and approach. By learning to work smarter not harder. 

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Here Are 11 Ways to Whet Your appetite

  1. Zero in on the one thing that will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Be ruthless. Stop doing everything.
  2. Group similar tasks. This is somewhat contradictory to the above, however, there are situations where you can have several tasks with the same priorities and similar outcomes. If it’s possible to knock these out together, then go for it. 
  3. Identify tasks that can be completed using technology or outsourced. 
  4. Say no. Keep an eye on your workspace, time and energy. Stay true to yourself. Focus on the task.
  5. Anticipate, offer solutions, and make your job indispensable. Communicate to your supervisors. Never hold back on letting them know you’re making their jobs easier. 
  6. While we are on the subject of communication, be proactive. Make sure you let them know ‘you got this’. Stay on it and if any issues escalate, announce it ASAP.
  7. Maintain and add to your knowledge base. Upgrade your skill set. Stay relevant. Position yourself for future promotions. Stay on top of developing opportunities.
  8. Create your network inside and outside the company. You may need these relationships to garner support and open doors for future opportunities.
  9. On a personal point, be conscious of looking after yourself.

    a. practice self-care. 

    b. prioritize sleep. healthy.    

    d. exercise regularly. 

    e. have a stress management plan.

You will perform your best when you feel your best.

10. Take regular breaks. Step away. Take a walk. This can be part of your stress management plan. Schedule this into your day otherwise, it will not happen. Remember, be as vigilant with this as you would with a top-priority task. Make it a priority if you are going to start hating your job less. 

11. Last but not least, work on cultivating a positive mental mindset. Not only at work, but in everything you do. Always expect the best. Set your goals high. Be proactive. Delete the word problem/problems from your language and replace it with issues or situations. This is so much better for your attitude and for everyone around you.

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There you go. 11 ways designed to help you move from hating your job by working smarter, not harder.

Working Smarter Not Harder is About Two Things

By implementing these strategies, you can start to take away some of the frustration and dread you feel about your job. No, it won’t magically turn a toxic workplace into a utopia. But it can give you a greater sense of control and purpose.

man and woman drinking coffeeImplementing these strategies can give you a greater sense of control and purpose.

Working smarter, not harder, is essentially about two things:

1. Maximizing your efficiency and effectiveness while minimizing stress and burnout. It’s about getting the most impactful work done in the least amount of time, and in a more enjoyable way. 

2. Lifting your game to be recognized by your peers and management. Because if you keep doing what you are doing and expecting a different result, well it’s just a waste of time.

Something Interesting Happens When You Work Smarter Not Harder

As you start to work smarter, not harder, something interesting happens. You free up mental space to think about the bigger picture. To ponder what you want out of your career and your life. And that’s where the magic happens.

You start to build skills that make you more valuable - to your current employer but also to potential future ones. Skills like prioritization, communication, boundary setting, continuous learning, and relationship building. These are the skills that will serve you well no matter where your career takes you.

young woman meets bossYou start to get a reputation as someone who does things without drama. Someone who can be trusted with bigger responsibilities. New opportunities for promotions and exciting roles develop.

Use these skills as a foundation for pursuing a job or business that you love. The world is your oyster.

You start to get a reputation as someone who does things without drama. Who adds value and positivity. Who can be trusted with bigger responsibilities. And that’s when new opportunities appear, whether internal promotions or exciting roles elsewhere.

It's OK To Walk Away And Start Over

It all starts with that mindset shift. With refusing to accept misery as the status quo. Believing you have the power to improve your situation, even if in small ways at first. Working smarter, not harder, is the key that unlocks the door to greater career satisfaction and success.

Let’s be real. Some of you reading this might be in situations that feels utterly hopeless. Where no amount of working smarter not harder will make a difference.

To you I say this, "I see you". "I’ve been you". And it’s okay to walk away and start over.

Meet Sarah

When creating this content I think of Sarah who was referred to me many years ago. The brief was to guide her out of despair and extreme job dissatisfaction.

For years, Sarah toiled away in a soul-crushing marketing job. She tried all the working smarter not harder strategies, but at the end of the day, she was still underpaid, undervalued, and unfulfilled. She hated going to work every day, and it was impacting every area of her life.

We had constant communications for months.

Finally, she hit a breaking point. I convinced her that no amount of working smarter was going to fix a broken situation. 

So together we made a plan. 

She saved up a financial cushion, brushed up on her skills, and started quietly job searching.

And then she did the unthinkable. 

She quit with no job lined up

This was not a strategy I suggested, but she bet on herself and took a leap of faith.

Was it scary? 


But you know what? Within a month, she had landed a remote marketing role with a company whose mission she believed in. 

woman writing at a deskSarah found the courage to say “enough is enough” and go after the life and career she wanted. Take control of her destiny.

For the first time in years, she was excited about working every day.

But she didn’t stop there. With her newfound energy and time, she started a side hustle, doing freelance social media consulting and marketing. Within a year had developed her own systems and processes and was making enough to quit that job also and started her own business. 

All because she finally found the courage to say “enough is enough” and go after the life and career she wanted. Take control of her destiny.

The upshot of this was her ex-employer begged her to contract with them. So not only was she in control making more money, pretty much doing the same work, but now it was part of her business. A win-win if I ever saw one.

Sarah’s story is proof, change is possible. 

You Have The Power

You do not have to stay stuck in a miserable job forever. 

By working smarter not harder, building your skills, and believing in yourself, you can create new opportunities and design a career and life you love.

So to all of you who hate your jobs right now, know this: you have options. 

You have the power. 

Do not procrastinate.

You have everything it takes to turn it around. Start by working smarter, not harder. 

Get help in the early stages if you feel you need it.

Remember, every successful person you admire once stood where you’re standing. 

The only difference is they kept going. 

You’ve got this!

Go you good thing. 

Make a difference.

Work Smarter Not Harder.

Experience isn't the best teacher, experience is the only teacher.

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Confidence comes from experience