Progress certainly comes from putting in the hard work, but working hard is not enough. To achieve our desired outcome, each one of us needs to find our own ways to work smarter.
Working smarter requires a combination of critical thinking, discipline, and techniques that we can employ for making continual progress.
Here are a few techniques that I find helpful:
- ASSESS EVERYTHING THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE
There is a saying that 80% of our accomplishments come from 20% of our efforts. So what 20% of our work is the most valuable? Once we’ve identified it, focusing the lion’s share of our time and energy in that direction creates progress.
Selecting the right success indicators to drive our activities creates the tasks we can knock out first for greatest impact. Here are three fundamentals for assessing potential for success: