How do you work smart?

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A recent thread stated that you have a better chance of becoming wealthy through smart work, rather than hard work.

How does one work smart rather than hard?
#smart #work
  • Profile picture of the author jamesrich1
    By finding a expert you trust who has the results that you desire and paying for personal coaching from that expert... instead of buying a course that thousands of people have access to. Then, following the plan you and your coach map out by using extreme FOCUS and FAST implementation until you have results.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Smart instead of hard? Remember some people love to run 100km, while others love to sit and watch... so first people need to figure it out if they're runners or watchers

    But in IM usually people use that idea to advice others into more rational systems then HARD, heavy techniques: if you can make 1K with a short effort in 20 minutes, why do it in 23 days and with a lot of effort?
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  • Profile picture of the author yjtung
    working smart means to actually do work that is productive and efficient. you can work hours and hours on menial tasks that don't do anything and is just a waste of time. figure out which tasks are high value tasks and work on those (ie. planning your course of action, testing various traffic sources, etc.). Outsource all the grunt work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Emily B
    Originally Posted by Michael55555 View Post

    A recent thread stated that you have a better chance of becoming wealthy through smart work, rather than hard work.

    How does one work smart rather than hard?
    Look for ways to improve what you're doing. I personally don't like the phrase "don't fix what isn't broken" because it suggests that if you have a method that works, there's no reason to improve it. And if you don't try to improve, you may never find out what works better.
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  • Profile picture of the author thinktwice
    The problem most people have is they just try to follow other people's work. They need to work hard since the competition is already built.

    Sit back, read, study and focus on something for 2-3 months and you might have genius ideas by yourself. People will try to follow you, and might even never be able to. You will be in the 2% making a lot of money on auto-pilot.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Joseph
    Hi Michael,

    What I can suggest in the "working smart" realm which has helped me is to stay focused on ONE thing for a certain amount of time during your working hours. Choose a time, and perhaps even use a stop watch - there are free ones online.

    This can help us stay committed to one project at a time, without any distractions - ie: no facebook or game sites open - and also allows for us to get more quality work complete.

    For example: Give yourself 1 hour, then take a 15min break to enjoy, then time yourself again for 1 hour of just pure PRODUCTIVE work to whatever task or project you are working towards completing.

    Try it out, it helps me stay focused!
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    "Success comes when people act together; failure tends to happen alone." -- Deepak Chopra

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  • Profile picture of the author stephenwaldo
    Have you ever heard of the Pareto Principal?

    It's a business idea that means, basically, 80% of the results come from 20% of the work. If you look at your own business and especially at your daily schedule, you can probably see a similar pattern. Here's an exercise that's really helped me work smarter:

    Exercise #1. Write down the top 10 things you spend time on every day (business related)

    Exercise #2. Write out what percentage of your time you spend on each item

    Exercise #3. Pick out the top 3 activities that actually MAKE YOU $MONEY$. Now you can clearly see what percentage of your time you spend on activities that make you money. You'll be surprised what you find.

    Bonus Exercise - Go back through your first list and for each activity put a checkmark or a circle - checkmark for activities you enjoy and circle for activities you don't. Generally, the activities with a circle next to them also happen to be the most profitable =)

    To give credit where credit is due: FocusFocus (non affiliate link) by http://jurgenwolff.com/. One of the best books on time management I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

    Hope that helps!

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  • Profile picture of the author thinkwik
    I once don't believe that saying, but now I'm going to think the right direction you work to is much important than the hard work attitude.
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  • Profile picture of the author ijohnson
    You work smart by having a plan ... a vision ... a mission. Then, surround yourself with like-minded people, brainstorm, and strategize.

    Getting a mentor or a successful coach to guide you would be a wise investment because it will shorten the learning curve and help reduce costly mistakes and wasted time.

    Create business systems and know who your customers are. After you know everything about your customer or target market, focus on customer centricity. Customer centricity will help you accomplish a lot in a very short period of time.

    ~ Iris
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  • Profile picture of the author paul_1
    Hardwork - you're doing all the job.
    Smartwork - you get the right people to do it for you.

    Just my 2 cents...
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  • Profile picture of the author powerofschool


    If you are working hard. Lot of pressures on you and all clients or boss will keep pressure on you. And you will have physical tension.

    If you are smart worker , you will keep pressure on others. And ofcourse, you will have mental tension.
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  • Profile picture of the author abugah
    I will disagree with you that you can become wealthy by working smart rather than working hard. In my opinion, you can only be wealthy by working hard.
    Here is why:
    To make major breakthroughs in business, science or technology, one needs sustained and continuous thinking. You need to tap into your subconscious mind that will give you answers to your questions. As far as I am concerned, thinking is the hardest work in the world. It requires hard work to connect the dots and that’s why so few are wealthy.
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  • Profile picture of the author JerrickYeoh
    Work hard , you only able to gain more if you work even hard and harder.
    If you work smart, you may not only get better result, you may earn more in the short time and save your time. Beside that you can earn more with every hour you work on.

    IM is not a job scope of workhard while it will not help you improve much .
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    But then again, some times a shovel will do, and using heavy equipment would not be a smart thing to do, metaphorically speaking. What do you think about that?
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  • Profile picture of the author Noel Cunningham
    Originally Posted by Michael55555 View Post

    A recent thread stated that you have a better chance of becoming wealthy through smart work, rather than hard work.

    How does one work smart rather than hard?
    Plan your time, organize and prioritize your tasks and only spend time working on Productive Tasks i.e. ones that yield results...

    Leave the rest for later or outsource it!
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  • Profile picture of the author focused
    Certainly part of working smart is to set goals
    and to diligently follow a plan that's designed
    to achieve those goals.
    That doesn't necessarily involve coaching.
    Even if a IM good course were available to
    many, we all know that few will attempt to
    implement if. So be an action taker in a
    well defined path to success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vid Yo
    One word--

    LEVERAGE

    To work smarter, I always ask myself "how can i achieve greater results with less effort?"
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  • Profile picture of the author NoviIM
    Being able to focus on one thing at a time, have a clear goal in mind, reduce your workload by outsourcing various tasks and always growing and expanding your business.
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