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Work smarter, live longer

Start-up Business

 Yep, working smarter can lead to a longer life. Repetitive, dull, clunky tasks cannot be good for your health.

Getting stuff done and getting it done fast on the other hand allows you to be creative, work on loftier projects, and feel fulfilled in the knowledge that you achieved what you wanted to achieve, in a fraction of the time!

Here are the 3 main ways to work smarter:

  1. Don’t resist change, embrace it
  2. Get the right tech
  3. Don’t hesitate, collaborate!

 Don’t resist change, embrace it

 “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

Now, this quote has been attributed to Henry Ford, Albert Einstein and Anthony Robbins. Regardless of who said it, it’s certainly true. And to keep improving you must keep learning. And to learn means to embrace change. To be adaptable and receptive. To be open to the infinite possibilities that come with our capacity for knowledge.

There are studies showing for instance that in most organisations, the finance department spends the equivalent of Monday to Wednesday lunchtime just processing invoices and payments. That’s half a week wasted on pushing paper and manual data entry.

Changing this is vital to the long term survival of a company. Keeping competitive or even ahead of the competition means embracing change and working together as a team to implement it, work with it and adapt to it.

Get the right tech

Nothing has been more helpful to our efficiency than technology. The advances made in the past few years have transformed the way we live our lives. We have access to services and goods in minutes, we pay for things with our thumb print and make call through our messaging apps.

Yet again, if you don’t work for a tech company — you will need to leave all that digital efficiency you know and love at the door as soon as you step into your offices. But getting the right tech will make your work life better. You’ll find not having to push paper around, make countless calls or save endless new versions of spreadsheets very liberating. You’ll be able to look up from your desk for the first time and walk around freely, doing your tasks on the go. Just like you do at home. A few clicks and you’re done. The right tech can be the difference between a budget sinkhole to a revenue generator.

Don’t hesitate, collaborate!

Work with your teams to get change implemented and new tech assimilated. Just like a brand-new employee, give change a chance. So many companies try their hand at something new for a couple of months and then decide it’s too hard and they give up and revert to their safe, inefficient programmes.

Giving yourself time to adapt is key here and getting the whole team/company to do the same is an absolute requirement for success. We are all creatures of habit but when the habit is bad for you, you must make that change and stick with it. Give it six months, give it a year — then draw a line and see how your life’s changed.

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