Work smarter, not harder and other not-so-impossible tips for entrepreneurs
For many, September is an unofficial new year. For me, it’s an opportunity to revisit my goals from January and fine tune my work processes – a check-in and chance to do a better job before the year draws to a close.
But is working harder really necessary? The hamster wheel I’m running on already goes at an insane, breakneck pace. Maybe it’s time to work on my efficiency, work smarter not harder and all that jazz. To help me figure it all out, I turned to my social networks for advice – always a rich source of information.
If you’re struggling to ramp up efficiency and enjoy all of your big, beautiful life – family AND business – check out some of the articles I’ve found. Hopefully we’ll start working less, doing more and enjoying it all a whole lot more.
Stop working long hours: 10 ways to maximize productivity
Is it possible to work less and still be productive? The short answer is yes. The key to being more productive is to do less and focus on what really matters. It’s also about finding a better balance between your work and personal life. Read more at PicktheBrain.com.
5 non-network-y ways to network with the best of them
It’s true that networking often gets a bad reputation,” says Porter Gale, the former vice president of marketing at Virgin America, and author of Your Network is Your Net Worth. “My advice is to shift your mind-set and focus on developing authentic values-based relationships rather than just collecting transactional interactions.” After all, you don’t need to know everyone. You just need to know a few people who’ll go to bat for you. Read more at FastCompany.
What productive people do to get it all done
If you struggle to check everything off your list, you aren’t alone. According to a 2012 survey by LinkedIn, only 11 percent of professionals globally said they were able to complete all the items on their to-do list in an average workday. The survey also found that 83.3 percent of those working in agriculture accomplished all or most of the tasks on their lists, followed by 79.1 percent of those in the consumer industry and 77.3 percent of those in the service industry. Read more at the HuffingtonPost.
12 things successful women do differently
Every woman has her own definition of success. But there are certain traits that most successful women share. I spend a good part of my work day reading and writing about women who have achieved great things – and I make it a point to surround myself with women who are well on their way to doing so. Read more at the HuffingtonPost.
19 things successful people do on social media
Successful people believe they are adding value to your day, on and off social media. My Forbes colleague David DiSalvo opened his very popular post:
The 10 Reasons Why We Fail with a Yoda and Luke conversation:
Luke: I can’t believe it.
Yoda: That is why you fail.
Read more at Forbes.