There is a debate between either working harder or smarter, but I believe you can combine the two and work more efficiently when you tackle a task. Working harder in shorter bursts, and focusing completely for a limited time, is far more productive than dragging things out to fill time. Surely you want to complete the task and still have time left to do all the good stuff that you enjoy.
Try this for yourself. Take a task that you normally do and write down the process that you need to follow. Be very clear on the steps required and what resources you will need to complete the task. Now write down how long you would normally take to complete the task. You have now completed a plan of attack to complete the task.
What I would like, is for you to do it in half the time. Create and deadline that can’t be broken. Convince yourself how important it is to complete the task in the new allotted time. Failure to finish by this deadline is not an option. You don’t have time to think about what can go wrong so you will tackle the challenge with military precision. You won’t have time to procrastinate or get distracted, you just need to go for it and do what you need to do.
Your competitive nature will drive you to succeed. You will focus on winning the race, the race against your most valuable commodity, time. You will gain the same euphoria winning extra time as you would win any other challenge. It will leave you with a sense of achievement and give you a spike of happiness in your day.
Now challenge your competitiveness and do the challenge again taking off another fifty per cent. Push yourself to complete it as efficiently as you can as quickly as you can. Don’t think about it just do it. Hone your skills and turn yourself into a well-oiled machine just for that moment in time.
I found this a great way to complete all the tasks which I hated but needed to be done. The jobs that always went to the back of the queue and never got finished now became a challenge. I reframed something boring into something exciting and gained time for me in the process.
Extract from the book “Understanding The Mirror” written by Mike Bowden pages 194-196 http://www.changingoutcomes.co.uk/