Working smarter, not harder

As the end of the quarter approaches, we anticipate our stress and work increasing. We know that mid-terms & finals are stressful, and evaluations make us a bit scared. But do you know what the best ways to plan out your work are?

 Once you learn how to work smart, you understand the importance of planning, prioritizing, and having SMART goals. In addition, understanding the ultimate purpose behind your actions means that you get to know why you do what you do, and therefore how you can reach your end goal more efficiently. 

 

First and foremost, let’s revise what SMART goals are:

 

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When you’re planning out your work, make sure your goals align with the SMART concept, this means to have specific goals that are realistic and achievable within the time frame you propose to yourself. Once you’ve got that down- it’s time to start working smarter. 

 


 

A few tips to working smarter:

 

  • Stop Multitasking

If you’re attempting to do many things at once, you risk completing none of them. So choose what you need to complete wisely. 

  • Work in 90-minute blocks (max) with 20-minute breaks in between

You don’t want to burn yourself out before completing your goal! Respect your timeline and give yourself time to rest your mind.

  • Give yourself 5 tasks to achieve per day (max)

Less is more! In order to maximize your focus and efficiency, don’t expect to finish 7 papers and 3 homework assignments in one day. Instead, pick and choose what you need to complete according to your priorities and goals. 

  • Front-load your week

Place more challenging and more significant tasks at the beginning of your week to feel accomplished and more motivated to continue with the smaller tasks for the rest of the week.

  • Chunking

Chunk similar tasks together in order to be more efficient and knock them out quicker! This works well for smaller tasks. 

These are just a few ways in which you can prepare for your upcoming midterms and finals. Working hard is good, but working smart is even better. Good luck!!

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