Working smarter, not harder
The majority of us aim to get the most amount of work done in the shortest time possible, seeking to deliver superior results. Alas, this is not always the case as the storm of emails roll into our inbox and extra tasks build onto our to-do lists. This is when good intentions may go out the window and we struggle to tackle the mountain before us. Music to our ears is that with a few simple tools, it is actually easy to work smarter, not harder, and come out on top.
Various elements of time management, knowing when and how to delegate, as well as being self-aware allows an individual to prioritise and essentially figure out the best strategy in order to reach deadlines in the quickest and most time efficient manner. As the Founder and Creative Director of Design Haus Medy, Medy Navani offers his advice to help you understand the fundamentals of implementing a “working smarter” approach.
1. Create and stick to a routine
At the start of each day, the best practice to ensure you have a productive schedule is to establish a routine. When you have a list of tasks to be completed, you are able to work at a faster pace as you no longer have to think about what is next on the list. Place the jobs of highest priority on top and work your way down. This allows you to stop getting distracted by menial jobs and will increase overall productivity levels.
2. One at a time
A common misconception is the notion that if we do numerous tasks at the same time, we will automatically accomplish more. People are far more productive when focusing on a singular task and not splitting their concentration. Trying to do too many elements at once will lead to getting overwhelmed, having a lot of tasks started but very few completed. Concentrate on one thing at a time and it will not only produce higher quality work, it will also be done a whole lot faster as you centralize on what is required specifically for that task.
3. Slow down
This may sound counterproductive but work a million miles a second does not necessarily mean you are working productively. The idea that all work must be completed at a fast pace may lead to increased mistakes and therefore wasted time in having to redo them. Slow down and think about the approach to the job at hand. It will help you identify more efficient ways of accomplishing the project, providing a clear structure to work most effectively.
4. Tighten up meetings
Meetings are one of the most time-consuming requirements during the work day, taking a large chunk of time from each attendee and from other tasks to be completed. To counteract this, introduce a written agenda for each meeting to use as a guide and keep things on track. Placing a time cap with an expectation of the desired outcome will also reduce time wasted and lower unproductivity levels. It will make the meetings far more beneficial and allow everyone to get on with their day to complete other obligations.
5. Relieve stress
Stress hinders work performance due to its impact on health, energy, well-being and mental alertness. Effective stress management is an important technique to increase your control of demanding situations in advance. Taking a step back and giving yourself a moment to think during added pressure will allow you to gain perspective on how to solve the issue in a calm and collected manner. Go for a walk around the block, listen to meditation, or perhaps speak with a friend. By reducing stress you ultimately increase your overall utility.
About Design Haus Medy:
Established in 2006, Design Haus Medy is an award winning architecture and interior design practice based in Dubai. With innovation at the heart, the company creates unique architecture and interiors with the aim of enriching people’s lives and making the world a more beautiful place. With over 233 projects completed, Design Haus Medy uses a bespoke approach for each client, rich in intellectual rigour and creativity, to develop inspiring places with a powerful visual impact. The company’s multi-disciplinary practice includes planning, programming, architecture, and interior design. Working alongside international partners
including the likes of Emaar, Emirates, Sofitel Hotels & Resorts, uniBank, Star Assurance, The Cake Bar, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Tourism and Topaz Energy and Marine, to name but a few, each discipline is built and supported by specialists with over a decade of experience.
About Medy Navani:
Medy Nahravani is a German Architect who has become renowned internationally for the design of prestigious private homes and the creation of stunning bespoke interior design concepts. His design ethos hinges on “less is more”, using chic designs with contemporary furnishings. An addict of his work with an insatiable desire for new innovative ideas regarding form, function and finishing, Medy started his journey as a graduate of Architecture from the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg.
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