Power in the Workplace: Work Smarter; Not Harder – by PCS

pcsWork on your time management skills. When you have important work to accomplish, ignore your inbox and telephone. Focus on the task at hand; at times multi-tasking can be counterproductive.

Get straight to the point, get on the phone.  One quick phone call can often clarify and avoid lengthy and confusing email chains.

Take a break. Working too hard for too long can be counterproductive. A short break and change of pace can invigorate and refresh you. Being tired and edgy is not conducive for productivity.

Have a clear, concise action plan: Focus on the goal and cut the fluff. Come prepared to meetings with clear agendas. Stay focused on your bottom line and don’t get thrown off by trivialities. 

Delegate: Be realistic. Delegating time consuming tasks will leave you with more time to accomplish what you are good at.

Finding the most effective ways of doing things is half the battle. Research effectively, learn from smart, accomplished people, and speak to the pros. Ask questions and never jump into something too fast.

By Professional Career Services (PCS), a nonprofit division of Agudath Israel. Lakewood 732-905-9700; http://www.pcsnynj.org/

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