Working Smarter

July 17th, 2012

In today's fast-paced business world, you are probably taking on more and more work to keep up with demand, which includes putting in extra hours to get the job done. It may not be uncommon to work 50, 60 or even 70 hour work weeks, however much research has been published to show that this is actually not the most productive way to work. In a white paper published by the International Game Developers Association, Evan Robinson documents the benefits of the traditional 40 hour work week.

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“More than a century of studies show that long-term useful worker output is maximized near a five-day, 40-hour workweek,” says Robinson. “Productivity drops immediately upon starting overtime and continues to drop until, at approximately eight 60-hour weeks, the total work done is the same as what would have been done in eight 40-hour weeks. In the short term, working over 21 hours continuously is equivalent to being legally drunk. Longer periods of continuous work drastically reduce cognitive function and increase the chance of catastrophic error.”

Catch 22

However, the problem is that many employees are being asked to take on more work than can fit in the 40 hour work week. How can you get everything done and not sacrifice quality and efficiency? The term “working smarter not harder” has been the rally cry of many businessmen/businesswomen. There have been many books, blogs and life coaches that claim to have the keys to this success.

One simple way to help cram more in a day is through technology. There have been a lot of great innovations that have been a boon to productivity, such as mobile apps – “there is an app for that,” the cloud – accessing information anywhere/anytime, tablets – taking work on the go, and other multi-functional devices that are ergonomic, such as the 2.4GHz Wireless On-Lap Keyboard with Optical Trackball and Scroll Wheel – combining comfort and productive.

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Avoiding Burnout, Prioritizing Work/Life

Nobody wins when employees burn out, so ensuring there is a proper work/life balance is an important aspect to any business.

“Find your rhythm -- your rhythm is what matters to you so much that when you miss it you're resentful of your work,” said Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's new CEO.“

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There are many techniques for how to make the most of your time at work, but any plan for how to maximize productivity should include important considerations, such as: prioritizing projects, determining the best way to complete it, delegating where possible, getting enough sleep, eating right, and identifying technology that can help you get more done, such as those that help with work/life balance by working remotely.

The most important thing to remember is that it is your life – you only get one, so make it count!

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