It’s fall! Work smarter, not harder

By now, your workload is probably hitting overtime. It’s fall! The students are back, the freshmen are lost, the instructors are in a tizzy. How do you intend to manage your workload? Don’t let it take over your life!

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Look at that beard. This dude is mellow. Are you?

The time is now to set good habits for the entire semester. If you don’t manage your work conscientiously, you are likely to fall into a pattern of inefficiency and, let’s face, despair. (cue dramatic music!)

Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is already home because she figured out a faster way to get things done. – Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson, Rework (Medium)

Matt Steel at Medium shares his workaholic story in his post The Abundance of Slowness. He offers a philosophical reflection on a culture that values working long hours over working smart, and challenges you to change your perspective.

One quick change you can make now to reduce your daily burnout is to limiting the number of decisions you make in a day to lighten your cognitive load. Little decisions add up – and before you know it you become mentally fatigued. Routinize your day to reduce your decisions so that you can focus better on what matters.

Now that you’ve decided to commit to working smarter, here’s a 90-minute Plan for Personal Effectiveness. The secret is setting aside a block of time each morning to do NOTHING else but work on something that really matters to you. Shut off your cell, ignore the phone, and just work without distractions for a full ninety minutes.

What do you do to stay sane? Leave a comment below!

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