Working Hard vs Working Smart


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Welcome back. In today’s video we’re going to have a look at ways you can improve some essential life skills that will make you better off professionally. And that will also improve your all-round quality of life. But first, we’re going to start off with a question: If this sounds familiar, the reason may not be the amount of work you’re putting in, but the way you’re doing it. In other words, as well as working hard, you need to work smart… Lots of people work hard, but only a few become truly successful And this is where smart work comes in. And to start working smarter, there’s an essential rule that you need to keep in mind. The value of what you produce isn’t about how much work went into it – it’s measured
by how useful it is to people. So if you can get the same end result, and create
something of value by putting in less effort and time, then that’s the route you should be taking. And you shouldn’t feel ashamed that you’ve done less work to get there. It will mean that the time, effort and other resources you’ve saved can all be put to far better use. On the face of it, it seems obvious, but it’s something a lot of people could be doing better. So let’s dive in, and look at a few tips on how to work smarter. Before you start any task, it’s important to have a clear picture of what you want to achieve. You’ll need to know what steps are essential to get there; and which ones aren’t necessary, and can be cut out if time doesn’t allow. Too many people end up spending way too long on minor details that nobody’s going to notice or care about. This is because they’ve lost sight of the bigger picture, and in some cases, because they’re too much of a perfectionist. Now the key isn’t necessarily to stop being a perfectionist – this depends on the task you’re given. Imagine you’re an aircraft engineer, and you’re working on a safety feature of an airplane. This is a situation in which you do want to be a perfectionist because the bigger picture tells you that if it’s not perfect, the cost is going to be huge. And the extra time you’ll spend working on getting it just right is worth it. But, now let’s compare that with another scenario. Let’s say you’re preparing a PowerPoint for a work presentation. You know what you’re going to say, but you end up spending hours looking for the right graphics for your slides, even though they aren’t central to what you want to deliver. In this case, you should probably settle for the graphics you’ve got, and moving onto something more productive. Next, you’ll need to manage your time well. Every smart worker knows that time is the most precious resource they have. If you’re going to create things of value, you only have a certain amount of time to do this, so you need to use it wisely. One thing that a lot of successful people do at the start of the day is to set themselves a list of goals. They make realistic estimates of how much time they need to spend on each task; effectively, a schedule for the day. We’re not saying you need to stick to this schedule 100%; you can always modify it here and there. But if you constantly find yourself spending more time than what you’ve given yourself for tasks, there’s something wrong. In this case, you need to have a rethink things. The key is to make realistic estimates of how long each task will take, and respect those time limits so you fit everything in hat you need. Also, don’t try to multi-task too much. Most people can only handle so many things at the same time. So if you’re trying to solve five problems at once, your brain will probably be so overcrowded with random ideas for each problem, you won’t be able to focus fully on any one of them. Concentrate on one thing at a time, and try to organize your life so that you don’t have too many tasks on the go at once. Everything we do in life involves a system; from the biological systems that make our bodies work, to systems that govern how money changes hands, to psychological systems that make people take us seriously or not. If we have a good working knowledge of the system we’re dealing with, we can improve our chances of success. Let’s look at the example of an entrepreneur looking for investors for a start-up. Some budding businesspeople spend hours making materials for pitches and then delivering them to potential investors. But it all comes to nothing. Their business ideas might be great, and they’ve worked hard on it. But the problem is that they don’t really understand what the investors are looking for, and what’s going to grab their attention and make them sign up. Then there are other entrepreneurs who study the system. They understand how investors operate, and they do research on individual investors they’re going to pitch to. The time they spend doing this is a lot more worthwhile than spending endless hours on changing the wording of their pitch. A lot of people who are working hard on something but failing, just don’t understand the system they’re working with. This is true of your friend who’s an excellent employee but does poorly on job interviews. They probably haven’t looked into how to impress job interviewers and give them what exactly they’re looking for. And what about that guy in the gym who’s always there, but just doesn’t seem to be able to get into shape? He probably needs to study how fitness training works. Whatever the system you’re dealing with, understanding it helps you get to your goal faster, cheaper, and with higher chances of success. We’re not talking about cutting corners in a way that will make the end result less valuable, or leave somebody else to pick up the mess. We’re talking about getting to the same target faster. Think about a worker who has to deliver a spreadsheet, and spends a long time creating the entire thing from scratch. While another worker given the same task spends a few minutes finding a suitable template. And in those few minutes, half the job is already done. The second worker is smarter because they’ve found a shortcut that will give them the same result. In fact, finding shortcuts is something you learn in basic maths at school. Think back to when you’d just learned how to do sums like this one. Your teacher then taught you that if you multiply 2 by 5, it gives you the same answer quicker. This is the same rule of thumb. Whatever your area of work, there’ll be shortcuts that help you do your job faster and more efficiently. Spend some time looking into them, because a few hours spent finding them can save you hundreds of hours in the long run. Smart workers always know when there’s somebody else who can solve a problem better than them. And they don’t hesitate to ask them. Besides this, they also probably have a network of people they can turn to. In a lot of cases, this will involve paying a specialist to do something for you. And this might be the most effective solution– like when you need your own website but don’t know how to create one yourself. But sometimes, it might just mean bouncing ideas off colleagues at work. When you can’t find a fix for a problem, sharing ideas with others will open up new perspectives you hadn’t seen before. And people who frequently bounce ideas off others are generally better at solving problems than those who don’t. And of course, if you’re going to expect other people to be available to help solve your problems, you’re also going to have to make yourself available in return. When you do this, you’re creating a network that you can make use of when you need help. Now, we’ve just mentioned that there are times you’ll want to make yourself available to others. But there are other times when you won’t. In fact, when you’ll want to shut yourself off completely to concentrate on the task at hand. This might be when there’s a deadline looming, when you’re working on a tight schedule, or when you want to make progress with a longer-term project. In too many workplaces, people waste time on interactions that don’t get them anywhere. If you’ve got into five conversations about your weekend before you even open up your computer, this is probably the case. And remember that phone calls, emails, and conversations on messenger can be huge distractions as well. So you should know how to block these out. Some experts even suggest that you should avoid checking your work emails first thing in the morning, and leave them until you’ve got a few key tasks taken care of. But, to be fair, whether you want to do this depends on your workflow, and how urgent those emails are likely to be. But definitely, when you have important tasks to do, the only answer is to knuckle down and focus, and completely shut out interruptions. Smart workers know how to politely signal to colleagues that they don’t want to be interrupted. And at times they’ll even switch off their phones or the internet so they can pay attention to the task they’re working on. Procrastinating means delaying an important task, often by losing yourself in distractions. And it’s probably the biggest enemy of smart working. Everybody on earth has an in-born tendency to procrastinate. But smart workers know how to keep this tendency in check. So how can we do this? As we’ve already mentioned, cut off distractions. If possible, totally switch off all social networks. Organize your workplace so it’s tidy and clutter-free. If you’ve got a huge task to do that you find scary, break it down into a list of smaller, more achievable ones. This makes it appear a lot easier to dive in to. And once you’ve got going, tick smaller tasks off one by one on a list; this will give you a sense of progress. If you can do the hardest stuff first this will make the rest of it seem easy by comparison; and before you know it, you’ll be nicely on track. Take breaks, but give them a time limit. And finally, train your will power bit by bit. It does take will power to tackle intimidating tasks, but even if you don’t think will power is one of your strong points, don’t worry – it can be trained. Think of will power like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it’s going to get. Build it up over time, and you’ll see yourself procrastinating less and less. So it looks like we’ve been arguing that working smart wins over working hard, right? Actually, wrong. The point ist hat to be successful, you do have to work hard; but a lot of people do work hard, but forget to work smart. If you can do both, you’ll be giving yourself a huge advantage. And remember, working smart shouldn’t involve taking advantage of anybody. Working smart means being efficient, not being sneaky. Let us know in the comments. And, of course, for staying with us until the end, we’d like to share one last bonus idea. Just take a look at this picture. This illustrates how it’s usual for people to look for a trick, or a supposedly clever way of doing something, when in reality the answer isn’t something magical. It’s just about simple efficiency.
Imagine you have to push a cube. You know that if only you had a sphere, you’d make things move ten times faster. A lot of people spend ages trying to figure out how to furn the cube into the ball. But the smart way isn’t to try doing this, because either impossible or will take a huge amount of work. The smart way is to use a cart to carry the cube. Yet a lot of people don’t figure this out, and spend too long trying to turn the cube into a sphere. Instead of searching for a utopic sphere, just outsource a cart. Even if it comes at a price, you’ll be able to carry many more cubes, pay for the cart, and still make a profit. Thank you for spending some time with us Aluxers. Make sure to like and subscribe so you never miss another video. We also handpicked these videos which we recommend you watch next. You can talk to us on all social media or ask a question on our website ALUX.com! Thank you for being an Aluxer and we’ll see you back tomorrow.

100 thoughts on “Working Hard vs Working Smart

  1. Hello Aluxers! which of these tips for working smarter you find the most useful. Or, do you have any of your own tips that we haven’t covered that you’d like to share?
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  2. Pro tip:multi tasking always fails very badly until you realize that you ruined the house of card while trying to open fans for your efficiency/heat tolerance .. Major tasks 1st in the morning & then minor ones for the day is a good going idea, for sure.

  3. It’s not a long linear progression.
    Working hard and smart, until you own your time and don’t rush with your upcoming projects.

  4. Excellent Video. Already sent to my team. Extra TIP: Always look for hang out with people smarter than you. Is the frase "You’re The Average Of The Five People You Surround Yourself With" true? Hummm… nop! It's not that simple. But it is 100% true they really can influence your behavior. 😎

  5. 👍 Way to go Alux! This is one of your BEST videos in my opinion 💗 I especially loved the BONUS when you talked about moving the cube versus the sphere! Thanks again and keep the insightful videos coming. Enjoy an amazing weekend 😊

  6. While working smarter is important because we want to be more efficient, it does not replace working hard. Working hard means sacrificing the now to enjoy the fruits of your labor later.

  7. Avoid procrastination
    Take a break from social media
    Have a Willpower
    Ask for help

    These were my favorite points from this video.

  8. The Old School rich fks want you to "worker harder" (like "they did" according to them) they don't want you to be in their level. They have that scarce mentality because they want to be "the elite" fkers!!!

  9. MY MOST USEFUL TIPs
    4) Find shortcuts. and 5) Know when to ask for help

    The 80:20 percent rule is definitely one rule for working smart.
    I just happened to be one of those people who work hard but not smart so thank you Alux

  10. Wait so technically, everyone who just looks in the comments for the list of what Alux said are working smarter 🤔

  11. I think that understanding the concept of a process is very important, the process of life, business, finances, personal growth, and then you understand where you belong in the process, then you decide what's next…

  12. I Got 1. Thing Out Of Your Work Smarter Not Harder ADD!. You Are Politically Correct. White People Are Not Smart Enough To Work Smarter & Black People Are! Check Your Add & Yourself!🤔

  13. Well, what always works for me an can be seen as a little summary of this video is: “Plan your work and work your plan!”

  14. I've seen too many times in my jobs when someone who works with excel, just for a simple addition problem, spend so much time with input when they could just set up the program to do what you want it to do. They work for excel instead of excel working for them.They work so hard when just taking a small bit of time to figure it out saves them so much effort.

  15. Some of the best moves I made in 2019 was job hopping. All of the jobs I worked in the past paid less and many of them don't exist anymore.

  16. There are tasks or jobs where hard work is required and smart working doesn't even really exists. E.g. Trading. I've been trading now for a while and the one thing I've noticed is, that there are no shortcuts! It's pretty straigtforward, you have to do your homework: Dig for economic data, like a dog that searches for his bone, interpret the data correclty, analyze trader reports, do technical/price action analysis and manage risk and ALWAYS stick to your principles. (Even afterall there's still a chance of being wrong)

  17. Working hard and smarter is a great way to achieve goals learn valuable skills and having piece of mind. Just my opinion alux.com

  18. Work Hard
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    Name : Edward Michael Grylls better known as Bear Grylls
    YouTube channel : beargryllsweb
    Total YouTube subscribers : 9.96K
    Education : served in the British Army reserves with 21 SAS as a trooper trained in unarmed combat, desert and winter warfare, survival, climbing, parachuting, and explosives.

    Work Smart
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    Name : Raymond Paul Mears better known as Ray Mears
    YouTube channel : Raymond Paul Mears
    Total YouTube subscribers : 85K
    Education : a member of the naval cadre of the Combined Cadet Force, want to join the Royal Marines, but he could not meet the eyesight requirements for entry.

    In the end both also work hard to become the best survivor, but I think Ray Mears finally found a better way, he always find a way to do good trades with all the humans he meet in a very harsh conditions, while Bear Grylls mostly applied the military 'zero trust' survival skills.

  19. What if you're surrounded by idiots that make life hard and difficult without high definition cable television?

  20. Can you make a video on having a wealthy husband. I’m interested in the data and the analytical side of marriage and its effects on support and also the emotional/spiritual side on the pros and cons for both wife and husband.

  21. "Procrastination is the enemy of smart worker", this was the best tip…

    "Hard" work in addition with "Smart" work makes the "Heart" work

    Hard work + Smart work = Heart work

  22. I read this somewhere about procrastination, let's say you have to do something important but don't feel like doing it. You procrastinate by saying I'll just do something else for 5 minutes, but somehow that 5 minutes turns into hours. Why not use this bug/feature of our brain to our advantage? Just start working on the important thing for 5 minutes, and slowly you may become hooked to doing it for hours, till you complete it 🙂

  23. Pleasezzzz . Make vedio on how brands are moving towards digital media for marketing and how influencer marketing is going to boom in upcoming year ! And career in it

  24. Most of us can work smart provided they control their emotions. Anger clouds memory, worry lowers recall, depression leads to procrastination, fear is both good and bad, discard the latter, mental lethargy is more tiresome than physical lethargy so stop unnecessary thinking. Follow up, follow up and follow up, assumption is mother of all goofups.

  25. Can you make the video on " How to live the best of your life ?"
    Is it the good work all that matters ? , what about the personal happiness and freedom ?
    I am really confused at this .
    Love from Nepal🇳🇵🇳🇵

  26. Things that are equal to the same thing- are equal to each other. I apply this concept to every task. Becoming a master of efficiency- is paramount- if you want to become highly successful.

  27. Working smarter instead of harder works; unless you are a weight lifter. Then you need to simply work harder. Working smarter can also be like perfectionism. Sometimes people spend so much time trying to figure out how to get out of work, that they could have just done the work to begin with, and would have been well on the way towards getting something done. Working smarter works best for routines, where you already know what you want to do anyway – you just want to do it better. But sometimes you need to get it done the quick and dirty way, by simply working harder.

    As for doing the hardest thing first, think of a train moving along the tracks. It starts out by barely moving, and then by moving an inch at a time. But then it moves faster and faster, until it becomes unstoppable. Be like the train. Instead of the hardest thing first, do the EASIEST thing first. Then do the next easiest thing, and the next easiest thing. By the time that you have done all of the easiest things, you will have built up enough momentum to do the hardest things. It is human nature to be lazy. So if you can do the easiest things first, these take very little effort, and can be used to overcome the inertia of sitting still.

    As for perfectionism, that is often the fear of failure. You don't want perfectionism, even when maintaining an aircraft where people's lives depend on you. What you want instead, is attention to detail. You want people who can OBSERVE every little detail – including things that other people might miss. That is sometimes confused with perfectionism, but in reality, it is attention to detail. And in other areas, if you can observe things that other people miss, then you can stay one step ahead of the competition. You can create a new invention, you can find a business niche that nobody else has found, or you can find an investment opportunity that everybody else thinks is crazy – until it starts making money.

  28. Bosses rarely talk about working smart. They almost always talk about working harder. Why? So that you remain an employee instead of their boss.

  29. what happens when detail is something also noted by people? Would there be time for both a strong approach and detail?

  30. The problem is it seems like most of these millionaire jobs, or billionaire careers seem to be the same type of jobs. What about trades. What if working these types of careers are not your passion?

  31. I've found some creative bosses seek some type of innovation or a white paper that clarifies the new technology…..but they don't really know how to explain what they are seeking….your questions are key to finding out what they are really seeking from you…and then you can deliver something really cool… above and beyond what they were thinking of.

  32. Alux the gym part can be different.. I go to the gym to release anger so I can go work the next day.. Some people do there job wrong, so I need to work around them and not look at the bad they do.. If you correct them they get angry at you..
    And its mostly self push, more than another.

  33. Please cover some best demanding well paid career and job options are available in recent market industries and free online courses certification too with having a bachelor or college degree one can make some good amount of money !

  34. In indonesia , working smart meaning working less with high income. For an example, if you have parents from goverment background, you can easily use your parents tittle to get the jobs.
    In here ,Working smart meaning " makan gaji buta ", work as less as possible but still got monthly high payment.

    The mind set of working smart and working hard is very different in every culture. In indonesia, people pay respect for lazy rich people rather than workers who work so hard. The system and work code is very different in here, you will not be able to get rich without doing any bribe and corruption in here, especially when it related to religions issues, where mostly some people outhere smart enough using religions as a tool for themselves to make theirs luxury life , selling hope to those hard stupid workers , and im one of those stupid hard workers that keep complaints life is unfair.

  35. Here's a question: how do I handle sneaky colleagues, who manage to convince the boss I should do their messy tasks instead of working on the tasks for the projects I'm in charge of, and claim their project is the most urgent one, while the work put in that project is very inefficient, and makes everyone in the office stop their work, only to work twice as hard and long on tasks that will have no value 24 hours later?
    I've had that and I remembered walking into the boss's office, telling him after a few weeks of working like a rat in a wheel: "Please tell me why I have to work like a rat running in a wheel ending up every morning in the same place I was the morning before, and the morning 3 weeks before? Working 14 hours a day for almost a month, is my problem. Not arriving to the gym all that time because all I do is work, is my problem. Not being with my family while my sick mother-in-law is being rushed from one hospital to another, is my problem. However, firm's projects being delayed and non of the work on them being don, is NOT my problem."
    How do I prevent this kind of situations to last more than 3 days?

  36. I think another valid point to consider for working smarter is to look for any learning from previous similar situations which can be achieved by looking at records and by contacting the right people who have the right experience on the matter.

  37. I dont believe that every one is working smart but they wanna collect pay check but nobody wants to work big companies wants push there employee to work hard but the employer it self want to be rich but not there employee who help them I call that rip off and B.S. tome

  38. The perfectionist looses to the progressive with time, everytime. Because when the progressive is celebrating at the finish line the perfectionist is still complaining about the uneven colour of the tracks. 😊

  39. Don't be afraid to attempt new things to make your work easier. It seems like a lot of people,especially in the workforce, deem ideas against the system lazy.
    If it saves time, effort, and energy, try it out.
    Appreciate you guys!

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