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How to Work Smarter

July 27th, 2017

To many, getting more done means spending more hours working. And often that is what it takes. But there are other ways to help you increase productivity, ways that do not involve simply putting in more hours. Here are a few.

1. Take up a creative hobby
If you are swamped with work, you may feel that you don’t have time for a hobby. But studies have shown that a hobby requiring creativity helps to enhance performance at work. It could be something like playing a musical instrument, drawing or painting, writing, or playing some kind of game. The creative energies that are released for your hobby will carry over into your work. These kinds of hobbies also help you to reduce stress from your job.

2. Do work that you are interested in
This may be easier on some jobs than others. But research supports the common sense idea that you are likely to perform better at a task that you find interesting than on one you do not. In fact, the degree of interest you have may be the most important factor in your ultimate success at a task. The more you are interested, the higher level your performance.

As a corollary to this, we also tend to perform better at work we find meaningful than otherwise. We persevere more and apply ourselves more to work that we see as important.

3. Maintain a good work-life balance
When your job takes over all of your time, squeezing out personal time, your work actually suffers. You become more stressed and are more likely to experience burnout.
For these reasons, it is important to try and set some boundaries between work and personal life. For example, not taking work home, or disengaging from technology when you are done with work.

4. Be grateful
We are so often consumed by our desires, by what we do not have, that we seldom take the time to consider what we do have. And here again, research has shown the positive effect that doing this has on our mental well being.

Thinking about all of the things we have to be grateful for helps to reduce stress, reduces physical ailments, and gives a greater sense of fulfillment. All of these things help our performance at work.

If you want to be smarter about finding a job, Trinity Staffing can help you. We have the experience and expertise to help find the right job for you. Give Trinity a call today.

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