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Working Smarter, Not Harder...

author – Brian Niddery (2004)
                       
Every once in a while we need a personal tune up.  Unlike an automobile that needs filters and fluids replaced, or our oil changed (maybe some of us could use that too!), we need to perform a tune-up on how we spend our work time.  Are we being as productive as we could be?  As head honcho of an organization one should spend as much time as possible on the things that actually makes the company money?  However in the usual day-to-day course of business, one can easily fall into that trap of dealing with routine stuff, and burden oneself with the myriad of details that really don't make us any money. 

As the senior person in your company, you feel of course that you know more about what's happening within your organization than anyone else, and so it seems easier to deal with a minor concern personally, rather than taking the time to properly delegate the responsibility.  However, over time these concerns have a tendency to become a regular and on-going array of duties that continue piling up on your shoulders. 

Before you know it, your time is buried under a host of daily responsibilities that tend to displace any discretionary time you might have had to invest in those really important projects and ideas that will actually grow your company.   

We should be working smarter, not harder! 

Most sports professionals constantly keep themselves in tune. They practice often, keep themselves fit, and regularly go back to basic training.  Professional tennis players are regularly coached and work on their grip, the swing, and foot work.  Same thing holds true for those who play golf, baseball, basketball, or indeed almost any professional sport.  I often think that there is a great similarity between professional sports and business.  Unlike professional sports however, business people rarely keep themselves in tune. We lose our edge by becoming more involved in routine day-to-day details, rather than spending our precious work hours doing those things that can actually improve or move our enterprise forward.  If we could somehow concentrate our efforts on those things that will make us money, and eliminate the parts of our game that slow us down or encumber our time; we would then likely be able to run a more growing and profitable enterprise. 

It's all in the swing of things, whether a professional athlete or a businessperson, we need to practice doing the right kind of things - by working smarter, not harder!
Come to think of it, I could probably use a tune up on my game as well...