- Published: January 6, 2016
A common phrase in business development courses and training sessions is: Work Smarter, Not Harder. Sounds easy enough, but exactly what’s entailed to achieve the same level of productivity with less work?
Understanding how to work smarter is a lesson in priorities; knowing which parts of the business, project, or job are both important and urgent; and which are neither of those two things. How can a business owner identify and define such priorities? Drawing a box on a sheet of paper is a good starting point. Next, fill in the box with two centered vertical and horizontal lines, creating four equal quadrants. The upper left box is for items that are Urgent and Important; the upper right box is for items that are Important, but Not Urgent; lower left is Urgent, but Not Important; and lower right is Not Urgent and Not Important.