Ten Tips That Help You Work Smarter

By Dennis McCafferty
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We're sure that, by now, you're tempted to clobber the next person who tells you to "Work smarter, not harder!" That's easy to say—and easier to do—when you're not saddled with demanding bosses, fickle customers, dysfunctional co-workers and unforgiving deadlines. That said, the harsh reality is that these issues aren't going to go away by themselves. And if you allow them to build up, they'll create a perfect storm of relentless pressure within your daily routine. It doesn't have to be that way. Those who know how to "command the load" constantly emerge on top, while not appearing to break a sweat. With this in mind, consider the following "work smarter" tips from management expert Daniel Pink. His advice covers a wide range of must-have skills, including the need to work more efficiently, cultivate creative excellence, routinely meet (and exceed) expectations and market yourself. Pink is a bestselling author of, among other titles, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (Riverhead/available now). He served as an aide to Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and as a speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore.

This article was originally published on 2013-09-06
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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