The concept of “” is now being advanced than
solely “working hard”.
SMART WORK IS NOT SUBSTITUTE OF HARD
WORK..they go hand in hand..
Working smart requires planning, proactive and
Time and Cost implication of end result should
always be considered.
Smart is . . .
• clever: showing intelligence and mental alertness
• keen: sharp, insightful and calculating in business
and all your dealings (activities).
• lively: vigorous and brisk (attitude)
• showing practical intelligence and expertise
• networking : you cannot get much done without
• result-oriented: having the end in view always
When I’m working smart,
I’m self-aware - I know myself, my emotions,
feelings, competences(K.S.A), limitations
(because when I know myself, I know where and
how to direct my efforts, process information,
regulate my behaviour, make decisions and
generally, organize myself).
I leverage on my network of contacts (colleagues,
friends, families, associates etc.) People are
I’m aware of my environment (PESTLE)
I delegate and follow through
I seek help when I need help
I learn from other people’s mistakes
I keep communication lines open always
I strategize accordingly
I manage my boss, hard as it may seem...
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
Working Hard Working Smart
getting the job done
Doing the job Getting the job done
Thinking/planning after doing
Thinking and planning ahead of
Dedication or doing work
without intention about result
Always having the end result
No added value (going the
One way of doing the job Many ways of getting the job
A Small story to define Smart Work.
Once Akbar Badshah sitting in his mahal, saw some people going
on camels. He sent one of his sardar to find out who are they?
He ran and came saying those are sellers. Badshah asked “what
are they selling?” Sardar again ran and came with answer “date"
Badshah asked “from which town are they?” again Sardar ran and
came with answer “Afganistan”. Akbar then asked to call Birbal.
When Birbal came, Badshah told him to go ask those people just
Who they are? Birbal went there came with a gift in hand for
Badshah, he said "your Majesty, they are sellers from Afganisthan
selling dates, they are going to Lakhanow, and when I told them
that HIS Majesty was asking about them They gave me a Gift for
HIS MAJESTY, this is the Gift”.
What Birbal did was Smart Work ! ! ! ! !
WORKING SMART MEANS:
you are continuously
making efforts at improving
yourself in every way:
- your knowledge
- your skills
- your attitudes
you plan well ahead of
you leverage on vital life
skills to have an advantage
over whatever situation you
may find yourself – vital life
skills such as:
- human relations ( healthy
interpersonal relations skills)
- communication skills
- negotiation skills
- problem-solving skills
- decision-making skills.
- organizational skills
WORK SMART BY SETTING
S - SPECIFIC
M - MEASURABLE
A - ACHIEVABLE
R - REALISTIC
T - TIME - BOUND (TIMELY)
BENEFITS OF WORKING
Fulfilment: you derive satisfaction,
contentment, achievement in what you do
Productivity: you achieve more output
without overly exerting yourself
Effectiveness: time, cost, results
Adding Value: going the extra mile as
permitted by authority.
CONSEQUENCES OF NOT
Burn-out, Fatigue, invariably our health is
Inability to achieve our set-goals, targets etc.
Low productivity (Poor value-add)
Loss of self worth, actualization
Output less than our input, as such, our
efforts are not being maximized.
Working Smart does not mean being cunning, lazy,
short-changing our organizations
Working Smart is applying hard work in a smart
It is not how hard we work, but how much we get
Setting SMART objectives, leveraging on our
SWOT and achieving effective results.