Is working smarter mean being more productive? more effective?
Obviously two very loaded words. Been used thru out the history of IT and Business...
Here is a 2006 HBR article by Stever Robbins that gets into some of this:
"Working smart is risky. If you work smart, you'll have more free time.That means more leisure, shorter work hours, or . . . more work. If youuse the free time to take on more commitments, you're just as busy asbefore, but now you are so tightly scheduled that a slip in one projectcan cascade to many more projects. Happiness happens when productivityenables a higher-quality life, not frantic overachievement"
"To work faster, you'll have to get into the zone"
"Key to entering the zone is eliminating distraction"
"Your biggest distractions will come from you, though. You'll multitask"
"Another way to work smarter is by distinguishing busy from productive"
"The 80/20 rule says that 80 percent of your results come from just 20 percent of your efforts"
"Working faster, identifying your 80/20 opportunities, and usingopportunities for parallelism all take thought and planning before youreap the rewards"
And then you collaborate, collaborate, collaborate...
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You may have seen this data from OECD (organization for economic co-operation and development):
Koreans workers burn around 2266 hours on the average in 2007.
Polish were second with 1953 hours
Japan: 1808 hours
USA: 1798 hours
France: 1457 hours
Germany: 1353 hours
More data here: http://stats.oecd.org/wbos/index.aspx?r=97791
So what about productivity? Not really in the same order for sure :-)
per some of the Wikepedia entries ...
So Working smarter would mean then that I am able to spend less time at work and maybe try to get closer to the 8-8-8 balance of work-sleep-social kind of equation the industrial revolution brought to us? There is enough data out there on the sleep part that we all need 7-8 hours of sleep every day :-)
Could it be then that the remaining 8+8 gets a new twist in terms of how you leverage social media?