Working Less to Produce Better Results?

October 31, 2014

ID-10089825You’ve probably heard, “The key to success is not hard working but smart working.” Many of us (if we’re honest) find ourselves busy, but not necessarily more successful. Cammi Pham’s article on Business Insider highlights several key qualities that are keeping you from success.

Most notably, napping, saying “No,” and asking for help!

So what does this mean for you, our readers?

The three main takeaways from Pham’s article include:

1.  Let people help you

In the Dale Carnegie community, we talk a lot about how to treat people and engage them as leaders. But part of being a great leader is recognizing we can’t (and shouldn’t) do it all. When we are able to focus on our strengths and rest assured trusting and knowing there are others doing what they do best, it allows your work or business to soar. Community is not only helpful to your team, but provides better content and response to those around you.

2. Stop being a perfectionist

None of us are perfect. We are perfectly unique and that is cause to celebrate. Life is messy and that’s ok! As Dale Carnegie says, “Always be yourself, no matter what.” Embrace the journey and relax into your imperfections – it will actually help you become more successful.

3. Take a break

Stress can compound if we don’t have a way to release it and allow our brains to rest. That is when creativity and solutions usually come – when we allow ourselves to take a step back, relax, reflect and breathe. While it might seem like you don’t have the time to walk away, it’s actually the opposite – you can’t afford NOT to take a break. While it seems counterintuitive, it will allow you to focus and be more efficient when you are working, allowing you to work less and experience more success.

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