Work smarter not harder
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Nobody cares how busy your are or how work you late, they just care what you get done.

Source: 15 Scientifically Proven Ways to Work Smarter, Not Just More

Friday afternoon, Labor Day weekend, and here I am talking about work? What the fuck am I thinking?

I’m thinking that we’re probably going to have some downtime over the next three days and this would make good reading.

I’m also thinking that a lot of dudes (said in the most non-gender-specific way possible) get stressed the last four months of the year trying to meet year-end goals. I know about the pressure. I’ve been there. After Labor Day, the push is on. Bosses become real hard-asses. Yelling, screaming, and firing is possible. Year-end bonuses are on the line. Stress, man. Who needs it?

So, doesn’t it make sense that if there are ways to get through these next few months without so much stress that we might want to take that route? Sure, we might say, “fuck it” every chance we get, but those days are fewer this time of year. We’ve got to do what has to be done, you know, man.

There are some very good ideas in this list, too. You’ll want to click the link up there for the full article, but here’s the quick rundown:

  1. Track your time
  2. Unplug every 90 minutes
  3. Take a nap
  4. Work in natural light
  5. Evaluate your internet speed
  6. Bring the outside, in
  7. Plan your day the night before
  8. Get happy
  9. Avoid the news
  10. Take breaks with a friend
  11. Watch YouTube (no, seriously)
  12. Adjust your thermostat
  13. Declutter
  14. Single task
  15. Listen to music

Of all those, my favorite is taking a nap, of course. Dudes know the value of a nap. I’ve learned to sleep sitting up so I can take a quick one without leaving my office chair; just close the office door and relax for a few minutes. That makes all the difference in the world.

I’m not so good at the Decluttering, part, though. I primarily work from home, which means children have access to my desk. If there’s an open surface, they’re putting something on it. If there’s not, they just add to the stack. Trying to declutter around here is its own stress, so it falls into the “fuck it” pile until I just get hemmed in.

Bonus: there’s actual science stuff to back up these habits. When your boss bitches about you taking that nap, or taking a break with your buds every 90 minutes, you can show them the science. Might keep you from getting fired.

Look, I want you to have a good weekend. But what happens afterward is hell, man. Take a few minutes and read the article, dude. It might just enhance your ability to abide.

Abide in peace,
-The Old Man

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