How To Be Smart With Life, 6 Steps : Must Know.

Working Smart Not Hard.

The road to success involves working hard and smart with a certain limit. It can be either you are studying for your exams, working on your business idea or you are employed and you have a lot to do.

Of course achieving success involves hard work but you have to know how to plan, when to take breaks and how to listen to your intuition. So as to avoid burnouts, this is where working smart comes into play.


Signs That Show You Are Not Smart With Life.

  • You have a list of endless tasks and you are trying to accomplish them all at once.
  • You are working tirelessly without giving yourself enough time for breaks.
  • You feel like your efforts are not giving you the results that you deserve.
  • You are getting burnouts very often.
  • You have strained relationships.
  • You are mostly stressed.
  • You have an unhealthy work /life balance.




A very simple word but what does it mean? If you search the word on Google you will find it means an “intention or decision about what one is going to do.”  Planning is the first step into working smart and will give you the results you want. How do you plan your everyday activities?

  • Take a step back and look at everything that you are supposed to accomplish.
  • Consider the goals with the highest priority, this can be a deadline that you are supposed to meet or goals that are very important.
  • Start planning your day by taking the top two most important goals.
  • Focus on the two important goals by dividing them into smaller tasks.
  • Every day plan to accomplish the smaller tasks which will lead you into accomplishing your goal.

By following the above steps you life will be much easier and you will be able to accomplish your goals with ease.


Working smart also comes with taking enough breaks. For you to get an optimal performance from your brain you should work for an hour 40 minutes then take a break of at least 15 minutes. This will enable your brain to be able to focus for the next 1 hour 40 minutes.  This step is only effective if you are really focusing on what you are doing with no distractions.



Nature walks is a great way to help your brain relax and be ready for your tasks for the day. If you are going to take a walk do it in a park or a quiet environment, avoid busy city streets as you brain will need to be attentive to navigate. Here is the do and don’t when you are taking a walk.

  • Don’t listen to music when taking walks, you need your brain to enjoy nature and relax.
  • To help your brain avoid negative thoughts or thoughts that will discourage you count the number of steps to five or up to ten.

By taking walks your brain will be ready for your everyday activities and you will be able to accomplish them faster and with focus.


What is a nap? It is “a short sleep, especially during the day.”  Taking not more than a twenty minutes nap will improve your memory performance, creative thinking and cognitive performance. This will also enable you to retain information better.

If you have a burnout (burnout: “a signal that you can’t take in more information in your brain until you have had a chance to sleep.”) a nap is the best solution which will get your brain back on track.

This step is mostly effective on students. So if you are a student and you take naps your memory will be much better than those who did not sleep at all.


Working Smart Not Hard.


With the use of technology in our everyday activities, you need to check your e-mail, social media or anything that is related to what you want to accomplish. Before you begin your day, this will enable you to plan for your day.



Quitting does not mean that you have given up. This shows that you have learnt from your mistakes and you are venturing into something else. There are times that it is okay to quit when you realize that the result is not having an impact on what you had planned. Doing the same tasks everyday expecting a different result will only get you frustrated, let go of it because you will have gained knowledge and wisdom when doing something else.


  • You have a great work/life balance.
  • You have better health.
  • You have optimal productivity.
  • You are satisfied with your results.
  • You have better relationships.
  • You generate more money.


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