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Finding Opportunities in the Mistakes We Make

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Finding Opportunities in the Mistakes We Make

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5 min read
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What's inside?

Failing to reflect on how you accomplish your work means “working harder, not smarter.”


Editorial Rating

8

Qualities

  • Innovative
  • Applicable

Recommendation

Is the way you work leaving you feeling burned out? Software developer Clarice Bouwer charts her journey away from “working harder, not smarter” and offers helpful tips for how you can do the same. In the course of analyzing her own experiences, Bouwer explains how setting goals, engaging in collaboration, prioritizing tasks and “retrospecting” on your work can help you identify and fix the “pain points” that keep you stuck in “survival mode.” getAbstract recommends this article to those looking to improve how they work and find a better work-life balance.

Summary

Working hard rather than working smart isn’t only exhausting; it can also inhibit your day-to-day performance on the job. Changing the ways you tackle tasks, by reflecting on how you do – or don’t – get things done can mitigate the “pain points” plaguing your work life.

To begin, recognize that pursuing work you’re passionate about doesn’t guarantee a manageable work experience. Rather than simply doing anything and everything that comes along within your field, set specific goals for yourself. By detailing exactly ...

About the Author

Clarice Bouwer works as a software developer at DStv Digital Media. She blogs at CorporateProgrammer.com


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