Working smarter instead of harder tends to be, in practicality, something that is difficult to achieve, since in the office it is likely that one will end up doing both. However, working nonstop within long blocks of time tends to backfire for craftspeople for three main reasons. First, making mistakes tends to be costly, in terms of literal dollars as well as hours of time wasted. Second, becoming too fatigued or tired can lead someone to take shortcuts, and such seemingly tiny mistakes can add up tremendously. Third, sleeping too little can increase the odds for workshop accidents and injuries.
- “Work smarter,not harder” seems to be an overused and meaningless phrase.
- People feel driven to smart and yet also work hard, putting in the overtime and weekends.
- The phrase does still hold up as exhaustion produces costly mistakes.
“Ask most people who work in an office if they have the choice between working smart or hard and they’ll laugh a clenched, bitter laugh.”