What is important is seldom urgent, and what is urgent is seldom important.
– Dwight Eisenhower
Christina Wodtke uses this Eisenhower quote in her book Radical Focus. This quote sums up my personal failure to work smart, and I tie it directly to my emotionalism.
Emotion is one of, if not the most powerful force at work in our daily lives. Whether we are giving our emotions free rein or suppressing them, they are a powerful force.
Something our emotions lead us to do is focus on the urgent at the expense of the important.
When we focus on the urgent instead of the important, we might be working hard, but this effort cannot compensate for our failure to work smart. We must all learn to maximize the impact of our hard work by working smart. If you are like me, one path toward an improved quality of life, and greater productivity without increasing stress is to work smarter.
Here are my top reading recommendations for developing a smart work ethic!