Top 3 Books for Inspiration on How To Work Smarter, Not Harder

I love working smarter. And I know this because I started my professional life working HARD. And yes, I got burned out. I “managed” to develop the chronic fatigue syndrome before turning 30. This is why I love working smarter, not harder. And by smarter, I also mean being honest, legal and with respect and dedication for what you do.

So how is that even possible? Where to start?

I was studying for my BA in business in economics, when I was thinking what to do with my life. Pursuing good grades, so I can keep my scholarship. I wanted to be a good student, so I can have good recommendations. Those would help me get a good job, and once I had my own income and not be supported by parents, my life could actually begin. Sounds familiar?

At age 19, I was searching for information on a project I had to finish in the university library. As I was wandering around the isles, I stumbled upon a title that sounded not at all academic. It said “Rich dad, poor dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. Hm! That made me curious. I picked it up and read the back cover. I took it with me and read it in the following days.

Wow! That was the turning point! I was so grateful to have found it so early in life! And a bit sad I hadn’t read it at about 12! I dare to say it was life changing! It showed me what else out there would be possible, how to do something else in life, to earn a good living, and not be an employee for the rest of my life! In an honest way, again! After that, I started looking for alternatives. Wondering what else is out there that I haven’t heard of. And now of course, simply reading that book didn’t mean I read it, snapped my fingers and turned into a millionaire. But I know I am making considerably better life decisions than not having those information.

I will put below a summary of the books that I found so far and have a tremendous effect on me. Specifically those books that teach and show something else than being a good employee.

1. Robert Kiyosaki: Rich Dad, Poor Dad: A book which is worth its weight in gold, for each copy that is being read by someone who has had no financial education. How can I summarize it so you can understand you need to read this word by word, by yourself? Let’s see if I can succeed.

Chances are, you were born in a family where one or both income providers (parents, grandparents, older brothers) were employees. We too, have learnt, by imitation, the same thinking habits: get a job, work for others, be there on time, leave on time, get a paycheck (and live paycheck to paycheck). Also think about how wonderful would be if you had another job, with a bigger salary and more perks. This is what the author calls the rat race. Robert Kiyosaki explains very well how people who become wealthy think differently. They educate themselves (financially), take educated, calculated risks, learn what is necessary, not mandatory. Also, they develop a habit of saving, then LEARN to invest. And LEARN how to make money work for them. And all those concepts are very well explained.

On the other side, if I am to notice something that I dislike about this resource, is the fact that it tends to be a bit outdated in offering real-life examples; the business world and entrepreneurial opportunities have multiplied massively with the Internet and his work doesn’t cover that area. Of course, the mindset and principles are still applicable, but the examples are of the old economy, primarily regarding physical products and real estate.

2. Choose Yourself by James Altucher. James Altucher is the kind of author that writes a lot about his personal experiences, very bluntly. And very openly, especially about his failures. He writes in blog style; unusual for a book but you’ll appreciate his openness. Also, his personal blog is the main source of information and inspiration, because it’s always keeping up with developments in the real business world (which is online-integrated).

Specifically in the mentioned book, James Altucher explains that the economy (and society) have already changed. We are now in an idea economy.That is, what is most valuable, unable to copy, unable to outsource to China and always in demand is your own creativity. Working smarter is necessary, working harder is no longer a winning formula. And the ability to reinvent what you do, what you have to offer to the world and the skills you mostly use in your daily life. James Altucher has a radical approach in his views. But we need to hear this, rather sooner than later.

At the time I’m writing this, I just came back with my feet on Earth after being in the cloud listening to an amazing audiobook that made me every 9 to 10 minutes or so ask myself: “Why didn’t I think about this earlier?” or “Wow! I believed common folks didn’t have access to such things” or “Why didn’t I try this earlier?” and especially “I HAVE HAD THIS EBOOK ON MY COMPUTER FOR MORE THAN 3 YEARS! Why didn’t I read it by now?”. I believe this is the best resource I’ve found so far on the topic of working smarter. So here it is:

3. The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. This is full of incredible tools for a freedom-loving lifestyle. This is full of exact, step by step indications on how to use some tools that you believed are reserved only to the lucky few, born rich. Tim Ferriss is talking about: personal assistants and how to find incredibly educated, dedicated and effective people for a very affordable price (yes, such things do exist!). Also, he is talking about how to make money with you business in the developed markets (like the US) and spend it where they have much more value – like in Thailand, while living on a beach.

Impact Of Too Much Work Involvement

Employees with long hours spent on working don’t necessarily mean workaholics. They solely have a very high work ethic. A compulsive is solely someone who resolves their entire life around work even if don’t seem to be operating. They usually don’t relish activities outside work. They just work and work and work!

Being a compulsive worker is associated with addiction, such as all alternative varieties of addictions. Workaholism has a psychological impact to those who compelled to work that’s damaging to themselves.

Workaholism and job involvement, at times, seem to own overlapping characteristics, like controlled by personal characteristics, absorption of labor, and square measure outlined by personal desires.

Work engagement mediates the relationships between perceived structure support and job satisfaction and perceived stress. Perceived structure support has a conjointly immediate positive impact on job satisfaction and a negative impact on perceived stress and sleep issues. What is more, work engagement mediates the influence of perceived supervisor support on job satisfaction and perceived stress. Finally, compulsiveness was found to mediate the relationships between perceived coworker support, and job satisfaction, perceived stress, and sleep issues.

Managers ought to promote practices so as to foster work engagement and stop compulsiveness.Organizations ought to train their supervisors to be verificatory in their role of guiding, evaluating and training subordinates or encourage supervisors to own regular conferences with their subordinates.

Consecutive periods of operating straight, lack of breaks throughout the day, and consecutive days of operating result in remittent potency and productivity in employees. The abnormal work and sleep schedules affects the employees’ effectiveness and efficiency.

Some people get excited regarding operating overtime, seeing nothing however greenback signs. Whereas occasional overtime is a blessing if it equates to some surprising money, within the long-term there are major disadvantages which will have you ever thinking doubly regarding over-extending yourself.

Overtime will take a toll on your health and quality of life, whereas inflicting stress on your relationships can ultimately feat you burned out. It is a condition wherever you are feeling utterly exhausted and swamped. it’s typically caused by nerve-wracking work or being overworked, and leaves you feeling drained and sick and might cause sleep issues.

People will solely be in one place at a time, and if you’re working late, you’re missing one thing else — hopefully not your child’s birthday celebration or another equally necessary event. Whereas creating extra money might profit your family financially, your family is probably going to suffer in alternative ways. Aside from losing time with family and friends, you’ll be irritable toward them once you do have a break day.

Although, we are forced to work longer hours if we need to meet deadlines, we need to bear in mind that our efficiency and productivity are affected. So, to address this problem, we need manage our time wisely.