“Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they use it up. The real hero is already home…because they figured out a faster way to get things done.”- Jason Friend & David Heinemeier Hansson
Working hard and working smart are two different things.
Working hard involves commitment, involvement and sincerity it also means working honestly. Working smart refers to being creative and looking for other ways to get the work done faster and easier.
Working hard = Doing the job
Working smart = Getting the job done
Working hard = Thinking/planning after doing the job
Working smart = Thinking/planning ahead of the job
Working hard = Dedication or doing work without intention about result
Working smart = Always having the end result in view
Smart work is not a substitute of hard work they go hand in hand. You have to work hard to achieve things but if you do the wrong things, you can put all that effort in the wrong direction and end up in the wrong place.
For example, studying for six hours over the weekend might help you prepare for your exam the following week however, you could chose to study for an hour everyday over six days. The length of time spent is the same just the former is hard work and the latter is smart work.
The latter option helps in better retention of what is studied.
Also reading everyday for an hour is an easier goal to achieve than six hours in one day. Hence you are more likely to accomplish your goals simply because the psychological barrier is smaller. Finally, achieving smaller goals has a compound effect. Your overall personality will improve with small and steady progress everyday.
So in other words it is about…
…working harder, smarter.