5 Time Management Tips to Work Smarter, Not Harder

The Art of Improvement
7 min readOct 16, 2022

In the 1930’s, Allen Morgenstern coined the phrase, “Work smarter, not harder.” This was in response to the long and grueling jobs performed by workers at Industrial plants. By coming up with ways to make them more efficient with less effort, they found that productivity increased, and workers were happier.

But how did they do it?

How can one work “smart” rather than “hard”?

Most of us have heard this term, and wonder how that can apply to workers today. There are many ways to increase your productivity by using good time management practices and a few extra tools to batch your tasks, track your time and prioritize what’s most important to you.

Let’s look at 5 time management tips that can help you to work smart, not hard.

Tip Number 1: Planning

Developing a plan of action for your day, week or month helps to clarify what you need to do so you don’t have to keep going over your to-do lists over and over again. One useful tool is called S.M.A.R.T. This acronym was developed by George T. Doran, a consultant and Director of Corporate Planning, in 1981, in Spokane, Washington.

Although SMART does not have one definite meaning, and has been revised over time to meet individual situations and…