Work week

This week, for many, is still considered a work week. For some, it feels like work. For others, it’s something they would do even if they didn’t get paid to do it.

So what is work? And what does it mean to ‘put the work in?’

Do self-proclaimed workaholics really work harder? Or do they just work longer? Because the notion of hard work has changed. It’s no longer about being the first into the office and the last to leave. It’s about asking the questions you don’t want to hear the answers to. It’s making decision without all the data. It’s inventing a new system. It’s telling your boss they might be wrong. It’s accepting responsibility for when you make a mistake.

The successful workers this week won’t be the ones who work longer. They’ll be the ones who work harder.

Another thing, this isn’t about working hard v. working smart. Working hard IS working smart. For working smart will still require you to navigate that problem, jump through those hoops, overcome these objections—which is really, really hard. Sure, there will be many days where you will stay in the office past 6 PM, but just because you are, don’t think you are working hard. Measure your hard work by the number of breakthroughs, difficult conversations, and innovations you have. That way the time you put in will actually be worth the effort.