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A poet that has published 7 books that deal with societal issues that we face in today's world. My goal is to get people to critically think about life and to have more discussion on societal issues.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Work Smarter, Not Harder

A quote that was said to me by a former manager while working in retail. It didn't resonate with me right away until I fully thought of the meaning behind it. That's when the light bulb came on and it all made sense to me. Here's how I work smarter and not harder.

For starters, I'm never going to be the guy who works 18 hours a day, that's not reality for me (granted if anyone does it, more power to you). CEOs who run companies or business people who do it, if it makes you happy and you're good sleeping 6 hours a night, do it. That's just not my thing and it never will be.

As a writer, blogger, author, YouTuber, and every other thing you can think of, I spend time on things that are important to me. I stay ahead in my writing so there's always content to be shared. With this blog for an example, I'm always a good 5-6 blogs ahead and I write my content way ahead of time. I only post one blog a week to not overload people with content because eventually, you burn out and you run out of things to say.

While other people probably feel pressure to think of new things to say everyday, I really don't. I'd rather spread out my content over a long period of time than to overload people and then everyone gets tired of me. That's just my thoughts on that so just know that this blog was written weeks ago and you're just seeing it now.

Another example is my books. Most of my books are written months ahead of time and they're edited and proofread (they'll still have a few errors, I'm not perfect) at least 5 months before I publish them. I stay ahead of the curve so I can put my time into other projects (podcasts and recording my own audiobooks which are coming soon).

My blogs don't take long to write because I have a general idea of what I'm going to say and my thoughts just flow. This is how I work smarter and not harder to me. Everyone does things their own way and most people are willing to work 15-18 hours a day to accomplish their goals. I like sleep and resting my mind so I'm fresh and not flustered in what I'm doing.

For me, as a writer, I need sleep and plenty of it. Monday-Wednesday I sleep 6-7 hours on average. Wednesday-Sunday I can get 8-9 hours of sleep which is much needed because of my work schedule. So resting my body and my mind is crucial to my success in my writing journey.

The point is, do what work for you. Prioritize what's important, keep a notepad on your phone or a notebook with what you want to do, what needs to be done and the amount of time you're going to spend on it. That's how you knockout what needs to get done.

I write "to do" lists every week and that's how I'm able to get so much done in such a short amount of time. Believe it or not, I spend more time thinking and brainstorming what I'm going to do. Then I just write everything down and go from there. Monday-Thursday I spend about 2 hours a day doing something that's going to get me closer to where I want to be. Friday-Sunday I work a good 5-6 hours a day just doing things that are going to help me with accomplishing my goals. That's a good 8 hours a  week of quality work.

That consists of writing blogs, recording YouTube videos, engaging on social media, posting excerpts from my books, posting poetry on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, brainstorming and marketing, recording audio books, planning out content for my podcasts, developing my app (coming in the near future) and reading content on how to get better at my craft.

Please remember, do what works for you, not what others tell you. While some of the people I follow and listen to always say how many hours they work, it's something I will never feel comfortable doing and that's totally okay. Anytime spent working toward your goal, you're just one day closer.

My first podcast will be up and running on Friday on January 5th! Stay tuned! Don't forget to subscribe to my blog!

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers

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