Work Smart, Not Hard

Work Smart, Not Hard

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Sullivan, George Facts on File Publications, 1989
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There is no set formula for success, although some general characteristics can be discerned. Successful people are those who pursue success and make it happen, but other factors are enumerated and discussed. "Expert" opinions demonstrate the variety of opinions and paths to success, although having a clear sense of purpose and a plan to achieve goals appears to be a common thread. Most business activity is a means, not an end, it is important to control your workday, rather than have it control you. Sullivan takes the reader through time auditing and analysis, setting goals and priorities, and decision-making. The key is first to learn to be effective and then to worry about efficiency. Work tools, work environment, and strategies for meetings play a role in working smart. Sullivan comments on the importance of emotional and behavioral organization, while placing great emphasis on the fact that what works for one person can create chaos for another. Americans need to "lighten up" when they are not at work. Not knowing how to relax is a national. Leisure will not just happen, you have to plan for it. Suggestions on planning leisure are presented --- Sullivan rejects the alternatives of frantic activity or comatose lethargy --- including discussions on exercise programs, schooling, and vacationing.