Sticky Notes: Professionalize to Work Smart

Bank and reuse repeatable solutions, rather than reinventing the wheel.

What’s the #1 thing you can do to work smart? Professionalize whatever you do. Here are three tips to do that:

  1. Identify, study, and follow the proven best practices in your field and your organization. Turn them into standard operating procedures.
  2. Bank and reuse repeatable solutions, rather than reinventing the wheel. These are the solutions to recurring problems that naturally emerge when you regularly use your standard operating procedures.
  3. Use whatever job aids you can find—such as work instructions, checklists, templates, and prior work products. They will help you systematically follow those best practices and use those repeatable solutions. Once you get comfortable with the basics, build some job aids of your own.
Bruce Tulgan is a best-selling author and CEO of RainmakerThinking, the management research, consulting, and training firm he founded in 1993. All of his work is based on 27 years of intensive workplace interviews and has been featured in thousands of news stories around the world. His newest book, “The Art of Being Indispensable at Work: Win Influence, Beat Overcommitment, and Get the Right Things Done”( Harvard Business Review Press) is available for purchase from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all major booksellers. Follow Tulgan on Twitter @BruceTulgan or visit his Website at: rainmakerthinking.com.