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30 Tips from our Community on Working Smarter, Not Harder

Jun 5, 2015 3 min readOpen
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Nicole Miller

Director of People @ Buffer

One of Buffer’s values is working smarter, not harder, and the #bufferchat community gathered to offer tips and ideas on living smarter.

How do you manage your energy throughout the day? What are your go-to productivity tips? Are there certain times of the day you produce your best work? Our community shared their thoughts with us! Catch the full recap here.

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What does “working smarter, not harder” mean to you?

  • “”Work smarter, not harder” for me means maximizing efficiency. W/ high levels of productivity and time management.” @St_Elgin
  • “Working smarter means cutting out the unnecessary steps that we take simply because “that’s the way we’ve always done it.”” @jacksondame
  • “Focus on what you know and outsource activities that don’t play to your strengths.” @SmartSuiteBree
  • “To me, it means and not – having a plan allows you to be flexible.” @CShirkeyCollins
  • “For me it means using the resources & support systems available! Don’t reinvent the wheel!” @AA_Schmidt

How do you manage social media during your time off?

  • “Open up access to your social media to colleagues, put together content style guides and trust your team to cover it” @WhiteOctober
  • @buffer and @hootsuite are obvious choices that I regularly use to manage my social engagements even when taking a break” @Marcus_Boswell
  • “Schedule everything I can, then enlist a rockstar co-worker to help manage live engagement!” @CarolinaOusley
  • “Also summer vacations offer an opportunity for great content, sometimes being spontaneous converts better” @iangelidaki
  • “The work will still be there when you get back. EVERYONE needs to take a break. Dial it down and deal when you get back ” @Ursula_Ringham

How do you manage your energy throughout the day?

  • “Healthy snacks and time up from my desk” @Mz_EvanTaylor
  • “Doing yoga and playing a few rounds of pool in the afternoons. Also brainstorm [sessions] help me focus.” @jayleehb
  • “Bringing my pup into work w/me, she forces me to take at least a couple walks throughout the day.+2pm handstands and snacks!” @caitlin_pdx
  • “Twitter chats and talking with other like-minded people gives me energy and motivation to get more done. Accountability too.” @jacksondame
  • “Setting small manageable goals keeps my mind focused! Like a mental checklist” @thelifeofaworkgirl

What time of day do you feel like you can create your best work?

  • “Early in the morning, usually before heading to the office. Those wee morning hours are so peaceful!” @unbounce
  • “Don’t try and create a schedule based on what’s “normal” – find what energizes you and embrace it!” @joellecharming
  • “Early in the morning when everybody is sleeping and my mind is clear and empty! With a good cup of coffee”@katairobi
  • “I am most productive later in the day and into the night. I can do mornings but I’m best later.” @London_Lady
  • “I also listen to my body/mind to see what’s in the mood for and will shuffle my tasks accordingly”@CarolinaOusley

What are some of your favorite mid-day breaks and activities?

  • “I like to walk around outside if the weather is nice, read a bit of a book I started, or scroll through Tumblr.” @SamPereira91
  • “Just like Edison, you need to alternate your current by moments of intense work followed by a break.” @Ross_Quintana
  • “Realizing as I type this: coffee’s my answer to every question so far :/ but I spend my time at coffee shops for my break =]” @riabcruz
  • “Subtle, Ambient music for the win! I can say that my career is powered by coffee & ambient music.” @thesociabelle

What’s your super secret tip for saving time?

Thank you so much for everyone who joined in on this great chat!

Catch #bufferchat each Wednesday at 9 am Pacific/noon Eastern and join our Google+ community for the latest news.

Do you have any comments or answers to these questions? Leave your thoughts in the comments! We’d love to hear from you!

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