“Working smarter” is not a starting position. If we do something smarter than we used to do it, it’s because we’ve learned how to do what we did before better: more efficiently, more accurately, more beautifully.
The journey from simply “working” to “working smarter” may involve formal training or apprenticeship, but it certainly involves reflection on practice and experience. Trial and error. Perhaps we understand the work better after we’ve been at it for a while. We have learned some things that don’t work, or don’t work as well as other things. Or perhaps we know more about the context, or who we’re making it for.
The same principles that apply to “working smarter” apply to life beyond work. In time, with effort and practice, we can learn to play smarter, love smarter, live smarter …
Not because we’re looking for a hack or shortcut, but because beautiful technique is … beautiful.
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