The problem with working hard

It’s not the amount of time you spend that matters. It’s how you use it. The best chess players don’t necessarily spend the most hours practicing. According to a 2005 study, the best of the best spend the most amount of time engaged in serious study, writes The New York Times’s Tim Herrera. The same applies to the non-chess players among us. A 2012 study demonstrated the importance of “structured reflection” in leadership development. “Meaning: Spend more conscious hours and effort in genuine introspection and self-examination, and fewer hours … ahem, goofing around on Twitter,” Herrera wrote. • Do you think you ‘work smart’?

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