Is FILO the best way to go about reaching your goals though?
A friend of mine recently brought up an interesting point. He said, "in order to be successful, rather than working harder, you need to work smarter."
Makes sense. Efficiency. Becoming excellent at time management. Rather than putting in an insane amount of hours, why not just work smarter about it to reach your goals? I totally agree. I wish I would have thought of that.
But hold on a second...
How can we be efficient in reaching our goals (becoming successful) if we don't know exactly how to do be efficient? Is it possible to "work smarter, not harder" right away? Essentially skipping putting in the hard work and being the FILO? Does success ever precede hard work?
I say NO.
Putting in your time being the first one in the office building and the last one to leave is necessary before you can operate on cruise control (working smarter). This isn't to say we can't be good at time management. That will always be important. What we can say though, is that by working harder than everyone else, you will learn and understand things that others may not. Therefore, when it comes time (only you will know when), you can begin to work smarter and reap the benefits of the extra time you gain.
In other words...
If you put in the extra time now towards a goal, eventually you will understand how to work smarter and be more efficient at achieving this goal. Success rarely precedes hard work.
A lot of work (some efficieny) --> some work (a lot of efficiency)
Make it happen.