When designing sound for audio dramas (and this applies just as well to audio for video), there are a lot of repetitive tasks, especially if you are doing sound design for an ongoing series. For example, in me and my sister Natasha's audio comedy The Jimmy, Sam & Tommy Show, the three title characters often gather together in scenes which take place in their tree house. In the first two episodes I was redesigning the tree house space (it's specific EQ settings, reverb distances and sizes, background sound effects etc) every time they had a scene in that location. Along the lines of my Dad's expression, I decided to work smart and create a template project in Cubase (my Digital Audio Workstation of choice) that included the correct reverb, EQ, standard ambient sound effects and “hard” effects and Foley, and group tracks (AUXs) for the tree house. This way, in the future I can simply drop my edited dialogue into the tree house template, make a few minor adjustments for timing, add any sound effects or Foley that are uniquely specific to that episode, and viola, it's done!
This may sound like a lot of work, but it's only work at first. See at some point I would have to recreate these scenes anyway, why not do it now, and simply have to copy and paste dialogue later? And that's the key to my Dad's saying! Working hard would have been redundantly recreating the same environment every time I made a new episode with that location! But working smart, is streamlining any commonly repeated tasks.
This has really helped me in my audio dramas so far! God's been using it to help me have more time to work on these shows, and to do a better job on the more crucial areas to ultimately bring glory to Him :)
So I suggest working smart: and the smartest way to work smart is to ask God how you can work smart! Smart eh? So today, why not spend some time in prayer asking Him what areas you can work smarter in, and do a little extra work now in, to save yourself a lot of time later?