I’ve always tended to focus on being efficient – performing a task with maximum productivity and minimum wasted effort or expense.
I expect to succeed with my goals when I’ve been efficient.
But sometimes I don’t, and I wonder why.
The reason why is simple – a lack of effectiveness.
He observes that our default is to be efficient without considering whether we’re being effective. You can spend a day efficiently completing a complex task but if the task wasn’t worth doing, you weren’t being effective.
Making a change
The change from just being efficient to being both efficient and effective seems to come down to just one thing – asking yourself this simple question:
Does this task get me closer to achieving my goals?
I’ve started asking myself this question throughout my work day and have seen immediate benefits. I feel like I have more time (because I’ve cut out tasks that weren’t effective) and I feel like I make better use of the time that I do have.
It doesn’t guarantee success, but it’s a start.
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