The value of life is not in its duration, but in its donation. You are not important because of how long you live, you are important because of how effective you live.
~ Myles Munroe
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself – Am I being effective, or just being efficient? The first thing to clarify is the difference between being efficient and being effective. Being efficient means processing things fast. You get through your to-do list quickly and, in any given task, you eliminate time-wasters. Being effective means choosing to do the right things. You eliminate time-wasting activities or “busy work” from your day. You need to keep asking the question am I doing something that truly matters to me, or am I just being busy for the sake of it? Another way to look at this is to think of effectiveness as the big picture. If you want to be truly effective, you need to think about what your values are and what you want to achieve in your life. This is hard work, thinking about accomplishing something meaningful. Your efficiency comes after this. Concentrate on being efficient at the tasks which really are significant. This might mean, for example, coming up with a system like Scrum (Agile way of working) that saves you time and wasted energy when you take on a new project. It’s also never easy to say “no” to people, or to quit an activity that you’re currently engaged in. Sometimes, though, you’ll realize that to become more effective, you can’t simply keep ramping up your efficiency – you have to let something go. Remember, consistency is the evidence of belief. Keep smiling at the person in the mirror.
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