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How effective is your TPS Report?


I have spent so much time researching tools, processes, apps, etc. to make myself more “efficient”. Lately I have been asking myself if I spent all of this time trying out the next best tool or process because I am was looking for that silver bullet that will eliminate my daily waste? Or, was I trying out these tools because it is kind of fun to play with new technology. By this I mean that it is kind of easier to justify time spent screwing with a new tool or app because this app “may have the potential” to help work when in fact incessantly trying out tools is just another form of procrastination.

It is with this realization that I write this new post on effectiveness vs. efficiency. There are tons of  articles and posts on this topic on the internet; here and here for instance.

This topic has been running around my mind since  reading The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris. The majority of Tim’s book focuses creating businesses that are essentially on auto-pilot while you live your perfect life…whatever that may be. However, in Chapter 5 (The End of Time Management) Tim gives the reader some challenging thoughts on what truly is important. Take a look at this quote.

Effectiveness is doing the things that get you closer to your goals. Efficiency is performing a given task (whether important or not) in the most economical manner possible. Being efficient without regard to effectiveness is the default mode of the universe.

When was the last time you really took a look at the work that you do? When was the last time you considered whether the meeting you just attended truly helped you achieve your goals…the goals that your boss holds you accountable for? Obviously we can not all attain some (or any) of the goals Tim writes about in his book, but we can take a bit of his advice and spend some of our planning time considering our task list from the perspective of effectiveness rather than just efficiency. Pick that task that is going to take you a step closer to your goals (and your boss’s goal for you). And, if that task is a truly difficult one break it up into a manageable project…just as David says.

And, in case you have a problem taking advice from Tim, why not check out another gem from David at the Huffington Post.

Finally, keep the following clip in mind while you are considering your daily tasks!

Now, I just need to start following my own advice!

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