Everybody wants to do more; become more efficient and achieve more.
But only a few can boast about how productive and efficient their daily life processes are.
Why is this so?
What’s blocking the craving for improved productivity?
And how can you change this for the better?
The concept of Efficiency
It is commonplace to think of efficiency as simply getting things done. But in actual terms, it goes beyond that. It entails getting things done rightly with the most minimal waste possible.
Getting things done not minding the amount of resources it takes is simply effectiveness.
On the other hand, most times, being efficient has to do with knowing what method of resource usage would birth your optimal product. It all boils down to your choice of actions and reactions.
The major difference between efficiency and effectiveness can be explained by what I call – the Activity – Productivity debacle.
Activity – Productivity debacle
Many people believe that activity and Productivity are the same thing. That once you are doing something, you are achieving something. But this is not quite true.
Yes, you can be busy but not productive. This underlying truth lies in the fact that what you are engaged in doing doesn’t bring you closer to your main goals. Here’s how –
Imagine for a minute that you are a student with a crunching deadline to submit your assignment and waking up, you hit the gym to exercise.
Yes, you’re busy (exercising is a real deal) but you’re certainly not productive as far as your assignment’s deadline is concerned. Thus, you could miss out on the deadline.
One important key to getting more efficient is knowing what you really want and pursuing it with concerted effort. Indeed, being focused can boost your effectiveness, productivity and hence lead to more efficient actions.
Additionally, efficient processes can be developed by:
1. Taming your environment:where you live impacts your life just as much as how you live. A disorganised, cluttered environment would certainly dampen your creative muscles. Thus, anticipate things you’d need and get them in a well organised workspace. Simply put, declutter your environment as clutter literally creates an unfocused and disorganised feeling in our lives. Taming your environment entails being in control of what you do in your daily life – what routines you observe; what goals you pursue and even what methods you use.
2. Prioritising your tasks: corollary to taming your environment is the habit of prioritisation. Essentially, prioritisation involves deciding what to do and in what order. While task lists are usually endless, prioritisation helps you decide what you really need to do. If you have your priorities right, your Productivity will surely improve thereby advocating for more efficiency. Want to do more and get more? Prioritise your life!
3. Embracing the power of small actions: I’ve already told you that to develop efficiency and improve productivity, you must imbibe the discipline of streamlined living – you must be focused. To help you develop this discipline is the principle of small actions. Small actions are powerful and easily addictive. As more and more of important actions (no matter how small) you take, you do more and thus get more. Less is actually more!
Doing more and being more – improving productivity and efficiency can be effectively integrated into your daily life.
Developing focus, taming your environment, prioritising your deeds and embracing the discipline of streamlined activities via small actions is your way forward. Take it.
Now go and get better!