Effectiveness is key for true productivity

Last week, I mentioned that increasing efficiency is one of the main ways you can become more productive. The problem with efficiency is that many people focus too much on it and not nearly enough on effectiveness, the other critical piece of the puzzle. True productivity requires both, but effectiveness is much more important and valuable than efficiency. It's great to be efficient while you work and get a lot of stuff done, but in the end, it won't make any difference unless you choose … [Read more...]

These 2 Things Make You More Productive

To improve your productivity you need to increase your efficiency, increase your effectiveness or increase both at the same time. But to do that, you need to know the difference between the two, because it's pretty easy to get them mixed up. Efficiency represents the time and effort involved in doing something based on the approach that you decide to use. Increasing efficiency means finding a faster, easier or less wasteful way of accomplishing some result. For example, using a word … [Read more...]

Why It Pays To Be More Productive

Perhaps the TOP and most important productivity secret I've learned over the years is to value your time and make becoming more productive a priority. Why? Because it's the foundation for everything else. People that don’t value their time usually don’t care whether they are productive or not, and they typically don’t do anything about it. I’ve come to realize that many people don’t value their time very much, if at all. Perhaps they feel that no matter how much they waste their time … [Read more...]