It’s time to tell you about a book I read:
The Book: The Joy of Missing Out: Live More by Doing Less by Tanya Dalton
The quote I found interesting: Unfortunetly, when people focus on being efficient, the resource they target is time. We fail to recognize that being efficient is about getting things done; being effective is getting what’s important done. There’s a big difference
Further clarified in book as follows:
|Deadline focused||goal focused|
|thinking of the present||thinking of the future|
|doing more in less time||doing more quality work|
Do you do things effectively or efficiently?
I was recently talking to a friend and I stated that I am very organized but not really clean. As the two are synonomous to him, he asked me to clarify. I explained that everything in my bathroom that I own or use is very organized. I further stated that I sort of phone it in when it comes to scrubbing the tub.
I am effective at organizing the bathroom because I know where everything is, I know when I’m running out of something, and things are in the manner I prefer. It works seemlesly. It did take more time than haphazardly tossing my things around.
I clean the tub efficiently- I set a timer and do as much as I can in that framework. I don’t really care if you can eat off the tub- but that it’s just clean enough.
Is there a problem with how I do these things? Everyone except my Mother in Law is allowed to answer…
Are there areas of your life that it’s better to be efficient? How about effective?
I admit that I have probably leaned more towards efficient than effective- working hard vs. working smart is how I refer to it. I’d never really thought about the downsides of being efficient until I read this book, and I’m still not 100% sure that efficient isn’t the way to go. Most of the time.
There are clearly areas that I want to pay more attention to- areas where quality is tantamount. But I don’t seek perfection on the day to day. I would never blog if I was trying to be perfect.
So my blogging habit is one of quiet efficiency. I schedule a time to write, and I write. By no means is this the best work I could do. After I’ve published a post I think of a thousand other ways I could have written the post.
However, this efficient behavior works for me in regards to blogging.
Cooking meals every day? Efficient.
Making sure I do the things I love? Effective.
I take the time with people I love and with things I love- I prefer being effective in my personal life because after all, isn’t that what makes life worth living?
Where do you fall on the effective/efficient scale? Do you tip in one direction over the other? Or are you balanced in the middle?
Going by the definitions that Dalton laid out, which things do you think benefit from efficeincy and which ones from effectiveness?
You may begin: