Difference between efficiency and effectiveness - and what are you?
Efficiency is the foundation for survival;
Effectiveness is the foundation for success.
John C. Maxwell
Less than a week until we move into the second half of the 2017! That's right folks, we are DAYS away from bidding the first half of 2017 goodbye.
Time flies... where did the time goes.... it felt like I have just woke up from a New Year Day countdown hangover! Yeap - those were the thoughts in my mind when the first quarter went by!
I decided to make a change at the end of March and decided that if I want to be successful and build the lifestyle I want, I have to be the CEO of my own life and really take control of my life. This is one of the main discoveries I have come to in the past 6 weeks - efficiency v effectiveness, the difference and how it affects my life and business.
Let me ask you - which of the following scenarios will provide a better outcome?
Someone who is very efficient but not effective.
OR, someone who is inefficient but very effective.
The key thing to point out here is that saving time (efficient) is great but it's almost irrelevant if you are unclear on what you want to achieve and what is important to you (effectiveness)!
So, let's dive into the difference between efficiency and effectiveness, shall we?
What is the difference between efficiency and effectiveness
Efficiency - doing things right, the HOW
Efficiency is about the execution and doing things right. It starts with formulating a process and system that works FOR YOU. The ultimate objective here is to reduce wasted time, energy, and money.
Effectiveness - doing the right things, the WHAT
Effectiveness is all about doing the right things at the right time. Goal setting, planning and looking at the bigger picture all falls within effectiveness. To be effective, you need to think “outside the box”.
Being clear on your goals will give you the drive and energy to execute.
One of the key lessons I have learnt from my corporate career is - most companies place a strong focus on efficiency, not so much on effectiveness. Cost cutting and increase short term revenue is always a priority without placing serious consideration on the longer term effect (and high impact) such as customers churn rate and the need to rehire and retrain employees.
On a more personal level, you can be extremely efficient and getting shit done everyday. but the actions or tasks completed are not in line with your goals and objectives. Even though you are "efficient", you are essentially "wasting" energy and resources as it does not get you closer to your goals.
Mindset, systems and productivity is something that I have been deeply interested in the past 6 months. I have tried a whole range of different systems, methods and ways to reach the sweet spot - which has resulted in greater impact on my personal life and business!
This is why I have decided to create this informative FREE 7 day email course along with actionable and practical ways to help transform your life and accelerate the growth in your personal life and business. If you do the work and put them into practice, you will feel more in control of your life after the course!
Remember - reading this post or the course alone will not transform your life. Practice and persistence are the 2 ingredients to make this work!
Before I sign off, here are a few questions for you to ponder upon:
- Why are you reading this blog post?
- What are the challenges that you are currently facing when it comes to productivity and living the life you love?
- Do you have a own personal system at the moment?
- Do you spend a good hour daily wondering what should you focus on for the day?
- Do you struggle to manage your time effectively?
- Do you wonder where did all the time go when you barely did anything at the end of each day?
- What will it cost you if you do not make the change?
Reflect on the questions above - write your answers down on a paper, in the comments section below or feel free to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org !
Then, ask yourself if you are ready to change the outcome and hop on the journey to transform your life?
If you are ready to get your hands dirty - jump on our 7 day Become The CEO Of Your Life email course now!