How to be more effective and efficient at work and school?
I see many people struggle with this.
As I talked earlier in my article ‘’5 Time Management Tips (Work Smarter, Not Harder)’’ we have to be effective and efficient to become more productive because being just busy is counterproductive.
In today’s topic, we’re gonna be going over 3 tips that will help you to become more effective at work and school.
Let’s dive in.
3 Tips to Be More Effective in 2018:
Steve Maraboli is a speaker, bestselling author, and behavioral scientist. He said, ‘’It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal.’’
People are lost nowadays.
Another day I saw a post on Facebook about an old and new generation. There was a teen wearing a hoodie that says ‘’I’m lost.’’
It’s funny how people admit that they are lost, they buy a hoodie to show off, and don’t do anything to fix their problems.
It’s like Tai Lopez said. There are 3 types of people in the world: People that make things happen; watch things happen; wonder what happened.
You have to be clear on your goals and outcome of everything you do.
And if you think about this, procrastination comes from a lack of clarity. So what you have to do is – focus more on reward (goal).
If you haven’t read ‘’Total Recall’’ by Arnold Schwarzenegger, then you have to, because it’s one of the best books you will ever read. It’s on my book list. I highly recommend it.
This is what he said in his book. ‘’My dad’s answer to life was discipline. We had a strict routine that nothing could change: sports, exercises were added to the chores, and we had to earn our breakfast by doing sit-ups. In the afternoon, we’d finish our homework and chores, and my father would make us practice soccer no matter how bad the weather was. If we messed up on a play, we knew we’d get yelled at.’’
The point is this – he focused on the reward. Even though he had to earn his breakfast by doing sit-ups, he focused on his goal.
First Things First
The first time I heard about this concept was from Stephen Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People).
If you think about this concept, you realize that we can do anything we want, but we just can’t do everything we want. And that’s why we have to prioritize.
You always have to keep in mind what Confucius said. “The man who chases two rabbits, catches neither.”
If you’re trying to do everything, you end up doing nothing. And this is why most people fail.
Remember what Charlie Munger said? Step by step you get ahead, but not necessarily in fast spurts. So you have to take one step of a time.
You should always keep in mind couple rules in order to become effective and productive.
The first is the 80/20 rule. Basically, 80 percent of your results will usually come from 20 percent of your efforts. Find out what that is and focus on that 20 percent.
The second is Covey’s quadrant. The greatest payoff comes from working on tasks that are in the second quadrant (important, but not urgent).
And always ask yourself – What’s the best use of my time right now?
Whether you agree or not, there are a lot of great things I like about ‘’The 4-Hour Workweek’’ by Tim Ferriss.
Tim is all about productivity and being effective. And there’s one thing that caught my attention – outsourcing. His idea is to automate and systematize as much as you can.
Even at large firms, 20%-50% of the workforce is typically outsourced.
So you can delegate daily tasks to others. Again, it’s the 80/20 rule. And you should always ask yourself this simple question – what else could I be doing at this time?
For outsourcing, you can use websites like Fiverr or Upwork.
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