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Efficient vs. Effective

When I was younger, roughly a teenager if my memory is accurate, I distinctly remember doing something with my dad and thinking he was really slow. I don’t recall exactly what we were doing other than it was fixing something in his car. It was probably replacing the struts, which was one of the biggest jobs I remember doing with my dad on his Toyota Supra, but what saw as lackadaisical was just my dad being careful and methodical.

When I asked why he was moving so slowly, he said that he’d rather do it slowly once than mess it up quickly. Plus, what was the rush?

Like many childhood lessons, I learned nothing in the moment and everything years later. 🙂

Efficient vs. Effective [James Clear] – “You get one, precious life. How do you decide the best way to spend your time? Productivity gurus will often suggest that you focus on being effective rather than being efficient.

Efficiency is about getting more things done. Effectiveness is about getting the right things done. Peter Drucker, the well-known management consultant, once encapsulated the idea by writing, ‘There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.'”

Casualties of Perfection [Collaborative Fund] – “Psychologist Amos Tversky once said “the secret to doing good research is always to be a little underemployed. You waste years by not being able to waste hours.”

A successful person purposely leaving gaps of free time on their schedule to do nothing in particular can feel inefficient. And it is, so not many people do it.

But Tversky’s point is that if your job is to be creative and think through a tough problem, then time spent wandering around a park or aimlessly lounging on a couch might be your most valuable hours. A little inefficiency is wonderful.”

I’ve shared this post a bazillion times but it fits the theme for today 🙂

Relax For The Same Result [Derek Sivers] – “So apparently all of that exhausting, red-faced, full-on push-push-push I had been doing had given me only a 4 percent boost. I could just take it easy and get 96 percent of the results.”

Finally, one group that can move as quickly as they want and suffer no ill effects… robots:

How many robots does it take to run a grocery store?

Have a great weekend!