Efficient Vs. Effective

I’m a member of a cult.  The cult of busy people.

It feels great to be a member of this group.  As I rush through the office or the grocery store I imagine people thinking, “someone THAT busy must be really important!”

Finishing twenty low priority tasks in a day feels good but that one really important one gets skipped.  I can’t figure out why I always get those quadrants mixed up, but it explains why my burn pile is looks great while my rear faucet has been leaking for two years.

Tim Ferriss likes to differentiate between efficient and effective.  Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.

In my experience, the “right things” are the things I’m putting off.

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