June 15 – Confusing convenience with efficiency? How do you view efficiency and effectiveness in your everyday actions? Does your focus on efficiency support your effectiveness or could it be sabotaging it? While the old adage of working smarter, not harder, may have you focused on how you can be more efficient, when it actually impedes your effectiveness, it is time to reassess the actions you are taking and perhaps even your priorities.
Efficiency means being capable of producing a desired result without wasting materials, time, or energy. Effectiveness is about producing a result that is wanted or desired. Convenience is defined as a quality or situation that makes something easy or useful for someone by reducing the amount of work or time required to do something.
Take an MM&I Moment to awaken to the potential that your emphasis on convenience, efficiency, and effectiveness may be out of alignment. Has the convenience of email or Zoom caused you to believe that the time savings warrants foregoing reinforcing your communication with other forms of communication or reinforcing your relationship-building with face-to-face interaction? Are you taking the easy way out believing it is more convenient, even though it may not be garnering the desired end result as efficiently or effectively? Is what is more convenient for you not considering what may be more efficient and effective for whomever you are interacting with or communicating with? Do you find yourself frustrated by others’ focus on their ease in doing being more appealing than the potential additional effort necessary to realize your mutual desired outcome? Convenience should be a two-way street. And efficiency should be supporting everyone’s effectiveness, not just yours. When efficiency, convenience, and effectiveness are in sync, your ability to excel is ignited.
Wide Awake Quote of the Week
“In our to-do list culture, an emphasis on efficiency is often at the expense of our effectiveness.” – Jay Shetty
Yours in dreaming WIDE awake,
P.S. Could how you are spending your time costing you more than you think? The key to effective delegating is also knowing where your time is most valuable to be spent, as well as valuing others’ time in how they support you. CLICK HERE to read Sherre’s BizGrowth 5.0 blog, “Is Time Costing You Profitability?”