We all want to get what we want, achieve more, successfully self-realize and achieve our dreams. For this we work hard, have little rest and work hard. We effectively perform tasks, but what is the point if we have not achieved the desired or dream? What is the sense to spend all the time and effort if the final result is equal or close to zero? It is important not to work a lot, but to get what you want. The important thing is the final result, not only productive, laborious and effective work. Let’s look at the definitions. Efficiency is the ratio of results achieved to resources used. How productive, correct and diligent you have tried. Effectiveness is the ratio of actual results to planned or planned results. When the expected and desired result is obtained. When a goal or dreams have been achieved.
Examples of Differences between Effectiveness and Effectiveness We want to meet a good girl to create long term relationships and families. We have installed dating applications, went on a dozen dates, met a few girls for a while. But it did not make sense. I think we tried, we communicated a lot with different girls, but it ended as usual. We got to know each other effectively, often went on dates, and even girls liked us. But the sense of all this, if you have not found a good girl? The efficiency is high, there is no productivity. We go to programming courses, we learn English, and we seem to do everything right. But if we have finished the courses, if we have pulled up English and can’t change our work for the better, then the sense?
We have effectively received a crust on a new specialty in IT and have passed half of the book on English, but we continue to sit on the old low-paid job. We can’t get a job in IT. We have effectively completed all the tasks, but the result is a lot of fluff and disappointment. Efficiency is high, productivity is zero. In life we often work to the full extent, working on the wear and tear. We set goals, perform the required work, achieve the set goals and move forward little by little. We spend as much time and effort as possible. But if you look closely, why all this, if you have not come close to the desired goals and dreams? We are working on our efficiency in life and hope that everything will work out. But efficiency does not matter if the performance is low. We seem to be doing everything right, but it does not lead to the expected result. The problem is that we confuse efficiency and effectiveness.
How to improve performance? In life we are often busy and fussy. We try to be efficient and work a lot. But often this is what we avoid working on efficiency. Being effective and always busy is easier than being effective. Improving performance: Define precise goals and make a list. Focus not only on the effectiveness of actions, but also on the end result. Get rid of meaningless and empty cases. Plan daily, weekly, monthly and annually. Assess the closeness to the goal and the result achieved. Break down difficult tasks into smaller ones. Optimize your time and save it for important tasks. Work on one task in a single period of time. Use your internal reserves. Take advantage of expert advice and literature. Do not put off important and necessary things for later. Improve yourself regularly to achieve results. Split all cases into important, necessary and optional. Improving performance is about changing strategies. What to do in more detail?
Get rid of unnecessary actions You should work and spend less time than you do now. For example, instead of 8 hours, you should work only 4 hours. Think about what kind of work you have to do and what actions will you get rid of? What do you have that is superfluous, empty and useless? What takes a significant part of your time, but not critical and not really necessary?
2. Find the most important 80% of the result gives only 20% of actions, and the remaining 20% of the result gives 80% of actions. This situation is called the Pareto Law. Focus on what gives the maximum result. Work on what gives the maximum result, and not spray on ineffective cases.
3. Analyze the resources you spend What resources do you spend on your goals? How much time, effort and energy do you invest? And what do you get in return? Are the inputs worth the effort or are they too expensive? Can resources be spent on something more promising?
4. Check the relevance of the goals Often we go to a goal by habit or inertia. We have decided to move towards what we want and are making an effort. But you may find that the goal or dream is no longer so relevant. The situation has changed, or we ourselves. As a result, no one needs all the efforts and deeds. Neither do you. You’re not interested anymore. It is better to invest in something more interesting and desired at the moment.
5. Find new solutions and ways The goal is clear, but maybe there is some other way to achieve it? What other ways are there? What is there to try new, unusual and extraordinary? Find new solutions and ways. This will make the chance to achieve the desired one much higher, which means the effectiveness will increase. Always look for the most effective solutions. Then there will be not only endless work, but also the desired end result.
6. Setting clear goals Remember the fairy tale “Go there, I don’t know where, bring that, I don’t know what”. If you have such a goal, it will never be achieved. We do not live in a fairy tale to hope for a miracle. To achieve the desired, you need to clearly understand what you want to get. What you want to achieve in a week, month or year. Set a clear goal or a dream that must be achieved by the right time. Without a goal, you can not expect performance.
7. Planning in life Make a step-by-step scheme to achieve the desired goal. Make a detailed plan, breaking down complex goals into smaller ones. Draw up a sketch of your plans on paper or on the phone. A plan can be short, medium and long term, depending on the time scale. Follow the plan, using discipline and self-control.
8. Overcoming obstacles and risks Why do we try, but do not achieve what we want? Because of fear or laziness. We are afraid to make something important and necessary to go further and achieve the goal. We are afraid to grab a chance and take advantage of the opportunities, because we have to take some risks. Leave the comfort zone. The fear of change is common to many people, but it should not become a barrier. Overcome obstacles and take risks. Without it, there will be no victories and no result.
It is important not to work so much and try how to achieve and self-realize. Increasing your performance will lead you to achieve your goals and dreams.