Efficient vs Effective

This blog post is taken from my book Golden Nuggets, and it’s a good reminder that activity is not necessarily accomplishment.

It’s very easy for people to work hard all day and never actually do the things that are important.

Doing things right leads to “efficiency,” while doing the right things leads to “effectiveness.”

However, it’s not just a matter of choosing efficiency or effectiveness.

We need both, because we’ve got to do the Right Things and we’ve got to do them in the Right Way, at the Right Time, and for the Right Reasons.

Striving to improve efficiency is useless until we know what really needs to be done.

This requires setting goals, and developing plans to achieve these goals.

There’s no point in doing “well,” that which doesn’t need to be done at all.