We live in a world where we obsess over doing things faster or producing more while using the least amount of resources. We fool ourselves in thinking that “fast” or “more” is better. We behave as though efficiency is most valuable.
Consider all the things you do in a day from morning routines with kids, demands at work, and after work musings. Do you find yourself with stressing over how quickly things need to get done?
There is another way. There is order to your madness. Rather than defaulting to efficiency, try defaulting to effectiveness.
This isn’t about slowing down, but rather focusing on the right things. Focusing on the right things is what will produce the outcomes that you actually want. Efficiency is most concerned about output but without effectiveness, you’ll end up spending more time running rather than actually getting somewhere. Effectiveness will always start off slow, but it still must come first.
Anyone who is focused on creating something valuable in the world will always be more concerned about being effective.
Effectiveness is what delivers values in your life and others.