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Personal effectiveness

  1. 1. Effectiven ess Efficiency
  2. 2. Being Effective V/s being Efficient • Effectiveness is doing the things that get you closer to your goals. • Efficiency is performing a given task (whether important or not ) in the most economical manner possible. Being efficient without regard to effectiveness is the default mode of the universe.
  3. 3. Being Effective V/s being Efficient • Doing something unimportant well does not make it important ! • Requiring a lot of time does not make a task important ! What you do is infinitely more important than how you do it !
  4. 4. Pareto 80/20 • Which 20% of sources are causing 80% of my problems and unhappiness? • Which 20% of sources are resulting in 80% of my desired outcomes and Being overwhelmed is often as excitement? unproductive as doing nothing ! Focus on the important few and ignore the rest.
  5. 5. Pareto 80/20 • If I had a heart attack and had to work only two hours per day, what would I do? • If I had a second heart attack and had to work only two hours per week, what would I do? • What are the top three activities that I use to fill my time with to feel as if I’ve been productive? • Who are the 20% of the people who produce 80% of my enjoyment and propel me forward, and which 20% cause 80% of my depression, anger and
  6. 6. We spend too much time with those who poison us with pessimism, sloth and low expectations of themselves and the world. It is often the case that you have to fire certain friends or retire from particular social circles to have the life you want. This is not being mean; it is being practical ! Poisonous people do not deserve your time.
  7. 7. Illusion of dedication & Parkinson’s Law • A task will swell in (perceived) importance & complexity in relation to the time allotted for its completion. • The end product of a shorter deadline is almost inevitable of equal or higher quality due to greater focus “Dedication” is often just meaningless work in disguise !
  8. 8. The Killer Combination Limit tasks to the important to shorten work time Shorten work time to limit tasks to the important
  9. 9. The Killer Combination Identify the few critical tasks that contribute most to goals achievement and schedule them with very short and clear deadlines If you don’t do this in Life, The unimportant becomes important