Recently I’ve been running some workshops on planning, getting organised, being effective and actually produce your desired result. Success.
Efficiency versus Effectiveness?
Efficiency can be thought of as the ability to produce an intended result in the way that results in the least waste of time, effort, and resources.
Fair enough? (As we say in Australia!)
However, I believe that being efficient is not necessarily a recipe for success.
Effectiveness could be defined as the ability to produce a better result, one that delivers more value or achieves a better outcome.
So, there are lots of tools and tactical approaches to effectiveness.
One of them is the “To Do List.”
I love To Do Lists!
However, they can become somewhat overwhelming when they extend to pages long… and you realise You Never Get it All Done!
So, what do you do?
Here’s some ideas:
1. Have a “MUST DO” list
2. And have a “Someday Maybe” list for everything else.
3. Each day, start with ONE Thing that is most important for that day. Just One. Do it. (Then you can look at the rest of your list, post it notes, messages to self, whatever…)
4. Schedule one hour a week (or less as you become more efficient and effective) tend to your list. E.g., review the list/s and cross off what you decide not to complete, schedule things to be done that week, delegate stuff.
5. The Eisenhower Matrix is a task management tool that helps you organise and prioritise tasks by urgency and importance.
Let us know in the comments below if you have any other To Do list tips!