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Results matter the most.
You might work for 50 hours a week, but if you don’t experience any growth personally, emotionally, financially, you’re not effective.
Effectiveness refers to getting the right things done. It’s basically a polite word for “getting sh*t done.”
And if you want to do your job well, earn money, live a meaningful life, learn skills, you HAVE to get sh*t done.
One exercise that I use with companies and people who hire me to improve their effectiveness, is an exercise that I picked up from Peter Drucker’s The Effective Executive.
Much of the books, articles, productivity tools, and productivity apps you see these days are all in a way influenced by Drucker.
For instance, the term “deep work” (coined by Cal Newport) is currently very popular. But if you read The Effective Executive, which is written in 1967, Drucker talks about the same concept.
Cultivate a deep understanding of yourself - not only what your strengths and weaknesses are but also how you learn, how you work with others, what your values are, and where you can make the greatest contribution. Because only when you operate from strengths can you achieve true excellence.
“Do you know thy time?”
If you don’t measure your time, it’s tough to stop procrastination or improve your productivity. Because if you want to manage your time better, you have to know where it goes first.
How do you know your time? Keep an activity log - the specific method you use doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is that you want to keep a record for at least two weeks. Preferably, you want a whole month of recorded activities.
“Go through all the recurring activities in your log one by one. What would happen if you would stop doing them?”
If the answer is: “All hell breaks loose.” Don’t change anything.
But if your answer is: “Nothing would happen.” You’ve hit gold.
We all do activities that have ZERO return. I call those activities time-wasters.
Know where your time goes. Identify the critical tasks from the trivial tasks in your life. And cut the trivial, time-wasting, tasks.
If you want to be a super-effective person, you regularly keep a log. You don’t have to keep a log for 365 days a year. Instead, do two stretches of two-three weeks a year. That’s enough to keep track of your time and identify new time-wasterit forces you to think about your daily routine.
I am you, but me - them, and us - him, and her - loved, and hated lonely, but never alone - Introvert, and extrovert - introspective, yet in denial. Insane, amidst moments of brilliant sanity.
Peter Drucker’s Strategy to Become More Effective
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