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Productive vs Efficient

Productive vs Efficient

  • Productivity measures how much you do or produce within a given timeframe.
  • Efficiency is about being productive with less effort.

To be more productive in a way that won't burn you out over time, you have to understand how to be more efficient. Productivity often leads to working harder, while efficiency focuses on working smarter.

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The Right Questions

When companies have more work than they can handle, they tend to ask, "Who will do this work?" But the betterΒ questions are:

  • How should this get done?
  • Is this the best way to do this?
  • Is there a more efficient way to do this?

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Becoming More Efficient

Set goals that go beyond simple quantity measures. Find other ways to work smarter that could lead to significant productivity increases.

It is better to do less and accomplish more than to do more and accomplish less. Consider how you do every task during the day, regardless of the size.

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Broad-Strokes Efficiency

Efficiency is not limited to how you perform specific tasks. Consider how the general way you work impacts your efficiency.

  • Work in a way that complements your internal clock.
  • Find out how to get yourself into a flow state when you need to do deep work.
  • Take more and be...

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It Is Best To Be Productive And Efficient, But If You Must Choose, Choose Productivity

In a perfect world, companies would try to be both efficient and productive. Companies should always be looking for ways to do more with what they have while doing the same amount of work with less waste.

That being said, mostΒ successful companies put their primary focus on productivity, no...

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Prioritize Your Time

We all have the same hours in the day, yet how we prioritize our time and energy will dictate our ability to execute tasks efficiently.

Working smarter is the ability to be productive and efficient when working toward your goals, rather than looking and feeling busy and o...

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