Balancing Effectiveness and Efficiency

Balancing Effectiveness and Efficiency

It doesn’t matter how fast you’re going if you aren’t going in the right direction.

How often do you see this happening: a friend slaving away, night and day, to become skillful in a profession that he or she clearly has no passion for. You can see it in their eyes.

Maybe you can’t, because they never look you straight in the eye when you ask them if they are truly happy with what they’re doing. There’s no fire in the eyes or the voice. Resolve is absent.

It doesn’t matter how fast you’re climbing if your ladder is leaning against the wrong wall. We often spend hours, days, or years working towards some goal, but we never take even a few seconds to ask ourselves if what we’re working towards is truly what we want.

There’s a premium placed on doing and getting things done in today’s world. Thinking and reflecting is seldom encouraged or rewarded. No one makes the front page of the local papers for contemplating.

So before you continue sprinting on your way, ask yourself:

  • Is your ladder leaning against the right wall?
  • When was the last time you reevaluated your position and direction?
  • Are you investing in the right relationships?
  • Do the expectations you’re trying to meet even matter
  • Are you focused on being effective or efficient?

These make great journal entries too. Share your thoughts down below.

Evan Pham
2013-14 West Coast Governor

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