Efficiency - How To Get The Most Out Of Your Time

After deciding on your goals, the next step is to ensure that you are working toward them efficiently. All effort is not equal. There are infinite ways you could approach a goal. Your job is to find the strategies which accomplish it with the least amount of effort. 

How do you find the most potent strategy? Read books, take a course, or get a personal instructor. There is a high chance someone has achieved your goal before. Some even dedicate their whole lives to researching a particular topic. Utilize that information. Learn from their mistakes. They have laid out the blueprint, all you have to do is follow it.

The key point is to be resourceful about how you approach a goal. Research and have a game plan. Prioritize the critical tasks, and eliminate the inessential ones. Productivity is about getting the most out of your time, and ineffective strategies waste time. 

To illustrate the difference between “just figuring out” and having someone guide you in an educated manner: imagine that you want to become a professional chess player. You get offered two coaching options: a random person on the street or a certified chess teacher. Which one will get you from point A to point B quicker? The certified chess teacher. They already know the most effective teaching strategies. So don’t be the random person from the street. Become a certified chess teacher.

Remember, the most efficient task is no task at all. Should you even be doing the work? Does it align with your life purpose? Abandon it otherwise.

Action Steps

  • Before tackling a big goal, do research. From a simple Google search to hiring an instructor, any information can help you.
  • For each task, ask: is this the most important thing that I should be doing, and will it yield the greatest results toward my goal?
    • Omitting tasks is as important as picking them. Be ruthless about focusing only on the essential.

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