Saturday, March 6, 2010

Productive vs Efficient

I realized that when I make my goal each morning to be productive that day, what I really mean is to be efficient.

I think we use the idea of productivity to make ourselves feel better about doing nothing at all. For example, I feel better about sitting & watching a movie when I have my Inbox open. Why? Because I can feel like I'm multi-tasking, hence being productive. How satisfying.

Efficiency though, that's where the goods are. That's when we fulfill our tasks in the best way: top quality with the least waste of time and effort. My daily (and oh-so-satisfying) checklist helps me to be efficient! not productive.

My new goal? To live a meaningful, efficient, and satisfying life. Happy.

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