How to Be Effective In Your Work

To be effective in your work, the first thing you have to do is make sure that you’re doing the right activities. Putting your efforts on the wrong “work” is the ultimate waste. Engaging in meaningless activities leads to complete ineffectiveness.

Therefore, if you want to become effective in your work, you must ask yourself the question, “Am I doing the right activities?” If not, forget about working effectively. However, you don’t have to remain stuck in a rut; you can find out what activities you should be engaged in.

As a general rule, you should aim to put most of your efforts on activities that leverage your strengths and move you forward in the direction of your most important goals. Those activities, by definition, will be high-value activities because they yield a high return on your efforts.

Look at your current activities, and can you say that these are the right activities (high-value activities)? If not, you must change them.

Now, assuming that your day is filled with high-value activities, the second thing you must do to be effective in your work is to get things done—fast. It’s a tragedy to take one week to reach a goal that should have taken you one day to achieve.

As you can imagine, to be effective in your work, you can afford to indulge in procrastination. You must take immediate and consistent action. When you do, you build momentum, which is essential to your effectiveness.

Also, to be effective in your work, you can’t let yourself constantly seduced by distractions. You must focus on the task at hand. And when you’re done a task, you jump to the next and give that one your full attention. And so forth.

Your work methods inevitably affect your effectiveness. Poor methods lead to losses in productivity. Being messy, sloppy, or disorganized diminish your effectiveness.

Your effectiveness in your work is directly related to your ability to focus your efforts on the right activities and to perform these activities without wasting resources (e.g., time, energy, and money). Always seek to get the right things done right.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.