Ask Yourself This Question Today

Ask Yourself This Question Today

Do you ever stop and ask yourself why you’re doing the things you’re doing?

I have days where I get a ton of crap done. I mean I’m blazing trails, on the phone, knocking out emails like your favorite cricket or baseball batter. You should see me on these days. I’m efficient and I’m on top of life.

But sometimes something pretty unnerving happens.

As I approach the end of my day reflecting on all that I’ve done and start ordering my schedule for the next day…I think to myself, “Man, I had a great day. I got a lot done.”

Then this little voice in my head says, "But did I get the right things done?"

You can be the most efficient person on the planet, but if you’re not being effective with the right things, it doesn’t matter.

Peter Drucker, the famous management guru, said “Efficiency is doing things right, effectiveness is doing the right things."

  • Efficiency is doing things with excellence and doing them well.
  • Effectiveness is doing the right things and adding in efficiency over time.

It’s a mindset shift and I’m working on it. How about you?

Are you doing the right things?

(photo via drasticjo)