“Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.” – Peter Drucker
Have you ever thought that you could squeeze more into your day by just being more focused and efficient? It is a nice thought, right?
Have you ever created a to do list system that is more complicated than the US tax code? I think this is what Mr. Drucker is talking about.
We all have 24 hours in a day. Some people use their time wisely, while others waste it. I think the real key to productivity is putting your efforts into tasks or projects that will maximize your return on investment (ROI). I can think of a few important things we could do each day that would provide maximal returns.
- Physical Exercise
- Writing and Learning
- Spending uninterrupted time with loved ones.
- Attending Church, Temple, Mosque, or some other religious pursuit.
Can you think of any more? All of these provide significant returns for any time you invest. Can you guess what items may not bring the best long-term results?
- Uncontrolled television viewing.
- Uncontrolled video game playing.
- Uncontrolled web surfing/social networking.
Notice I placed uncontrolled in front of each of these. Uncontrolled means that you will do these things in place of other more important tasks, simply because you have ZERO control over your schedule. Television, video games, and social networking rule you.
I hope everyone has a great Saturday!
Until next time…