Efficiency VS Effectiveness : Doing the Right Things the Right Way and How it Pertains to You and Your Life

Efficiency VS Effectiveness : Doing the Right Things the Right Way and How it Pertains to You and Your Life

According to Merriam-Webster, efficiency is “the ability to do something or produce something without wasting materials, time, or energy: the quality or degree of being efficient”.   Effectiveness is “producing a result that is wanted: having an intended effect”. 

Together both efficiency and effectiveness harmoniously work together to assist you in completing your mission, goals, objectives, or tasks.  However, if not used in sync, you could be completely wasting your time!  For example your organization’s goal is to just produce 50,000 type B widgets.  Ok I apologize ahead of time for using lame widgets for this example, but sometimes you have to refer to widgets to convey a point and unfortunately I will be using it to compare efficiency vs effectiveness. 

As I was saying your organization’s goal is to produce 50,000 type B widgets. However instead of producing type B your organization starts producing type A widgets instead and does it surprisingly well.  In fact you were able to produce 50,000 widgets within a week, which is the fastest widget time ever!  The costs to produce those widgets were 50% lower per widget based on the average historical costs per widget at your production facility. 

There is still one problem.  You produced the wrong widget, which means you efficiently produced the wrong product.  Efficiency is great, however if you are focused on the wrong things you will never be effective and create your desired result.  To make the best use of time and profit off a harmonious bond between efficiency and effectiveness you must be focused.  In other words to be efficient you must do the right things and to be effective you must do the right things the right way. 

This also is true in your own life if your goal is to be happy and experience a greater well-being, why are you so efficient at making yourself miserable by focusing on people you dislike?  Focus on what you want.  


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