Become The Laziest Worker In the Room
Someone had done an impressive job for me and I decided to advertise his work online- using the tagline “He did it in 30 minutes” to showcase his productivity level- his ability to deliver a great job in the fastest time possible.
To my surprise, he called me and told me to take down the post, because many Nigerians won’t pay adequately for a job that’s done in 30minutes or less. This got me thinking; I was slightly disappointed but not surprised because we live in a society where people like to believe that one’s productivity level is directly proportional to how long they work.
The truth is that one can be effective but not efficient
A person can be able to produce the intended result but still, lack the ability to perform in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort.
People who value their time and resources will continue to strive to work with efficient and effective people who understand the need to maximize their capabilities whilst producing their best work.
Bill Gates once said that he would choose a lazy person to do a hard job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it! This seems like a funny statement but the catch is that the person is not lazy in the sense of the word but efficient! A good strategist needs to have a good knowledge of what he/she is doing to be able to “cut” corners.
But due to the fact that we have a warped perception of what productivity should look like, we end up working for long hours with little to no results.
You could ask yourself- why some people go to the gym for 2 hours and end up with little results, but some go for just 30 minutes a day and the results are remarkable or go to work from 8 am to 5 pm but still are unable to mention something tangible that was achieved on that day.
It is better to work for 4 hours and complete your tasks than 8 hours and have nothing to show for it! It is better to take just one task and FINISH it than multitask in order to “feel” busy and end up with incomplete activities.
People who diminish your work because it was done in a short period of time are people who do not value their own time or see the value in your work and you shouldn’t waste your time trying to prove them wrong! Keep putting your best foot forward and the right people will notice, so if that means sharing how you finished a task in 30 minute or 3 days- DO IT!
Productivity = Effectiveness + Efficiency
My friend who believed that people won’t pay for his services for 30 minutes forgets that there are people who are looking to be trained by him because his ability to complete that task in that period of time is a clear indication of his expertise.
So this week, I ask you – What are you going to do more efficiently? What are those activities that distract you from completing your task in the best time possible? Write them down and discipline yourself not to succumb to them!