• Being Effective vs. Being Efficient •
"Effectiveness is doing the things that get you closer to your goals. Efficiency is performing a given task in the most economical manner possible. Being efficient without regard to effectiveness is the default mode of the universe." — Tim Ferriss (@timferriss)
At the university, I used to complete as many tasks as efficient as possible. I used to develop an elaborate system of folder rules, browser bookmarks, note keeping and many other sophisticated techniques for ensuring that everything goes fast and smooth. It was efficient on some perverse level, but far from effective.
As you can see, I’m not the best example of an effective person, but I’m working on it and it’s evaluating. Currently, I'm in the process of eliminating all of the activities I used as crutches. I begin to focus on delivering results instead of showing dedication. Dedication is often just meaningless work in disguise. A question that helps me a lot is "Am I inventing things to do to avoid the important?" Just give it a shot and I bet the result will surprise you!
Tim gives us two truisms to keep in mind:
 Doing something unimportant well does not make it important
 Requiring a lot of time does not make a task important.
[✓] Therefore, what you do is infinitely more important than how you do it. ⠀