Experts have coined a new word called efficiency, doing the right things faster, easier and with less effort. If effectiveness and efficiency are two points that connect a line, then efficiency is the midpoint of this line. So how can we achieve efficiency in our life so that we can strive to make more useful decisions to achieve better experiences in life? We hereby present four key factors that can help us achieve efficiency.
1. Create clear objectives:
A lot of people know what they want from life: better relationships, more money, more successful, etc. But almost 99.99% of those people do not know how to get there. The reason behind that is because they do not state what they want in clear terms. By that I mean, people do not sit and write constructively what they aim to achieve. By constructive writing, you have to set your objectives in positive and specific terms. Avoid having your objectives in vague format (more money, more love, etc). Always be specific and map out a clear and achievable strategy. You have to understand that there are no limits to what we can do. If you do not know how to get to your outlet and know that other people have reached what you are chasing for, then you have to model what those people have done. Go out and ask them good questions that will help you reach what you want. If you ask good questions, you will get good answers that will enhance the quality of your life.
With the growth of the online community, we seem to have access to unlimited information that breeds unlimited choices of things we want to do. With that, we tend to get lost with what to do, when to do it, and at what time. In order to avoid that, we have to create a list of priorities, rank them in order of importance and assess their potential payoffs in terms of how they affect the quality of our life. Always compare the list you have to what is more important to you at the current stage and focus your effort there. It is important to understand that 20% of focused effort breeds 80% of effective results.
With the advent of technology, we have access to resources that have helped us cut down costs while increasing productivity. It is essential that you have access to these technological tools: Computers, PDAs, Smart-phones, etc. These will help you have access to information wherever, anytime and wherever you are. I can give you a personal example. When using public transportation, I always have my smart-phone and MP3 player with me. On one hand, the smart-phone helps me access new information that will assist me in my daily planning, and on the other hand, my MP3 has self-improvement audio seminars that help me improve my people and communication skills. What I am trying to say is that with the available technology, you can be efficient wherever you are. Do not waste idle time.
4. Change your physiology:
The fact that our mind and body are interlinked makes us unique creatures. How you use your physiology (breathing, posture, facial expressions, movements, etc) determine the state you are in. More importantly, the state you are in, determines the results you produce. So if you want to produce the right results, you have to be in the right state doing. And physiology is the tool that will get you the results you desire. You can instantly go into the right state by modeling people who are in that desired state. Next time you see someone successful, happy, or ecstatic, see what form of physiology does he / she have and imitate it. As you become better at doing that, you can take that physiology and add improvements to it. This phenomenon is called reverse engineering. The Chinese and the Japanese have mastered that in the business world. They often take the products someone else created, break it apart, analyze its structure and then try to make a new improved product that is more efficient and less costly. Reverse engineering can be applied to human behavior and will assist you in developing a better and more improved efficiency scheme.