Intentionality is a double-edged sword. Certainly a must have weapon on the road to awesome, however, you must not lose site of being effective. Short sightedness can sometimes lead to a dream killing “efficiency overload”.
What is the difference between effectiveness and efficiency? Effectiveness is the completion of a project or task. The project or task may be small daily items such as cleaning the kitchen or bigger life achievements such as publishing a book or owning a business. Efficiency adds the element of “smoothness” or “cost effectiveness” to the these projects, but often times at a cost. I’m often so focused on getting things done in tight time windows in order to fit in more “stuff”, I stop enjoying the process. Writing and reading, two things I love to do, started to be “boxes” to check. Since these things are not my income source, they are easily discarded if they take from my quality of life. For you these “boxes” may be yard work, cooking, or even watching Breaking Bad on Netflix.
The thing about efficiency, is that it doesn’t stand on its own as a result.The ultimate goal is to be effective.
Certain projects have hard due dates. To remain on a course toward awesome, you need to meet these timelines. I don’t typically struggle with dates on projects, where I struggle are the “extra” things.
2. Regularly schedule a Check-in on yourself. Observe your ambitious schedule for a check on priorities, results, and your happiness. As I did this, I realized my attempt at consistent blogging was taking all the fun out of it. I can afford ( as this is only a hobby), to chill out for a while and slowly jump back into the game. You will find these opportunities to fine tune your effectiveness verses efficiency. Backing off on writing is not efficient, but burning out and hating it isn’t very effective either.