Doing Work vs. Being Effective

30th October 2016

People get this idea in their head that if they put work into something that it becomes valuable. This isn’t always the case. You could put hours into paperwork and still not have created anything.

Even when my workplace required certain paperwork to be done, I tried once just not doing it because it wasn’t valuable to them or me. I noticed that they have never actually checked, and in 6 months of not updating this paperwork I have never been questioned on it, even though it was taking 10 minutes of my time every day to do it.

Wow, I just saved 50 minutes a week!

Just because there is work that “has to be done” according to other people, doesn’t mean it actually has any value. It is a good idea to be willing to question the validity of extra work that pulls you away from spending time on things that have a real impact on your job.

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