Effective AND/OR Efficient

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The first full week of January 2016 is off and running, and occasionally I’m still writing 2015 on things. Lol!  Monday was efficient and productive.  I was laser focused, task and time oriented!  I mean I felt like I was killing it.  Surprised and praising God for new changes and discipline; however, I heard that small voice saying too much, slow down.  And if you didn’t know, Tuesday comes after Monday.

Monday started at 4:15am, off of 4 hours of sleep, and class ended at 11:30pm, home, chit chat, settle, etc., etc., it’s Tuesday 1:00am, bedtime.  I’m not saying that to pat myself on the back.  Because trust, Tuesday slapped me in the face.

It was harder for me to focus, took twice as long or longer to do things, and it was all due to the over committing and efficiency the day before. I borrowed Tuesday’s hours for Monday, and there’s no way paying time back.  More like a snowball effect, pushing me into Wednesday, and forcing some reorganization and prioritization of goals and scheduling.

Playing catch up, is like running up hill or chasing smoke.  Good luck!

Being efficient and effective requires proper rest and time.

Efficiency – accomplishment of or ability to accomplish a job with a minimum expenditure of time and effort

Effective – adequate to accomplish a purpose; producing the intended or expected result.  Actually in operation or in force; functioning.  Producing a deep or vivid impression; striking.

This week so far has been awesome, and a learning opportunity about balance,  that rest is vital, and surrendering to the simple fact, real things take time.  Really grasping a book takes focus and time for absorption, not just plowing through words.  It’s the highlighting, the looking up words, pondering on what was said, etc., that brings understanding, thus effectiveness.

“You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but on the seventh day you must stop working, even during the seasons of plowing and harvest.” – Exodus 34:21

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The slower you go, the faster you progress.” – Abigail Tackett (cello teacher)

“You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” – Proverbs 19:21

“It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.” – Psalm 127:2

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  • January 13, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Great subject to start off the year! Reminding myself that, “a goal without a plan is just a wish.” … check with me again in December 2016!


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