Being effective

What is being effective and how to get better.

What is the single, most important, goal for me?

That is the question we all know we need to ask ourselves to get our priority straight. It is only one thing. Not number one, number two, etc. …  But here it gets a little complicated.

Being effective is not what we are in everything, that is called perfection. And I am sorry, but perfection isn’t the goal. It is a vague dream. 

“Strife for perfection to achieve excellence”

                                                                                     Vince Lombardi 

I like this quote, because it give us the reason to take massive action. But why we need to do more where we want to get more for less time? Isn’t that what is being effective? It is simple, we all want to be there, but it takes time. It takes practice. We haven’t been created with any knowledge or wisdom. We need to put time and try different things until we find something that clicks. Effectiveness is the goal of every modern business, trying to get more for those fixed cost that it is already paying. And it is funny how that transfers to our personal life. Well at least for some of us, who want more of it. We try to do more before going to work. Otherwise we are just chasing other people’s agenda. Sleep, eat, work, repeat. When that might be the case for some entrepreneurs, it is rarely a long-term goal.

How do we measure effectiveness? With time. A simple example. If you produce more units than Tony, for the same time, you are being more effective. Then the boss is likely to keep you longer on work and give you more props. Were that doesn’t mean that Tony isn’t efficient per se. Perhaps he haven’t right, or have been distracted, or he haven’t used the best method. Multiples criteria overlaps here and that’s why the isn’t one solution. Moreover there are many for different situations.

“If you do the right thing at the wrong time you get pain”

Tony Robbins


Wise words from a wise man. But what does that tell us? Do more things, to find those that fit in your capabilities. And eventually it will get smoother. But that require patience. Patience to improve your skills by practice and reading. Where that is only the entry-level. Knowledge isn’t effective, wisdom is. Knowledge is simply potential power that will help you resolve an issue/problem for “x” amount of time. Wisdom, on the other hand is that what is saving your time. And perhaps you need to pay for it sometimes to save yours. Because by definition wisdom is extracted from long hours of expertise. Where that gives you the ability to see what actually brings awesome results, not only works.  It is awesome to be in that level, but in these ages of mediocrity it is hard to find your way to mastery.

That’s why average methods and solutions aren’t much demanded. They are everywhere. Where creative new traits are prone to be effective. For every thing there are some secret moves that save time. If you don’t know how to grill a burger patty you won’t do it faster than a cook will. And it is like that for everything. Specialization is effective. There are being more tech job created after every new emerging technology. They tend to be very narrow and deep in their subject matter. That’s why I can’t describe what my friends are working to my grandmother.

Lastly, with all that being said about excelling and chasing results and goals, there are a few more things to keep in mind. Sometimes it happens that we have the resources to do certain thins the best way possible, aka being effective and creative. But other times it isn’t the case. I am still getting myself to do those things. It is also a reminder for myself and I hope you find that post helpful too. Upgrade with patience. Enjoy the process.

PS: If you lost your key in the hash. Don’t dig for it, ask your roommate to make a duplicate for you. 🙂


Time off

Working and grinding is necessary to survive. And essential for success. However, why do we work so much if we can’t enjoy what we currently have?

Everybody has a different way to spend their free time. That’s a sure thing. But one thing is fairly common – we get bored. We need variety. Sometimes spontaneous invitation can makes us jump and do things we might never considered possible. While planned trips and vacation may turn out very boring and disappointing. That’s what we don’t want to happen.

Do we have to make plans for a our spare time?

You never know what is going to happen when you make a trip to unknown places. Even if you plan it. Randomness is the key element for a fun vacation. With the right amount of it you will get to see things that you would never be able to plan. And conversely by making plans we block our time and the possibility of missing out.

Have you ever had a vacation that you expect all year and after which you need to go back to work, but you feel tired? You are not alone. I believe that is how it should be. That doesn’t mean it hadn’t have a exciting time off. While some people prefer getting into sleep and no action activities, they get tired too. In fact, doing nothing is even harder sometimes, isn’t it?

It is this time of the year when everybody has some extra time off. And we have planned things for the big moments, Christmas and NYE. And friends and family are there to make it special. In the mean time there might be something extra time left for us.

Eating snacks and Nutella is the perfect remedy for a dark, cold night. Why not? Because we more prone to lose momentum.

Getting off track is a luxurious moment. Rather keep celebrating with a pace that preserves your habits. Otherwise, braking momentum is going to require much energy and work to get back on track.

PS: Happy holidays! Experience the cold season.