Efficiency is the (often measurable) ability to avoid wasting materials, energy, efforts, money, and time in doing something or in producing a desired result. In a more general sense, it is the ability to do things well, successfully, and without waste.
Efficiency is very often confused with effectiveness. A common way to differentiate between efficiency and effectiveness is the saying “Efficiency is doing things right, while effectiveness is doing the right things.
HOW DO YOU IMPROVE WORK EFFICIENCY
- Prioritize your day in advance
Irrespective of how your day goes, never go to bed at night without prioritize the next day. This helps you to mentally go through your day in advance so that you are mentally and emotionally ready to face the day ahead.
Take time out at the end of every day, week and month to plan ahead. This will help keep you organized and increase efficiency.
- Set deadlines for yourself
After prioritizing your day, proceed to set time bounds for your tasks. An open ended list of tasks is usually unaccomplished. So set time bounds for all your activities and work with every sense of urgency.
- Avoid multi-tasking
It is believed that doing many things at the same time would increase efficiency. The reverse is usually the case. Psychologist have said that attempting to multi-task usually results in lost time and efficiency. Thus, it is advisable to set out on a task, complete and then move on to the next.
- Avoid distraction
As much as you can, avoid all forms of distractions as these increase the time spent on one task and may leave other tasks undone.