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Productivity Tweet of the Week(ish): Efficiency vs. Effectiveness

Not only am I a GTD late bloomer, I’m a Twitter late bloomer too! Before giving the service a fair shake, I kept reading blogger after blogging telling the same story: “I didn’t get it until I tried it for a week, now I love it!” I tried it for a week, I didn’t get it. I asked Brett to help explain it to me. He did… I still didn’t get it. Then all of a sudden it clicked. I’m not sure why it took so long, but all of a sudden I’m sold just the same as the rest (you can follow me here :) )!

For those who haven’t joined up yet, the coolness factor is probably the hardest thing in the Internet world to explain. I know people I follow are broadcasting their 140 characters to hundreds or thousands of people, but somehow reading about whats going on in their lives makes it seem more intimate than it really is. I can turn a tweet from someone else into a conversation at any point, as long as I have something valuable to give back to the conversation starter. We exchange a couple replies and we both go on our merry way. Quick, easy, interesting and non-committal.

I’m going to start a regular(ish) post highlighting my favorite productivity tweet of the week(ish) — I add the “ish” because I’m not sure I’ll be able to find one worth mentioning, but I’ll do my best. Luckily this week we have a great one to kick things off. It comes from James of Organize IT and here’s what he had to say:

 
These made me stop and think for a while. I’m an efficiency whore. I live for it! Its interesting to contemplate the relationship between my efficiency and my effectiveness. The loudest thought that came to mind was my reply:

 
Leverage is using a little to do a lot and is the ultimate source of productivity. Strong leadership is a great form of leverage.The more time and energy you put into doing it well, the more you’ll be able to accomplish.

Thanks again to James for making me think. Now its your turn…

What’s your take on Efficiency vs. Effectiveness?

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