ACTIVITY VS RESULTS

David Adeniji

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In physics, motion is a change in position of an object over time. Motion could be of various types. oscillatory – like that of a pendulum – rotatary – simply turning round, Brownian – random haphazard movement and others. But of all, it’s only linear motion, or a combination with linear motion that moves you desirously from one definite spot to another and makes you cover distance on a straight path.

Now, compare that with the things we do in life and business. Many times we get carried away in excitement with activities without stopping to evaluate their contribution to our set goals. We assign several tasks but forget to create performance indicators to track progress. Some activities really don’t move you anywhere, some at best only keeps you going about the same spot.

“The process of identifying and measuring your own activity is very powerful. It requires you to closely examine how you work and what you do. It helps you to analyze what works and what doesn’t. Too often, we just blindly do the same things time and again. Too often, it’s out of habit, because we’ve been taught a certain way, or because we may have been told to do things in a certain manner.” – Tom Jennings

So then it’s good to be busy but just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you’re accomplishing anything. Don’t mistake activity for achievement and never confuse _’busy-ness’_ for results. Although, you must get _busy_ to get results, the reverse is not always true. To get desired results, you need to be busy doing the right things in the right place and at the right time. You may not be perfect with this combination always, but a little more smartness is what you need.

Make conscious efforts this weekend to evaluate the effectiveness of every task that you’ve performed or assigned to people. You will be amazed at how a few simple changes can have a positive effect on your overall performance going forward. We all have the same number of minutes given to us at midnight each day. When you work more efficiently, you will find yourself with both more time and money to enjoy when the tasks are completed.

David Adeniji

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