The Difference Between Efficiency And Effectiveness


We live in a time that praises efficiency. How many life hacks have you seen that teach us how to cut down on time or find short cuts? While this can be great for some things, it shouldn’t necessarily cross over into how you go about everything in your life.

Let’s discuss the meaning behind these words.

Efficient: To process things quickly. To get rid of time wasters, etc.

Effective: To choose to do the right things. To get rid of activities that are time wasters; that make you “too busy”.

Now, it’s ideal to be both efficient and effective, but it’s very possible to be just one.

If I had to choose, I’d choose to be effective – since it’s vital for any type of growth. However, the goal is to find the right blend of both to reach your goals.

In order to be effective, you have to understand your values and goals in life. That is no walk in the park (and can require continuous reassessment), but it’s the kind of work that contributes to much greater meaning.

Once you have that understanding down, you can work on your efficiency. Because, the way I see it, it doesn’t matter how efficient you are if what you’re doing isn’t effective.

If you had to choose one, which would it be? If you’re more efficient, what can you start doing to be more effective today? Or vice versa.


Lots of love xx