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Why Efficiency is More Important than Productivity

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Open a business blog of some kind – a major one like Forbes or Entrepreneur or one of the tiny ones, it doesn’t matter.

Take a look at the homepage.

Chances are that you will see at least one article about boosting one’s productivity, the productivity of one’s team or the entire organization.

Articles like that are ubiquitous and, more often than not, they miss the point completely.

It’s not just that they oversimplify the whole concept, which they also do in astonishingly broad strokes. It’s that they focus on the wrong thing.

In the majority of cases, these articles would be immeasurably more beneficial for the reader if they focused on being more efficient and not more productive.

Getting Down to Definitions

In order to understand why the focus on efficiency instead on productivity is often the better idea, we have to go all lexicographic and formally define these two concepts.

(It should be pointed out here that these two terms can mean a ton of different things in different situations and to different people, especially if one includes the historic definitions and implications.)

In the simplest terms possible, productivity is the measurement of the value and the amount of work that has been done over a set period of time.  

Efficiency, on the other hand, describes the capability of a specific effort or application to produce a certain desired outcome, utilizing the minimum amount of waste, resources, or unnecessary effort.

In other words, productivity measures how much value was produced over a certain period of time while efficiency measures the ratio between input and output.

So, why is efficiency (often) more important than productivity?

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How To Make Meetings People Won’t Hate Attending

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It’s no secret – most of us love to hate meetings.

In article after article, study after study, research and anecdotal evidence suggests that meetings are easily one of the least popular workplace activities. And for good reason, as most are boring and in many cases amount to a complete waste of time and money.

In fact, a study conducted by Verizon Business revealed that a full 1/3 of meetings are unproductive – completely ineffective. Most meetings suffer from having no clear purpose or objective, they are neither inspiring nor motivating and are too often organized by weak presenters who are unprepared and overly redundant.

Regardless, meetings will remain commonplace in today’s team-based work environment, so you’ll simply have to make the effort to improve them.  There are many tried and true ways to do this – sending out invitations early, setting an agenda, encouraging participation, etc. – but even with these measures, most meetings still turn out dreary and dull.

So, let’s take it a step further. Let’s go beyond the run of the mill advice, with some lesser used, more creative tips that will help you spark engagement and foster productive, effective meetings that people won’t mind attending.

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8 Productivity Hacks Every Successful Entrepreneur Should Know

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Are you struggling with productivity?  Do you feel like you’re drowning in the chaos of your current routine?  Then this post is for you!  These productivity hacks will keep your energy levels high, task list organized and distractions at a minimum.  Let’s dive in!

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Productivity Hack #1: Exercise

Exercise is a natural energy booster, so it makes sense that higher energy levels = greater productivity.

At the University of Georgia, Professor Patrick O’Connor conducted a study with 36 volunteers who did not exercise on a regular basis.  The study found that low-intensity exercise can increase energy levels by 20% and decrease fatigue by 65%!

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