I was listening to a podcast recently, and one of the guests brought up “the art of productivity.” In other words, the art of getting things done.
He brought to light a productivity idea that was genius. If you want to be the most productive, you need to AUTOMATE, DELEGATE, or ELIMINATE everything you do that doesn’t give you the highest return on value.
We all have areas of strength within our jobs and life that bring the most value. That’s where we should plant our flags. That should be our sweet spot of focus. Everything else should go by the wayside.
Some us might be in entry level positions without the means by which we can delegate anything. Then I would suggest finding ways to automate and/or eleminate much of what you do, so you can focus on the things that bring the most value to your organization or life.
And if you can’t even do that and you are still being absolutely drained by the work you do, then you’re in the wrong position or at the wrong job. Life is too short to have all of the energy sucked out of you to where you are never operating in your sweet spot.
After all, what we want more of at the end of the day is VALUE. And the highest common denominator for value is our relationships with people, and because of that, how meaningful life can actually be. Because we never want to automate, eliminate, or delegate people.