Two Notes Tuesday: How to Be Effective and Make Better Decisions
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Two Notes Tuesday: How to Be Effective and Make Better Decisions

Without effectiveness, you can never perform in work and in life. Learn how to be useful in whatever you do.
Two Notes Tuesday: How to Be Effective and Make Better Decisions

How to be effective at your work

No matter what industry or business you’re in, if you want to be effective at your work, the first step is to ask what needs to be done. Many people are ineffective because they focus on what they want to do instead of what’s necessary.

You don’t need special talent to be effective because it’s a skill that you can practice until it becomes a habit. Without effectiveness, there is no performance — it is the tool that transform work into results.

Effective knowledge workers have five traits:

  1. They know how their time is allocated. They have a system to manage their limited time to ensure every aspect of their work is managed.
  2. They focus on the results more than the work.
  3. They build on the strength of themselves, their superiors, and colleagues. They understand that performance cannot come from weaknesses. They don’t commit to things that they cannot deliver.
  4. They prioritise on major areas that give the most results. They set and execute their priority decisions with ruthless pragmatism.
  5. They make effective decisions.

5 factors of an effective decision-making system

Create an effective decision-making system with these five factors:

  1. When faced with a problem, ask yourself — is this a common occurrence or an exception? The former can be resolved with a principle and standard protocol; the latter requires creative thinking.
  2. Great decisions require clear specifications. Determine your expected outcome and specify the minimum results you’d require before classifying it as a successful decision.
  3. Start with the right decisions instead of what is acceptable. Compromise is common in decision making. If you know what are the right things to do, you will know how to differentiate the right and wrong compromise.
  4. Build a feedback loop for your decisions to calibrate and improve your decisions over time. Exposing your decisions to the test of reality will help measure its effectiveness.
  5. Ensure you follow through all effective decisions with relentless commitment and action.

A fulfilled life is built upon being effective and making better decisions. Learn more about how to be the best version of yourself with one of my favourite books:

The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done (Harperbusiness Essentials)