Much effort is spent these days trying to avoid effort – or, rather, to be efficient. The theory is that the less effort that you put into any given task, the more effort that you will have for other tasks. It may in fact be true in some cases. The problem with the theory? Not all tasks are equal. I’ll say it again, because it’s a critical point. If you take away effort and/or resources from one of the key things that makes you effective, and shift those resources towards other areas [or leisure], you haven’t won.
A real life example… Raising children efficiently does not work. They take time. Focused time, focused attention. It’s true of any relationship that counts. It’s also true in our work. Great church services don’t happen with leftover time and a discount mindset. Ask yourself, does the following idea make sense: “We’re going to reduce the time and money that goes into our services – it’s OK if that reduces our effectiveness, because we can use the time and money that we’ve saved to increase our effectiveness…”
One of the truths of life is that “discount” (whether referring to time or money) and “quality” rarely go together. Invest the proper resources to make the services all that they should be.
“I’m after productivity, not efficiency…” – Michael Hyatt, Freedom To Focus