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Walk into any office and we see people striving, working and making every possible effort to get things done. There are employees who put in a lot of effort without any rest. Unfortunately, many of them are unable to reap the benefits of their efforts.
There are times when they realize that most of their efforts were misplaced. This is primarily because they do not really know where to put in their efforts. It is important to realize that efforts exerted at the wrong place will result in 'success' not desired in the first place.
Recently, I came across an individual who wasted two full working days working on a project without understanding the brief. By the time he realized his mistake, it was a little too late. The end result was totally off the mark. The wholehearted effort he put into the task was of no use. It was just like ploughing through barren land – misplaced efforts which are, in the end, highly unproductive.
Having the right focus helps us understand where to put in our effort and enhances our productivity. Knowing where to make the effort is the first step towards reaching one's goals. Many of us get so caught up in completing our assignments we seldom analyze whether we are putting in the right effort at the right place and time.
When we know where to put in our effort, we can get things done at half the effort in a much better manner. It is important to work hard if one wants to have an upward career path, but it is essential to understand what is important and work on that. Remember, at the end of the day, what matters are the results and not the effort that went behind it, and results will be good only when the effort you make is directed to the right place.
• Misplaced efforts lead us to waste our energy on fruitless tasks
• The right focus will help us understand where to put in effort
• Work is fruitful when we know exactly what we should do
Source: C. Sunil Roy, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Senior Manager, Publilink