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Are You Working, or Working WELL?

I loves making YouTube videos for ya’ll. I’m sure by now you’re well aware of the whole “efficient vs. effective” way of thinking. As in, it’s not enough to just do things- you must actually be doing the right things, and frequently in order to make things happen. Well, I didn’t know that- or rather, I knew it, but I didn’t start applying it- until recently. I filmed this video ages ago as a little reminder about that, and then set it to some ballin music, and it’s not even a minute long so you can get back to work quickly. Behold:

After watching it, you should do what all the cool kids do and click the like button. Maybe even comment. Or you could Digg it. I dunno exactly what it is you young people do anymore when you like something you see on the internets- just do it!

BLABLA

Next up, I’m going to film a video quickly showing you guys a new product I just bought (it was cheap, but it wasn’t particularly expensive either) that’s been a fun way of keeping myself working effectively.

-A.Y.

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28 Responses to “Are You Working, or Working WELL?”

  1. used tires says:

    This is a really good point. Many people have a great work ethic but like you said, they don’t focus on doing the right thing more often. That’s what differentiates the good from the great in anything in life, be it sport or business. The box is very small and you have to be be creative as well as hard working.

    Till then,

    Jean

  2. I have had problems with this…working hard without seeing much results. It’s just a matter of knowing where is best to focus your efforts. Just because you’re doing work, it doesn’t mean it’s the best use of your time.

  3. Very great tips covered. In deed many times people could have even very bright ideas in mind and after spending a lot of time working on them, in their opinions, the outcomes could be far from what expected.

    Working smartly and outlining the aims to be achieved as you make progress would be so great.

  4. Really great advice A.Y., I honestly believe you are wise beyond your years! :D

  5. A.Y. Daring says:

    @Jean- I just need to practise what I preach more often! :P You hit the nail on the head when it comes to describing me. I have great work ethic, but I often find myself working away at what urgent, as opposed to what’s important! I suppose it’s something we all deal with, isn’t it?

    @Laptop Briefcases- truetrue! It’s like spending money in a way. Just because it was on sale, doesn’t mean you’re saving money. You’ve still gotta come in budget each month, ya know?

    @Banner Design- Often times, I find that outlining my outcomes is a good first step, but it’s rarely enough. I also have to outline my desired and required actions!

    @Komodo Dragon- Muchos gracias! <3

  6. I completely agree with this. I think it’s just a universal truth rather than specific to programming. I don’t even work in software development, but any project I am tasked with or simply my day-to-day duties successfulness are determined.

  7. A reoccurring theme is to look at the system as a whole, starting from the viewpoint of the “Helpful Model” – that people are trying to be helpful *according to the way they see things*, which may well appear as if they are being very unhelpful from one’s own viewpoint.

  8. That’s what differentiates the good from the great in anything in life, be it sport or business.

  9. Right now just reading your blog post buddy.Its really good.
    And one more thing i desperately wanna see your next video which is related to your just bought new product.

  10. mobile phone says:

    Great advice. This approach could take you in many directions, so the key is to not focus on the end results, because who knows where hard work will take you. The real key is to jump on opportunities when they show their ugly face.

  11. Nice And one more thing i desperately wanna see your next video which is related to your just bought new product.

  12. thanks for this great advie.

  13. used tires says:

    It sure is, A.Y.! :D

    Till then,

    Jean

  14. Wow, thanks for sharing, I have learned so much here on your site, thought I’d let you know your efforts are appreciated.

  15. I have great work ethic, but I often find myself working away at what urgent, as opposed to what’s important!!!

  16. I don’t think I can say “I hope that is reflected in my Christmas bonus . . “. I’m for sure wearing a tube top till Christmas though.

  17. I appreciate your knowledge buddy. Great post, awaiting for next one.

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  19. That’s what differentiates the good from the great in anything in life, be it sport or business.

  20. I have always loved the saying, working hard or hardly working. I was reminded of that quote when I started reading this post. I also was remembered to work smarter, not harder!

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    You missed two important points that even an entry-level Interaction Designer would have likely picked up on.

  22. Nice! I love how you were in the library and still got your thought out. I am doing what will get me to where I want to be. I feel lucky for that.

  23. Such a wonderful post. I think it’s just a universal truth rather than specific to programming. if we try to work well we can get more output in less time.

  24. There’s no escaping it : we get paid for performing – whether in corporate life or running our own business. If you don’t like what you do, or something about it bothers you, then chances are you won’t have as much energy and you won’t perform as well. Your career development will be limited.

  25. video ara says:

    I think it’s just a universal truth rather than specific to programming. I don’t even work in software development, but any project I am tasked with or simply my day-to-day duties successfulness are determined.

  26. I completely agree with this. I think it’s just a universal truth rather than specific to programming. I don’t even work in software development, but any project I am tasked with or simply my day-to-day duties successfulness are determined.

  27. Many thanks for such nice post. I have learned so much here on your site, thought I’d let you know your efforts are appreciated.