If you truly want to be effective and efficient (remember, they can be two different issues), you need to constantly ask yourself three questions:
1. What am I and my coworkers (or family members) doing that doesn’t need to be done?
2. Do these things need to be done at all?
3. What am I doing that others could do?
It’s easy to get bogged down in the “C” things on your A, B, C priority list. Ask yourself the three questions above — and answer them honestly and act on them — and you’ll waste less time and get more A and B things done.