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Effective Time Use 

Time is a unique resource, everyone is given 24 hours each day. Think of time as one of the tools you have available to reach your goals. Using time effectively is actually a matter of your own personal management.

Do not confuse efficiency with effectiveness when it comes to developing your time use skills. Efficiency relates to doing a job right in as little time and with as little effort as possible. Effectiveness relates to doing the "right" job correctly.

Being effective with time means you are using it on the most important tasks. Efficiency implies you are able to accomplish a great deal of work, effectiveness indicates that you know how to set priorities and focus your attention on what needs to be done.

You evaluate effectiveness by whether what you accomplished was what really needed doing.

Source:  University Extension. Person to Person, November 1998,  Carole Bozworth, Pg. 4.

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