Teo Wei Huat

Teo Wei Huat is an open-minded individual who pursues self-enrichment throughout all his life. “To be a better person” is always his tagline. By understanding knowledge is power, gaining insights from reading is his favourite thing to do. His area of interest would be economy and investment.

Impossible is always being interpreted as “I’mpossible” to motivate individual to make impossible things to be possible. Could everything be possible from impossible? The answer could be yes if there is no time limit for completing tasks. I come from a different angle when ‘time’ is taken into account. Do ignore the impossibility in terms of strength and ability, let’s look in the context in a timeframe.

The reason being the outcome would only be judged in future. The failure would not be declared until the future element of ‘time’ is removed. For instance, people would tend to find excuse saying that he/she would make things possible (successfully achieve something) if ‘more time is allowed’. The fact is that there would be another tomorrow when the tomorrow comes, it would never be enough if it is infinite. To be realistic, possible or impossible should be judged within a timeframe. We could only claim that we are successful (possible) when the task is completed within a limited timeframe. This is where the topic comes with “I’mpossible” is only relevant with time concern.

However, I am not writing to demotivate everyone but to share the way of completing task within a timeframe. Haha! Being effective and efficient is the key factor towards achievable goals. Let’s put it in this way. Effectiveness is about quality of the outcome being produced while efficiency is referring to the time consumption for an outcome. How to be effective? Your progress is everything that has got to do with the objective. This is to make sure what is done is indeed intended for. If the outcome is not aligned with the objective, it would not be effective.

What about efficiency then? As mentioned above, time is really a concern to determine possibility or impossibility. To be efficient, master plan would be an essential tool to break the task into small parts according to the timeframe. Smaller part of task could enable you to complete it in an easier manner. Step by step approach could also build self-confidence on the perception of the ability to finish task on time. As a saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. If you mind on every small parts of task, the task could be achievable.

You and I being in a university, we face a lot of tasks, be it events or assignments that timeframe is always the key to define a person’s ability. The reason I share this in DuaRinggit is I feel that being realistic by the ‘time’ factor boundary is an important reminder to bring us back to reality, as I am a realist, Haha!

Going deeper, an over-emphasis of effectiveness leads to over perfectionism that may cause the task to fail to complete on time. On the other hand, over-emphasis of efficiency would lead to task based attitude, or in other words ‘Doing for the sake of doing’, rather than focusing on value creation. Therefore, maintaining an optimal balance of effectiveness and efficiency could ensure the value added on the task without compromising the time consumption. In short, effectiveness is attained by doing right things while efficiency is maintained by doing things in a right manner. “I’mpossible” could really be possible with the balance up between the 2Es (effectiveness and efficiency).

You may feel my words are very technical. But I am a keen believer on optimizing the 2Es!


*The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of DuaRinggit.

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