TL;DR: Working hard is not the same as working effectively. It’s the difference between being busy and being productive. With so many things that we could be working on, it’s important to take a closer look at how we are managing our time. For example, what projects should take priority over others and why? Answering these questions requires us to assess the leverage of a given body of work. Leverage is defined by a simple equation: It’s the value, or impact, produced per time invested.
No matter what you’re doing, you should ask yourself the following questions to help improve your leverage: