"Commenting on the difference between the disciplined and the undisciplined way, he wrote, Nothing was ever achieved without discipline; and many an athlete and many a man has been ruined because he abandoned discipline and let himself grow slack.
Coleridge is the supreme tragedy of indiscipline. Never did so great a mind produce so little. He left Cambridge University to join the army; but he left the army; he returned to Oxford and left without a degree.
He began a paper called The Watchman which lived for ten numbers and then died. It has been said of him: "He lost himself in visions of work to be done, that always remained to be done. Coleridge had every poetic gift but one—the gift of sustained and concentrated effort."
In his head and in his mind he had all kinds of books. But the books were never composed outside Coleridge's mind, because he would not face the discipline of sitting down to write them out.
No one ever reached any eminence, and no one having reached it ever maintained it, without discipline."
from "Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life" by Donald S. Whitney
from "Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More" by Morten Hansen
The value equation hinges on three components. The first of these has to do with how much your work benefits other people or your organization. The phrase "benefits to others" can mean contributing to your department, your office, a colleague, your company, your customers, your clients, or your suppliers (or even to the community or environment). The benefits themselves can take various forms, including enabling others to do their jobs better, helping create new products, or devising better methods for getting work done.
The second component of value is the quality of your work—the degree of accuracy, insight, novelty, and reliability of your work output.
The final component of value is how efficiently you work.
To produce great value at work is to create output that benefits others tremendously and that is done efficiently and with high quality.