Busy vs Productive: Which are You?
“It is not enough to be busy –the question is, what are we busy about?” – Henry David Thoreau
Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like you have run around like a maniac all day but not really accomplished anything meaningful? Someone asks ‘how was your day?’ and you have been so rushed off your feet all day – but you have nothing really to show for it. Maybe that’s how you feel about your life in general? It’s safe to say most of us have been there!
This is a sign that you’re being busy rather than productive. These are two very different states of being and largely affect your business (amongst everything else). So what is the difference between the two?
- Busy people have lots of priorities. Productive people have just a few.
- Busy people say yes often and quickly. Productive people weigh up their priorities before saying yes.
- Busy people talk (and usually complain) about being busy. Productive people let their success be the noise.
- Busy people multitask. Productive people focus.
The reality is most of us are busy. And we let those insignificant daily tasks that keep us busy remain a priority. When you learn the difference and start to implement your productive habits, not only will your business soar, your anxiety and stress levels will drop, you feel less strung out, your passion continues and you have more space in your life for growth and happiness. Successful business people have spent time actively learning to be productive, and it really does start with point one on our previous list – what are you priorities? Once you have 3-4 key life priorities, you can work backwards to eliminate the unnecessary and not-so-important tasks that are keeping you from productively working toward your goals.
Learn to focus. Studies have shown that it is almost impossible for anyone to multitask effectively – in fact it can be hugely detrimental to your intellectual capacity. This is why is it is really important to schedule your time into short, focus bursts of energy on your priority tasks.
Lastly, learn to say no. If it eats into your priority time and it doesn’t serve your purpose and goals, don’t do it. You can become much less busy and increase your productivity simply by ceasing or delegating unnecessary, everyday tasks.
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