Focus on Being Productive, not just busy
Years ago, I wore being busy like a good medal. Do you or have you done too? A new study revealed that Americans, in particular, are no longer accepting being busy as an honor. Rather, the truth is that Americans who always say they’re “busy” are now not actually seen as more important.
Multiple studies are showing that busyness isn’t actually good business, and here’s the main reason it isn't: we become less productive. We’re all susceptible to it, but If I’m saying to myself (and I have), “Woo, I’m busy; really busy,” I now ask myself, "doing what?". It's possible that I could be distracted and NOT doing the most important or most productive work that I should be doing. It seemed like I was doing more, but the real results was actually less.
"Being busy and being productive are two different things." Unknown
Truth be told, not everyone wears being busy as a symbol of status. I started finding enjoyment by being more productive at a less busy pace. And you know what; I'm happier, healthier and more focused. You know my word, intentional. I've learned how to say "no" to being busy and overwhelmed without guilt or regret, you can too. It's called being intentional.
Here’s a few things I've learned and heard from others. I hope they'll help you to. Because we only have one life and it's important what I spend my time doing, it's a hot commodity. Whatever I dispense, I never get back. So I have to spend it all wisely. You have to know the difference in being busy and being productive in your own life.
Here's a few tips to determine the difference:
1. Will what I'm doing right now matter one year from now or better yet, will it matter tomorrow?
2. What fruit will this activity produce? Knowing your desired outcome or goal before saying yes can help you say no more quickly.
3. Is this good for now or my epitaph? If what you're doing is just a good add in for your obituary, but won't add any life to you right now. It's just being busy.
Remember, productive is being able to look back and say that my time well spent. Any comments? Email me. Don't forget to Hashtag. #100books100authors
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