Busy Vs. Productive: Which One Are You?
The most productive and efficient people are those that “own their day” versus letting their day own them. They work to maximize their time to be as productive as possible, not just busy.
Being productive is the core of every high level achiever in the game. Think Elon Musk.
What does it actually mean to be ‘busy’ anyway?
It means having a great deal to do. When you are constantly busy, you may feel like you have a lot going on. However, in reality, you are probably accomplishing very little!
So what’s the solution? You need to rest your brain, take stock, step back, pause in the moment, and be brutally honest about what you can and cannot get done. First, you should develop a new understanding of the dangers of being busy and ‘always on’. And then you can move to a new understanding of the difference between what is urgent and what is important. And ultimately you achieve a better work balance.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, the former general and former president of the United States, devised the ‘Eisenhower Decision Matrix’. He said, “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.” (seldom == rarely). Most people fall into the trap of believing that all urgent activities are also important. See the matrix below and try to divide your tasks into these 4 quadrants.
You aim is to be productive, not just busy.
Key points -
Busy people are hell-bent on fitting in more things into their day and to-do list. Productive people cut their to-do list thoughtfully by 50 percent.
Productive people know the difference between "urgent" and "important."
Productive people focus on things which take them closer to the bigger goal.
Productive people think before saying YES - because every yes is a commitment and an expense of time. Productive people say NO to things which are no so important.
Productive people do the difficult and dreaded work first. Hit them HEAD-ON
Busy people focus on action. Productive people focus on clarity before action
Busy people talk about how busy they are. Productive people let their results do the talking
Busy people want other people to be busy. Productive people want others to be effective
So team, lets stop being busy and get effective and productive.