IT’S TIME TO BREAK UP WITH BEING BUSY!!
Being Busy and Being Productive are not the same.
Are you often busy, but you look back after a month and wonder where all the time has gone? Do you often feel that you are spending a lot of time on something, but not getting much done?
There’s a common misconception that being busy is a good thing. We’re sure you’ve heard this. The busier you are, the more results you must be getting, right? The people the work the hardest are the ones with all the success, right?
This is because most people fail to understand that busying is time based, while being productive is results based. Productivity is not a measurement of how many tasks you cross off your to-do list or how much work you do. It’s a measurement of the progress you make on important outcomes.
It is very easy to busy yourself doing all kinds of things that make no difference to the results you are trying to achieve. You can say “yes” to all kinds of work and projects that consume your time and energy and, while interesting, do nothing to move your major projects or initiatives or goals.
Here are 5 simple things that you can do to change your day from a busy one to a productive one.
PRIORITISE THE TASKS
When creating a “to do list” prioritise the tasks in order of importance. You should also set a realistic deadline for each task you need to complete and keep track of your workload to ensure everything can be done in time.
REVIEW YOUR LIST
Constantly review your “to do list”. What may have been really important yesterday, may not be as important today. If completing that task won’t allow you to move forward then cross it off your list or reschedule it for another time when you might not have as many other urgent tasks to work on.
ALWAYS GOALS FIRST
Associate tasks with goals to keep you on track. For example if you have to write a new blog post why is that? Instead of just saying “I need to write a blog post on XYZ” you can say that you need to “write a new blog post on XYZ with the goal of bringing in 1,000 new visitors to your site.”
OUT-SOURCING IS GREAT
Make sure you have the appropriate skills to do each of the tasks. If you find there is something on your “to do list” that isn’t quite up your alley consider outsourcing it. You may get a better result and reduce the chance that you will keep putting it off.
WORK IN BURSTS
Work in bursts. Allocate 40 to 60 minutes to a task and focus 100% of your energy to it. Don’t multi-task and once you are finished talk a short break, get some water, walk around the office then get back to work for round two.