We seem to be busier these days. We have less free time to take a walk, or read a magazine with a cup of coffee, or linger over lunch with friend. When we are “doing” something, we rush so we can get on to the next project or appointment.
Are we becoming more productive, or are we just being busy?
Productive people are efficient. They know how long something should take, come prepared to tackle the task at hand, and finish on time.
Busy people think about what they need to do. They research it thoroughly, write notes and lists, organize their workspace, overthink the task beyond reason, and at the end of the day, have nothing to show for it.
If you are a busy person, but want to become more productive:
- Commit to just one task at a time.
- Carve out the time to do it, and stick to the schedule.
- Give yourself time to get it done.
- Give it your full attention; be present in the moment until the task is done.
- Reward yourself when it’s done to reinforce the behavior.
Busy people committed to becoming more productive will, at first, underestimate how long something will take. If this is you, simply extend the time allowed until your mental task clock naturally readjusts.
If daily money management is your roadblock to being productive, consider having a professional do that task for you.