Being busy does not mean being productive at all. There’s a huge difference between being productive and being busy. Keeping yourself busy is all about working harder while being productive is all about working smarter. Being productive is dedicated/focused while being busy is worried/ anxious. Being busy is about being decent at everything while being productive is about being great at limited important things. You can be busy all day with some job but you still feel you are behind accomplishing your goals. What if, clearing 70% of your to-do list without getting the three really important tasks completed?
Productivity is when your work produces a significant amount of results. Little work and the right tools/techniques can help you to eliminate overworking and underperforming. After being productive, it helps you in saving energy, money and time, while doing work more efficiently and effectively. Being productive is an important time management strategy. In this same scenario, think of the “busy” person. The busy person will spend all his/her time doing research, trying to understand and learn all the possibilities, creating a long to-do list, and trying to make things perfect from the beginning. A busy person can spend days doing nothing tangible to show how busy they are and how much effort they are making. Busy people are considered to be overthinkers and they have an excellent ability to carry on their tasks to the amount they have with them.
It is observed that “busy” people tend to be great at “looking busy” whereas “productive” people are simply seen “getting it projects done.” A productive person’s list of to-do does not include something irrelevant. The productive person will avoid wasting time on unnecessary task. Not just someone people but we all may fall into the “busy” category from time to time but, during those times, it is important to identify it for what it is and move forward with action. Highly productive people work day and night to make their dreams come true in reality. They push themselves and their limits to be less busy and more productive every day. Try following the simple, yet highly effective and efficient, steps to become a more productive person and see how it can change your life forever!
– Prioritize tasks
You should learn to say “no” to the things that don’t matter in your schedule. You will always find fun projects around you and also what people will want you to do. However, if it is not something that connects you to your ultimate goals, it’s okay to say “no.”
– Create templates and use those
You should create templates, formats for yourself which will help you to work smarter and not waste your time in understanding other unknown templates.
– Do the dreaded work first.
It is advisable, to focus on one task at a time. Some projects may make you feel hyper-productivity but actually, it is interrupted productivity. Instead of doing multiple tasks at one go, people nowadays switch-tasking and this start-and-stop technique protect you from hitting a state of flow and engaging in deep work.