Have you ever been completely overwhelmed by the length of your to do list? Sometimes it feels like we are working and working, going and going, but have little to show for it. This is a definite sign that you need to take time to reflect, reorganize and prioritize. Having a lot to do and being busy, does not always mean that you are being productive.
One of the main culprits of being busy vs. being productive is your understanding of success. You are not successful because you have lots of commitments on your plate. Your success is measured by your ability to effectively carry out the tasks you have taken on. A person that completes one task well is more successful than someone that has five tasks, but only completes two of them. Multitasking is great for those that can do it effectively, but for most people, your best productivity will come about when you are fully focused on the task at hand.
It is nice to be popular and know that many are in need of your services. However we become busy when we continually say yes to everyone and everything. Prioritizing is key to productivity. It may seem counterintuitive to say ‘no’ to those who request your services, but spreading yourself too thinly will leave you unable to put your best effort into every project.
Judge your level of success by the effectiveness of what you do and not by the amount of things that you do. It is not the amount of active hours you put in that matters, what counts is the output.
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