Are you tired almost every day but feel like you have accomplished much? As if you are running on a treadmill where you keep running but not going anywhere. Ending the day tired and disappointed is not how you want to spend each day. When you have big audacious goals, don’t allow yourself to settle into the habit of saying it is what is. Because of the truth, you can change. And instead of being busy, you can become productive.
Here are 5 Ways to Stop Being Busy & Start Being Productive.
1. Get Your Priorities Straight
Time management is all about priorities management. You let other things rule over your schedule because of a lack of goals or priorities for the day, month, or year. Set your priorities for the year. Then, break them down further to monthly, weekly, then daily achievable tasks.
Each day, set at least 3 priorities to develop your work, self, and relationship. The goal is to be able to have a harmonious connection between all 3 primary areas of your life.
“I recommend you take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.” – Earl of Chesterfield
2. Get More Organized
Understand that being busy is inherrently a good sign.
In this day and age being busy is equated to productivity, burnout becomes prevalent. However, having tons of work piled up on your plate does not mean you are efficient and effective. All you end up doing is beating yourself up to exhaustion leading to burnout.
“A plan is what, a schedule is when. It takes both a plan and a schedule to get things done.” – Peter Turla
After everything has been planned, one thing never gets unplanned — distractions. The distractions are what’s stirring you away from what is essential in your life. Most of the time, they get the most airtime. Identifying these items will help you manage your time.
Time blocking is an effective tool to decipher where you spend the most of your time. From there, identify negotiable and non-negotiable items. To be efficient, not busy, minimize or eliminate activities such as one-hour unnecessary chit chat with officemates. Or, taking a shower for one hour per day. Come up with an ideal time block. Your priorities take most of the time and secondary items get less screen time.