Being productive and being busy are not usually one and the same.
You can be productive and not be busy, in the same way that you can be busy and not be productive.
The second scenario is common these days – most people are really busy, but not very productive, and that’s a problem.
Being busy is often worn as a badge of honour.
It makes people feel important.
It makes others think he/she’s important.
Being busy, in that sense, is more about ego than results.
But here’s the irony – doing more just for the sake of it does not make for progress.
If progress, impact and results are what you are after, you have to change how you think about work.
The focus needs to shift from quantity to quality.
At the end of the day, working smart will always trump working hard.
It’s not how many hours you spend working that counts, but how you spend those hours.
This is why the peak performers, the best, earn in minutes what most people earn in weeks or months, even years.
Think about how you can make the most of the time you spend working, rather than just focusing on working as hard as possible.
Here are some questions to get you started:
How can you double the impact with the same amount of work?
How can you do the same amount of work in half the time?
How can you improve your performance, and end results?
How can you do things just a bit better every day?
There’s a big difference between being busy, and being productive.
One leads to results, while the other leads to stress.
One leads to progress, while the other changes very little, if anything, even many years down the line.
One leads to a life of impact, while the other, often (and usually), leads to a life of regrets.
Guess which one does which…
Focus on quality over quantity.