Today people are running around busier than ever. They are on their phones, laptops, tablets and desktops. However, they are tired and less productive. People falsely mistake busyness for productive because they doing so many things. Productive means finishing the tasks that you start. Here are 5 differences between busy and productive people.
Productive people don’t care if people are looking. Busy people do things to put on airs.
Productive people announce outcomes when things are actually done. Busy people tell you the play-by-play. The problem is that many things can go wrong. What happens if something doesn’t go according to plan or doesn’t come to fruition? Busy people think that constantly announcing whatever they are doing is keeping people informed but in reality it is oversharing. People don’t care the number of steps involved. They just care about the outcome.
Productive people only put three items on their to-do list.
Keeping shorter to-do lists don’t overwhelm you. One to three things are manageable. Having 10 things on your to-do list shocks your brain.
Productive people single-task. Busy people multitask.
Multitasking is a lie! It makes you tired because you are expending so much energy doing ten things at a time. Furthermore, it overloads your brain. If you are allocating the same amount of time towards 10 things, then you are doing 1/10. There is a very big difference between 10/1 versus 1/10. Do one thing, ten times versus ten things, one time. When you do one thing ten times, you complete ten things. However, if you do ten things one time, none of these ten things are completed.
Productive people say yes strategically. Busy people say yes to everything.
Let’s define strategic versus tactic. Strategic means long-term. Tactic means short-term. Productive people are strategic. Busy people are tactical. When productive people say yes, they’re thinking of the long-term implications of their decisions. Busy people only think about the right now. That’s tactical because it’s short-term.
Busy people are distracted. Productive people are focused.
Productive people don’t get sidetracked because their best friends are calling them on their jobs. They their friends that they cannot call them at work because they are focused on completing their tasks. Busy people take their friends’ phone calls during their breaks that spill over into work time because everything is important.
These 5 busy versus productive people distinctions will help you improve my time management and reduce being overwhelmed by focusing on what really matters.
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Fast Company: http://www.fastcompany.com/3051920/secrets-of-the-most-productive-people/the-three-biggest-differences-being-busy-and-productiv