Today, a lot of people take a certain pride in their busyness. We are all “busy” and don’t mind talking about it. But here’s a challenge I read recently: Try substituting busyness with productivity.
Jason Selk, author and contributor to Inc.com, says, “being busy is a waste of time. A huge waste of time.” He says in his experience, “the most successful people are those who get the most important things done every day – not the most things – and then get out of the office.”
Selk gives four steps to achieving success in life while avoiding the busyness:
- Use your calendar and schedule at least one full day off every week.
- If you can’t dedicate a whole day for time to yourself or your family then some things in your routine need to go. Selk suggests making a list of all your commitments and ranking them based on importance, eliminating the least important tasks until you have one day off a week.
- While on the job each day, make a list of the top three most important tasks and get them done that day. “Productivity is getting the right things done well,” he says.
- Be OK with not getting everything done. “No matter what, make certain you do not put your time or energy into completing your ‘not to do’ tasks,” he notes.
Tackling the day’s most important tasks and being OK letting some things go sounds refreshing, but challenging. Knowing you’re only going to focus on a few things means you need to do those things well. It might be easier to be busy, but success – both at work and in your personal life – is better achieved when you’re productive.