Busy vs. Productive

“Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions”
~ John Randolph

When life seems to pile up with long to-do lists, we can sometimes lose track of the difference between being busy and productive. Whether focusing on improving company culture or just seeking to give yourself a personal boost, learning what makes someone productive vs. busy creates a better environment for future success.

Busy people are constantly working while productive people achieve tangible results. Not only do tasks need to be accomplished by a deadline, tasks need to be completed properly. Long hours of work can lead to less focus and a greater chance of making mistakes. Breaks may calm the mind while refocusing thoughts and ideas and can lead to a more useful and valuable end result.

Busy people often say yes to a new project without the thought process necessary to budget time effectively, creating an overwhelming workload.  On the other hand, productive people are hesitant to say yes to new tasks until they consider the effect of the new task on their current priorities.

Busy people get distracted and lose focus while productive people have a schedule and system to get tasks accomplished. Throughout the day, productive people see organization as a necessity.

While sometimes we all feel overwhelmed, it’s imperative to plan and implement your schedule in a way that benefits your productivity as well as your peace of mind. Focus on a positive realistic productivity level to improve your personal and professional life.

Kelly D. Scott
Vistage Florida
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