Time Management: Productivity vs. Busyness

We live in a society that often confuses busyness with productivity. This misconception often leads to inefficiencies and unnecessary stress that causes us to believe there is just not enough time. We often do not have enough time to sit and eat lunch, to exercise, or to spend with our family and friends. Time seems to be what escapes us all. Since this is a challenge that many of us face, let us explore what is the differences between being busy and productive.

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The first difference between productivity and busyness, is a productive person is focused and knows what they need to get done.  A busy person over analyzes all the possibilities and has no strategy for what they what to accomplish. Moreover, a productive person not only knows what they need to get done, they know how to prioritize their goals. They understand that there is no such thing as multitasking.

Another difference between a busy person and a productive person, is a productive person learns from their mistakes and adjust their plans of actions based upon their lessons learned. Productive people recognize that perfection is not attainable, but they make the necessary changes to improve their skills, knowledge, and abilities. Busy people on the other hand talk about the changes they want to make and ruminate over their failures; productive people understand that life has ups and downs.

A third difference is productive people are keenly aware of their time and use foresight to eliminate challenges.  Busy people on the other hand flounder and lose sight of their end goal. Thus, they are more focused on the illusion of being accomplished, while productive people are aware of their time and how they are utilizing it. Productive people let their results speak for their efforts.  Busy people talk about their efforts.

Time is the most precious thing that we have.  And what you do with your time not only impacts your quality of life, but also how you feel about your life.  Be mindful that ideal busyness does not amount efficiency or productivity. In fact, busyness can be a constant distraction from the things that really matter in life.

What is important for all of us to remember, is to take one day at a time.  We are blessed with 31,536,000 seconds per day; 1440 minutes per day, and 24 hours per day.  Imagine if you were given $31,536,000 everyday and that everyday you had to spend it. You could not save it or exchange it, but you had to spend  $31,536,000 everyday. What would you do with it? The possibilities seem endless. Well they are, just remember Rome was not built in a day. So focus, prioritize, take action and evaluate.