Busy Will Get You Nowhere
Updated: Jan 3
The quicker you realise that there’s a distinct difference between being busy and being productive, the better off you’ll be.
It was Hemingway that famously proclaimed “Never mistake motion for action” and how right he was.
You see busy is usually associated with having lots to do or remaining occupied, but very little to do with getting anything done.
You can actually be less busy and more productive and vice versa.
I have found that people are very rarely able to make this distinction and as a result find themselves often stuck in a whirlwind, going around in circles, yet never moving forward.
Being productive however breaks this cycle and propels you in the direction you want to go.
It's about having some tangible outcome as a direct result of your effort.
It’s about being proactive and not reactive.
And about knowing the difference between what you might normally consider urgent versus what’s actually important.
So, how do you do that exactly?
Well, first you get clear, then you get focused and then you get moving.
There’s myriad of approaches, tools, tips and tricks on how you can begin making that transition, but much also depends on your personal circumstances.
On how you relate to time.
On how you manage your attention
And how you manage your energy.
Then it becomes a daily practice – a process of trial and error and a test of will.
The key initially is recognising that it is a process and that it's a process that you can choose to begin at any time.
If you'd like to be more productive and you have no idea how to approach it.
If you’d like to use your time more wisely and get clear on what you should be giving your focus and attention to.