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Are You Productive or Are You Just Busy?

December 4, 2019

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I have been super busy the last 2 months.  Between hosting my 2nd Annual Integrate To Success Conference , travelling and meeting with Presidential Candidates,  I have not had much time to myself yet.

As I was preparing for Q3 and looking back on what I had accomplished, I was proud of the things I had done, like a successful year 2 of Integrate to Success and the speaking engagements I had.  But I also had to acknowledge that, although my calendar was full, I was not as productive this quarter as I would have liked.

There is a huge difference between being busy and being productive.  You can be busy all day long but still not accomplish your goals.  For example, have you ever spent a day checking off items on your to-do” list but then realize that you are not one step closer to your goals?  Being productive is accomplishing task that matter…things that move you one step closer to your goals.

Busy people tend to be great at “looking busy” whereas productive people are simply “getting it done.” A productive person’s list of to-dos’ does not include items like “Take out the trash” or “return calls”.  Those are things they just do.  A productive person’s to do list will include items that have a meaningful impact on their short term and long-term goals.  Being productive is at the core of high achiever and should be yours as well.

Have you been busy or productive?  If you are looking for ways to become more productive, here are a few tips:

  1. Focus on One Thing (at a time)

There are a million things that you could be doing, but what is the one thing that will deliver you the most results first? Do that! Prioritize your to do and focus on getting the most important done first. Then move to the next.

  1. Design an Action Plan, working from the end result backwards.

You can’t be productive if you don’t know where you are trying to go.Develop an action plan for your goals and work backwards.For example, if your goal is to write a book, take that goal and work backwards, determining what action items need to be accomplished to move you towards your goal. Keep the big long-term goals in mind but then set smaller daily goals to get there.

  1. Delegate and Eliminate Distractions

Distractions are the enemy of productivity. Do everything in your power to give your fullest attention to the important must do task at hand. And delegate other task when possible.

As we begin Q3 , make sure you are focusing on being productive so that every day, you are getting one step closer to your goals.

Tameika Isaac Devine

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