Are you busy? Are you truly and honestly busy? Tell me, what are you actually getting done being so.. so busy?
Busy: having a great deal to do.
Productive: achieving or producing a significant amount or result.
So, how many times have you gone to your desk on a Monday morning and had no idea where to begin?
So I believe being busy is having lots to do, but being productive is actually seeing and benefitting from the results, actually doing it. You can be very busy but still getting nothing done or accomplished. Jumping from one thing to another to TRY to make progress. Did that comment spark a reaction from you?
So how can we be less busy and more productive? Managing your time is a lot like managing your “stuff”. Except with time, you only get 24 hours in a day, with stuff you can always get more space to store things, so purging the things that are not necessary in your daily planner is important and making sure you are keeping the important things on top of your planner so they are actually getting done.
This is where time mapping and time blocking are so important. I talk about time management all the time, why? Because it genuinely is important for every day to run smoothly, do you just want to be busy? or do you want to be productive? Are you just moving tasks around or are those tasks getting done?
Take that handy dandy planner of yours, you do have one right? I highly recommend time mapping to find out where you are spending your precious time, maybe wasting your time on Facebook, Instagram, or word games? First, fill in everything that is most important in that calendar/planner and the things that have to get done, every week chores and things get placed in next, and then things that if they don’t get done can be moved to another time slot or different day. This is called time blocking. Blocking out the times you will need to get your stuff done. Once you do this you will start to become more productive. You need some goals and some direction on where your days are going. There is nothing worse than getting to your desk and having no idea where to begin or what to start on first. This is where people get “stuck”. Clients tell me all the time “I feel stuck”. Of course, with no direction or goals or next steps, you are going to feel stuck.
Come on folks, let’s work on planning our days better. Rely on a great daily planner, whether that is a digital one or paper planner or even both, yes both. I worked with both for many years.
Let’s not be busy…let’s be productive!