Have you ever bragged about being busy, maybe even normalized how busy you are?
We have, guilty as charged. We even wore 'being busy' as a badge of honor. Getting down to the bottom line, we we're just spinning our wheels. We were busy, but not productive.
There is a big difference between being busy and being productive. Being busy does not mean that you are getting ahead or accomplishing tasks. Sometimes, being busy is just doing a lot of things out of habit. This is what we always do, so we keep doing it.
Have you ever stopped and asked yourself if you are actually getting anywhere by doing so many things in a day and not having time for things that matter? Once we asked ourselves this question, we were able to focus on what really mattered to us.
We figured out how to be more productive then just busy. Being productive means to achieve a result. If one tried to work more on being productive than busy, then life may be less stressful, or one could slow down and not rush around trying to do everything at once.
Here are a few tips to become more productive:
A great way to become more productive is to identify your priorities. Ask yourself, "What is the most important thing to complete today?" As things start to get stressful, take a step back and revaluate your priorities and schedule some time for yourself to do something you enjoy or something that gives you peace of mind. For example, this may be taking a walk outside, reading, meditating, stretching, talking to a friend, etc. The importance in checking in with yourself and self-soothing is to be able to better handle situations as they happen versus returning to a busy, hustle lifestyle.
If everything is a priority, learn how to say No to things you don’t want to do or don’t have time to do. Everything may seem like a priority or even that you may be the only person to complete the task; however, the more you delegate or say no to things the more time you will find.
Try our tips to becoming more productive. If you need more help, reach out here or by phone at 210.495.3131 to schedule a counseling appointment to help you identify your priorities as well as learn ways to set boundaries as needed.
Tell us, what steps have you taken to be more productive in your day? Share with us below!