Take Off Your Busy Badge

Published: July 24, 2013
By: Faye Hollands

I’m the first to say I’m busy.  I’ve got two kids to look after, a business to run, a dog to walk, and a husband to keep in line (!) – in my mind that equates to a busy life.  But most of us are busy these days, aren’t we?  And there lies the problem when it comes to productivity because being busy is very different to being productive.  So if you want to feel a greater sense of satisfaction at the end of your hard day, there’s an important adjustment you need to make…

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Being busy isn’t a competition and there’s definitely no prize for running around, burning yourself out.  Unfortunately though, may of us wear the ‘Busy Badge’ with pride, and relish in the opportunity to tell others how run off our feet we are.  That’s not so bad if what you’re doing helps you meet your key goals, but if you’re just flaffing around like a headless chicken then it’s time to stop, collaborate and listen….

Busy doesn’t equate to important, so you can fill your day with odds and ends on your to-do list that make you feel as though you’ve achieved a lot, but the harsh reality is that all you’ve probably done is satisfied your own desire to feel useful or needed.

Being productive on the other hand, means you’ve focused your time on tasks that are important, and that ultimately help you achieve your personal or professional goals.

So take a moment now to think about how you spent your time yesterday.  How many tasks did you complete in the day, and how many of those were productive versus busy?

By getting crystal clear on your goals, and then planning your day effectively you can avoid being busy and instead spend your time smartly on the stuff that really counts.

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

To receive your FREE MP3 download of Faye’s popular teleseminar ‘How To Create A Career You Love‘ and weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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One Response to Take Off Your Busy Badge

  1. I had been reading a lot on time management and most of them talk about prioritizing the tasks, which actually makes sense.

    Hence, I started making my own priority list and started to work on it first, on all days. Moreover, I use Replicon for time tracking and Remember the milk for task management, which really helps me manage my time.

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