The key to becoming exceptionally productive is knowing what to spend your time on. How often do you find ourselves super busy and overly occupied only to realize you haven’t achieved anything at all. Understanding that productivity isn’t really about time management rather largely about self-management is key. It’s changing your mindset and habits. So how then do you achieve this?
It is better to do 3 things that make a difference than to do 10 that do not contribute at all to your goals. When it comes to making your priorities, it is important that you focus on the long term and not the short term. In the words of Stephen Covey, begin with the end in mind. What is it that you want to achieve in the long-run? Is it building a successful business, putting up a blog or website of your own or increasing your sales? Whatever it is, make sure that you prioritize and make time for it.
Learn to say NO
The difference between being busy and being productive is that being busy involves being good at everything whereas being productive involves being great at a few things. This means that being busy is all about agreeing to every task or assignment that is presented to you. Wanting to bite off more than you can chew. In as much as it is important to offer help and be a good teammate in your place of work, it is also just as important to realize that you cannot help everyone. Being productive is saying no to the things you know will be a distraction and a hindrance to the things you want to achieve. If it does not match your priorities, then it is not worth pursuing.
Purpose vs Perfection
Productive people are driven by purpose whereas busy people are driven by perfectionism. Perfectionism limits you from being productive. A perfectionist will always want to do everything right because they are afraid of failure. This means they will constantly be under a lot of pressure and busy trying to make sure that everything they do is perfect. If they have a project at hand, they will take a lot of unnecessary time preparing just so they can ensure they avert the risk of failure. Purpose-driven people on the other hand simply get it done. To increase your productivity, you need to drop the perfectionism attitude and focus more on purpose.
Focus on one thing at a time
Another factor that sets apart busy people and those who are productive is that productive people choose to focus on a single task instead of multitasking. When you multitask, chances are you will not give the important tasks the attention they deserve meaning the results will not be of the expected standard or quality. Choose to focus on a single task at a time before you can take on another hence productivity. Prioritizing will help you decide which task you should handle first and which one you should next.
Take time to recharge
Being busy often robs us the chance to rest and recharge our energy. To attain productivity, you need to realize that for you to take on the next task, you need time to take a break and relax. People who are good at being busy will view taking a break as being lazy or as wasting time. Resting properly will increase your productivity profoundly. You can do this by taking a nap, going for a walk and even going to bed early after a long day of work. By doing this, you avoid cases of burn out that negatively affect your work performance and consequently increase your ability to be more creative and innovative.