Busy Versus Productive: Setting Priorities

Let me tell you a story about a mother who spends her days doing things that she really wanted. Although the chores looks like it is a routine, she is able to do things in a purposeful manner that she can make time to finish important tasks that at the end of the day, she feels a sense of accomplishment. Here comes a worker who seemingly walks in confidence going to work. Busy people stay at the office doing some random stuff, making sure that everything is done according to the boss. Her life is quite busy that all she can do is go home and hit the sack.

Have you ever wondered about the difference between a busy person and a productive person?  This is the very reason why I am writing about it in this post. Busy versus productive, which side of the coin are you? You would not know unless you know the difference.

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Busy Versus Productive: the Difference

  • There is a whole difference between talking about change and acting on the change.  When you are a busy person, you will muse about taking steps to change, but you will soon reason out that you don’t have any time for it.  Productive people will choose decide to change.
  • Multitasking versus focus. This is one of the difference between busy versus productive. While our trend is geared towards multitasking, it has a downside in terms of output. Productivity means you are able to finish a task in an excellent manner at a given time and shift to another one after.
  • I got little time versus making time. If you are one of the few people who complain that you don’t have time to do all the work you have, then you are considered busy. However, being productive means you are willing to take time to make things happen.  Busy people will often have an excuse to put off change.
  • Status quo versus priorities. If you are a person who tends to stay with the status quo, your visions are short term. Productive people know how to set the most important priority and keep this as a sense of accomplishment.

Busyness and Effectiveness

The difference in busy and productive is that when you are a busy person, you want others to be like you so you tend to measure output in terms of the hours poured on a task. Productive people create an environment where work is fun and relaxing because the sense of urgency is taken out of the picture. The busy manager is tense, frustrated and is always on a rush, while the productive manager is at ease with the pace. If you ask me about the cure for being able to be productive without the hassle of being busy, then I suggest that you check your vision and priorities in life. This in essence will give you a greater sense of purpose compared with going through your day with a busy schedule without knowing what the activities are for. Purposeful living is about being productive and knowing how to go about your task in a more efficient and effective way.

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1 Response

  1. Andy says:

    An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers