I suggest that you take 5 minutes three times a day (mid-morning, mid-day, and mid-afternoon) to ask yourself one question; "Is what I am doing now, and what I have done in the last 2 hours, being 'busy' or being 'productive?' If the tasks you are doing are classified as busy adjust your day so you can be productive.
Here is a guide to help in your reflection.
- Being productive does not mean working 24/7. It means working effectively within the shortest amount of time.
- Being busy feels urgent. Being productive feels effective.
- Being busy is frantic and multitasking. Being productive is focused.
- Being busy is working harder. Being productive is working smarter.
- Being busy is fueled by perfectionism. Being productive is fueled by purpose.
- Being busy says yes quickly and takes on more than can handle. Being productive thinks carefully before taking on more tasks.
- Being busy talks about the little time they have. Being productive makes time for what is important.
My Two Cents:
Pay attention to #5...purpose versus perfectionism. Oftentimes people substitute the pursuit of perfectionism as our purpose in life. I think that is being intellectually dishonest with yourself. Perfectionism implies the process of doing something while purpose implies the destination or the "why" of your actions. Leaders with a clear destination are simply more productive than busy.
I would love to talk to you about your purpose...email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can have a chat!