Being Busy

Being Busy v Being Productive

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

This is blog part 2 of the roundtable discussion at the Forsyth Technical Community College Small Business Center on Being Busy v. Being Productive.

Some Rules for Yourself

Just like in this world we have rules to follow in order to keep things in an orderly fashion we should set rules for ourselves to keep our life in an orderly fashion. We all know what happens in life when you break the rules there could be dire consequences. The same could hold true to your business productivity and your success. So keep yourself in check, set some rules for yourself.

Focus on Your Core Business

You heard the saying “jack of all trades master of none”. If you are busy trying to do everything under the sun, how productive can you really be? You are in fact spreading yourself to thin. You may be busy but certainly not productive. Focus on one or two areas that you are great at. Master those areas and you will find that you will in turn garner more productivity from those efforts then from the efforts of trying to focus on too much.

Set Reminders to Keep You on Track

Write down things you want to accomplish. Put them on a calendar, use an app, plaster them on a billboard (you get the point), do whatever you think you need to do to accomplish your goals/tasks.   This will not only help you stay on track but assist you in meeting your goals.

Watch Your Commitments

It’s okay to commit to this cause, or that organization or that board but just don’t spread yourself to thin that you don’t actually get any work done.   Decide which one or two, maybe three organizations, board or committees align with your business and your values and focus on them.   Trying to be everywhere and everything to everybody is only going to keep you busy and not productive. Productivity is what really increases your bottom line not busyness.

Know When Your are Most Productive

Some us are morning people and some us are not. Some people function better in the afternoon or late evening. Find our when you are most productive and go all in during that time.   Only you know you better that yourself so if giving it all you got during some times of the day will help you to be more productive, then go for it.

Celebrate Your Accomplishments

Who remembers when they were younger and they passed their spelling test and couldn’t wait to get that great big star put on their paper. That was an accomplishment that so many of worked toward. Well why not celebrate your accomplishments now and today. Perhaps you met a deadline or you reached a goal that you set for yourself whatever the case, if you reach your goal celebrate, celebrate and give yourself a star.

Be Consistent

Habits are formed primarily by being consistent. If set up a schedule or routine to reach your goals and you work at it every day it will start to become a habit because of your consistency.   Be consistent and watch your productivity rise to new heights.

Be True to Your Passion

If you like baking cakes more than baking pies then bake more cakes. If you are truly passionate about your goals or dreams you will work hard at trying to achieve them. If you are just going through the motions because you really don’t feel passionate about something you will find more time to be busy and less time to be productive. Let your passion drive you to reaching your goals and dreams.

Take a Mental Health Day

Sometimes we all get a little overwhelmed with trying to be everything to everybody including ourselves. This could cause your productivity level to diminish. Just like a car can’t go anywhere if it doesn’t have any gas, you can’t go anywhere is your drive has been diminished. Take a mental health day to refuel yourself, refresh your mind and most of all to enjoy yourself. You worked for it so why not enjoy the fruits of your efforts.

So which of these points do you use or could use be more productive rather than busy?  Do share.

Jacqueline Morgan is an advocate for business success. As a business leader I strongly believe in tapping into the power of your potential. As President of J Morgan Designs and Consulting, she can help your business to strive in both the real world and online. Find out more about her at


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