Do you struggle with procrastination? Does it haunt you, sabotage your productivity, and leave yourself or others disappointed?
Many people are busy. Just being busy doesn’t mean that you are productive.
Ask someone in your workplace, or ask a small business owner, “What’s up, how’s it going?” They may often reply with, “Busy.”
When you knock on the door jamb of a colleague’s office, you may ask, “Are you busy?” Commonly followed by, “I just have a quick question.”
Likely the most confusing part about busy is that no one is really inquiring about productivity. You can make yourself busy if you want to.
I’m too busy…
to get involved with a Zoom meeting.
to connect for lunch next week.
Busy is a state of being occupied but certainly does not confirm productivity or efficiency.
Everyone has the same amount of time each day. Seconds, minutes, and hours, it’s all the same. How are you spending your time? What will you do in the next five minutes?
Procrastination Ruins Productivity
Procrastination, in-part, may be a state of making yourself busy.
Nearly all professions and all workplaces have choices about what they’ll do next. What are the priorities? Who will do what, and when?
Busy never addresses the question of productivity.
Procrastination is the act of delaying something or putting it off until a later time.
You can learn to be busy. You can learn to look busy. Another different choice is to be productive.
Being productive is a skill you master. It comes with a few hooks though. It means you’re willing to measure the value of the work you are creating each day.
Everyone works from the position of 24 hours in a day.
What will you accomplish, or are you too busy?
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.