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Procrastination Is Something You Own

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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…

for exercise.

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.

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Too Busy

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When you need that catch all phrase to stop the onslaught of additional work you often say, “I’m too busy.”

Business colleagues having a discussion

Too busy can become the main excuse, it seems to work because look at everything I have to do, look at the piles on my desk, and look, over there is the work I completely yesterday. If you want me to work on all of this other stuff that is urgent you can’t possibly dump more work on me.

Too busy is also the excuse for not interrupting, no phone calls please, or a signal that the work immediately in front of you is the only work that matters. Too busy is sometimes at its worst in peer-to-peer communication where it might mean, I’m going to watch you sink as I swim. In nearly all environments too busy replaces the to-do list, the project database, and the help ticket.

Too busy might be better expressed with some questions.

  • What is the priority?
  • How soon do you need this?
  • Does this lead to more revenue, profit, or our goal?

I’ve often wondered what happens when you’re too busy and all of this work goes to the next person on staff, is outsourced, or your customers find another place or person who can serve them better? The only thing worse than your telephone ringing, your email count growing, or getting too many interruptions is to have none at all.

Can you afford to be too busy?


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and coach that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is the author of the newly released book, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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