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The Art of Being Productive


Stop The Glorification of Busy and Be Productive

I’m sure you have had someone tell you that they were busy more times than you can remember.  However, when you ask what was actually accomplished during their busy time, they don’t have much to show for it.  The problem with being busy is that could involve many tasks that do not lead you to being productive.  Anyone can be busy but, there is an art to being productive.

Being productive is defined as achieving or producing a significant amount or result.  In order to be productive, you must identify set your intentions each day, create your individual workflow as well as establish order.  Workflow is defined as the series of activities that are necessary to complete a task.  You can use workflows to implement a process for yourself as well as others if you are delegating work.

Although busy if often confused with being productive, it is important to distinguish the difference in order to not fall victim of the busy mentality that is an obstacle to productivity.  Busy is defined as actively and attentively engaged in work or a pastime.

Implementing the following suggestions can position you to be productive:

1. Wake Up Early.  It may be cliche but, The early bird gets the worm.  When you wake up early, you are giving yourself more time to accomplish tasks in order to be productive.

2.  Set Intentions For Each Day.  Set your intentions for each day, write them down and stick to them.

3.  Stop Procrastinating and Get To It.  Waiting for the right time or opportunity to do anything and is only a waste of time.

4.  Stop Giving/Accepting Excuses.   Giving excuses is the equivalent of doing nothing and accepting excuses is positioning yourself for no return on investment.

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way.  If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn

5.  Know Your Work Style/Strengths.  Some people multitask well well while others need to stick to one task at a time.  Figure out if you can multitask or if you need to stick to a single task.  Not understanding how you work best can get in your own way.  Identify your work style and do what works for you.  (See Work style Quiz:

6. Be Mindful of Your Work Environment.  If you work in clutter, you mind is likely to become cluttered.  Clutter drains your energy.  (See the Feng Shui Tips:

7.  Less Meeting, More Doing.  Don’t get so caught up in talking that you forget to execute.  Any event that takes you away from work is time you cannot get back.

“A meeting is an event where minutes are taken and the hours are lost.”

8. Stop Saying Yes To Every Request.  The desire to be linked influences many to say yes to everything.  Learn to say no and stay true to your visions and intentions.  (See https://

9.  Create a Not-To-Do List.  Although it may sound abnormal, creating Not-To-D0 Lists contributes to productivity.  It also triggers outsourcing and delegation.  If you do not delegate, add that to your to-do list.

“You can do anything but not everything.” – David Allen

10.  Go Off The Radar.  Stop being so accessible by everyone.  When you are easily accessible, it hinders you from focusing on your goals and intentions.  Turn off electronic devices, prevent interruptions, and focus.

There are many more things you can do but these are just a few of the most critical to contribute to boosting your productivity.

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