Why do we need to be productive? Why are we even asking this question?
Well, of course, need to be productive. We all have goals. Our goals are the main reason why we need to be productive.
Without our goals, then why would we even bother getting a job? All the things we do are tied up with our goals.
So, even if you have big or small goals, it is still considered a goal. A goal to wake up at 6 in the morning is a goal. A goal to eat cereal in the morning is a goal. There is no denying it.
What do we have to do in order to achieve our goal? In order to achieve our goals, we have to do it, but it is not as simple as that. I know loads of people who are living busy lives, but I can’t really say that they are successful in achieving their goals. You see, there is a big difference between being busy and being productive.
What is Being Busy?
Being busy means doing random things over and over again, but failing to meet a goal. Do you get what I mean? What I mean is this: I can keep on writing reports all day, but that doesn’t mean I’m busy.
If I keep on working on three reports in a day, doing the three reports alternately, then by the end of my shift, my productivity would be zero because I haven’t finished a single one of them. It was true that I was busy for the entire day, but that didn’t make me productive.
What is Productivity?
Being productive means that you are in full control of your tasks. It means that you don’t have to always keep your hands full, but by the end of the day, my tasks were done.
Well, it sounds a bit impossible, but that is how everything sounds like if you don’t know how to do it. It is not even about knowing how to do it. Rather, it is about knowing how to do it in the right way. Let me show you the right way of being productive.
1. Do Not Multitask
Lots of people get this wrong. Just because you are doing multiple things at a time doesn’t mean that you are being productive.
This is exactly my point earlier. You are doing three reports at one time, but at the end of your shift, you barely got to finish a single one of them.
You see when you just keep on doing things without making progress, and then you are wasting time. That is something we are avoiding.
2. Write Just Three Tasks Per Day
Here is really good advice: instead of bombarding yourself with all the tasks you know you’ll never finish, why don’t you just commit to finishing tasks that are within your capabilities?
You are not a robot. You are a human being, and even robots have weaknesses. With that, you shouldn’t try to overdo it. Just do the things that you can commit to, and once you write down your tasks, be absolutely sure to commit to it.