When we think about what it is that we’re currently working on. Is it activity or productivity? Can we even decern the difference?
Too many folks confuse activity with productivity. Big difference between the two. Busy work is just that busy work. Rarely will that yield any sort of measurable progress.
How can we decern the difference?
- Set measurable goals for the day. Plan out a few key things to get done the night before and focus solely on those tasks until complete.
- Don’t allow outside distractions deter from the task at hand. Turn off the cell phone, email, and shut your office door, be out of pocket for this time.
- Organize the day the night before. Say from 9AM to 9:30AM I will complete this task and so on. Don’t stop until it’s done. When done move on to mission 2.
- Don’t allow yourself to get distracted daydreaming. Focus on the task-at-hand.
Just because you think your busy does not mean you’re getting anything done. The foregoing sets clear benchmarks to achieve daily. This is the best way to assure results.
If you’re a team leader or manager. Set clear tasks in the same manner.
With just a couple of changes to your day, amazing progress can be made to propel you forward. Godspeed!