Productive VS Busy

I can’t stand when people say that they’re “busy”. Like, what does that even mean? You have a job? You're going to school? You’re doing both? Well, we all do that. So why are some people “busier” than others? Are non-busy people just lazy? Or do they just know how to manage their time better?

When I picture the concept of being “busy” I picture someone running around, overstressed, yelling at everyone, and not really doing anything. We’re all busy all the time. We all have jobs, obligations, friends, and family, but there’s a very strong difference between being “busy” and being productive. Being productive means that you’re actually fulfilling your obligations, accomplishing tasks, and working towards your goals. Then, after doing all of that, you’re left with time to tend to your social life and personal wants and needs. Allowing yourself to grow from the tasks in-front of you right now, and incorporate your work into your life, as opposed to waiting to live until you’re off the clock.

Tips for Success

●Everything you do is intentional. It might sound like basic knowledge, but you’d be surprised at how much your life runs you, as opposed to the other way around. Being intentional with your time simply means to be thoughtful of your actions, and have a “why” for everything. You spend time with people because you want to invest in your relationships with them. You eat lunch at a certain time so that you have the energy for the next task. You go to the gym because you want to feel healthier and more confident in yourself. Basically, get into the mindset that every single thing that you do has a purpose. You’re never “wasting time” when it’s penciled into your schedule and it’s adding value to your life.

●Prioritize. Prioritize your tasks by order of importance and when they need to be completed. You do this and you’ll never have a forgotten or late assignment, and you won’t feel so behind on everything. It’s also a good idea to figure out what can be removed from the list altogether. Something that Natalie Ellis (CEO of Boss Babes) said to do, is to write down a list of every single thing that needs to be done in the day. Every. Single. Thing. Then go through, and try to cross off 30% off that list right off the bat. From there, list out what is the most important, and then figure out what you can either delegate or save for another time. This will keep you from feeling like you’re so busy all day, and yet you don’t really get anything important done.

●Stop yourself from getting overwhelmed. Busy people are overwhelmed all the time. When you have a lot to do and it feels like the work just keeps piling and piling up, think of it like a checklist and get to work. When you simply dive into the workload head-on, the tasks get done faster, and your list will inevitably get smaller. Remember that it can’t rain forever, so just do your time in the trenches now so you can reap the rewards later.

●Stop thinking/saying that you’re busy. “Busy” is a blanket of this abstract, unknown, source of stress. Before you think or say that you’re “so busy”, acknowledge what exactly you’re busy with, why it’s a priority, and how and when you’re going to get it done. Then it just becomes another task that you’re checking off your list, as opposed to a source of stress.

●Set timelines. Give every task a set amount of time. An hour for your morning routine, an hour for your workout, three hours for homework, eight hours for your shift at work, etc. Take control of your time and what you do with it. This will keep you from getting too consumed into a single task, and it will add a bit of pressure to keep you from getting distracted by your phone.

●Delegate. You don’t have to be the one that does every single thing every single time. It’s not bad to delegate things to other people to help with the workload, especially if they can be done by anybody. For example, if your roommate is going grocery shopping, ask them if they can pick you up the things that you need. This, of course, goes both ways, so if you find yourself at the grocery store, send them a text and ask what you can pick up for them.

Boss Ladies have a bad habit of thinking they need to do everything all the time, because either they’re worried it’s not going to get done, or it’s not going to be done well. However, practicing delegation is important for your leadership skills. You want to empower others complete tasks, make decisions, and allow them to be leaders themselves. So practice delegation on smaller tasks in your life and allow others to help you.