How to be more productive

Have you wondered, how to be more productive versus busy? An article, by Jennifer Cohen on the Forbes website say, “There is a huge difference between being busy and being productive. You can be busy all day and still feel like you’re behind on accomplishing your goals.” Theoretically that sounded good, but I started thinking about my life as a professional organizer, who works out of my home.  There are days that I felt busy; not really accomplishing much.

I started wonder, that even though I felt busy, how can I be more productive. At the end of the day I thought that I was not productive because I did not get my office work done. There was a quote from Thomas Edison, “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.”

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That felt awesome for me, knowing that the days of cleaning my refrigerator, organizing a cabinet, doing laundry, or rearranging my spaces was productive. The next thought was, “Anything that I do to help me work or take care of my home is productive”.  My newest productivity goal is making my bed! Yay! me

I am not fully sure what busy actually means then? To me busy would just be mindlessly doing things without a purpose, focus, or intention. Imagine feeling confident because taking care of errands, grocery shopping, going to the bank, meeting people for coffee, cooking, and doing laundry is productive. You know longer have to ask yourself, “How to be more productive?”

Saying, “I am busy” still sounds fun to me versus saying, “Oh, I am doing nothing”.  If at the end of the day you can check things off of your list or take a nap, then you can feel productive and well rested.

If you’d like tips or assistance on how to manage your time, contact me.

Lisa Giesler, Speaker, Consultant, Professional Organizer, Author of Uncluttered: discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life & My Life is a Mess: Organizing 101

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