Busy-ness and Productivity

We are all working in an environment where we are expected to do more, with less, more quickly. So, we look to work faster and quicker in what we do. But this has led to a problem.

The problem is this.

Busy-ness = Good

From this the belief has developed that the busier we are the better. This is wrong and leads to two key problems – people feel over-whelmed and over-scheduled. When this happens to you, or your staff, how do you feel? And what are the consequences? Not good!

Being busy does not make you productive. So, what does make you productive?

Here are 3 guidelines to be more productive:

  1. Know the results and outcomes you are looking to achieve – start with the end in mind, and allow this to guide how you spend your time, effort and resources and on what.
  2. Establish clear KPIs – have a few key performance indicators (KPIs) that allow you to measure how well you are progressing (or not). This allows you to track how you have performed to what you have achieved.
  3. Review and revise regularly – look at what you have achieved and determine what you need to do in order to realize the results and outcomes you seek.

Being busy does not make you more productive, it distracts you. Use these three guidelines to help you and your teams become less busy and more productive!

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