Busyness or Effectiveness

Do you feel you are always busy? Running errands or trying to get things done around the house? You are not alone, most of us feel this way. We thought that with age, the children gone, retirement and more time on your hands, we would dedicate ourselves to things we enjoy. We have discovered that busyness and efficiency are definitely not the same. Go to the dictionary and see for yourself!!!

Busyness is the state or condition of having a great deal to do. Effectiveness is the degree to which something is successful in producing a desired result. As you can see……we are talking apples and oranges. I, for one, want to be able to keep my house in order, have time for myself, get the time to go and see friends, read a book, walk with my husband, travel. How to accomplish all this? Seems like I am wishing for a lot. Well, not really!!!

First things, first…we must understand that being busy means filling your time with tasks. We say we are multitasking. I have news for you; all you are doing is working without a plan. We must focus on a single task to do it right and succeed.

Busy people fill their time with different tasks when what they should do is figure out how to spend less time getting things done. They think doing and accomplishing is the same thing. Unfortunately it is not. To succeed we must choose the most direct path to accomplish by doing less. Sounds confusing, but it is not…try it!!!

Focusing on action is not the same as focusing on clarity, we must be clear about what are we looking to accomplish. Be selective how you use your time and your resources…not easy but it is important to follow.

Set your priorities and do not get lost in details. Always try to see the big picture and focus in attaining the results you want. Keep track of your goals, revise them and do the important things first.

Once you realize that working smart is better than working hard, you will be effective….not only busy!!!

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