The Difference Between Being Busy vs. Being Productive

Updated: Apr 28, 2019


Focus on being productive instead of busy - Tim Ferriss

1. Know the difference between urgent and important

  • Don't jump at every assignment you get

  • Not all urgent work is important so ask your supervisor to prioritize the work


2. Cut your daily To-Do List in half

  • Over-scheduling your day means more stress with less quality work done

  • Prioritize your daily to do list starting with the most important work

  • Find your best time of the day: are you a night or a morning person? Based on that, plan your schedule around your productivity spikes


3. Schedule 2-hour working sessions during your day

  • Research shows that productivity drops after about 2 hours of work

  • Schedule intervals of time when you can focus on a specific project with actionable to-do milestones you need to accomplish.

  • You will get more work done if you schedule short breaks to recharge.


4. Multitasking is not always productive

  • Multitasking can make you lose focus

  • Productive people focus on one task at a time


Productivity = Impact, not more work
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