One of the biggest misconceptions in life is believing that busyness means business, and activities mean results. The biggest problem with this notion is most busy people are unable to measure their progress or results.
Measuring busyness is easy, all that you have to say I’m busy. Measuring business is harder because you have to show progress and results.
I noticed in the last 10 years that the word busy is becoming a badge of honor, a default response to every question you ask anyone. It is being used as an ego boost that is disguised as a complaint. I recently challenged a client of mine who is always busy that she is not busy. she is just tired. The moment I told her that she was tired, she stood silently for a few seconds before agreeing with me and said: “I’m ambitious, I have to keep going, I have to do this.” She was conditioned to work hard, but when I sat down with her and ask her few more questions, she knew that she was not busy, she was tired because she is focusing on the wrong priorities.
Let me share with you a few questions that you need to ask yourself to create work worth sharing.
1- Do you lack clarity?
If your to-do list is a mile long, you are not ready to take action. You are content with being busy. Busy gives you a satisfaction and keeps you safe. Busy convinces you that you are doing something and something is better than nothing. If you are that busy, you lack clarity. What if you ask yourself “What are the three things that I need to accomplish today?” That is dangerous because if the three things do not move your life and business forward, you have to admit that you lack focus and clarity.
2- Are you busy?
If you are struggling with taking action, and if you are struggling with showing progress. Commit to doing one meaningful act for 30 days. Replace thinking with doing. Do something. Use your knowledge to start something worth sharing. Amazon was an idea until Jeff Bezos decided to take action. Click Funnel was an idea until Russel Brunson designed his first funnel.
3- Can you handle failure?
Let me clarify, you can not take action unless you are honest with yourself. If you can not handle the truth, stay busy, and do not take action. Taking action requires you to test your ideas, testing ideas leads to failure more than success.
4- Do you know how to say no?
Do you know how to say “No.” Doing work worth sharing requires you to say no to side projects and unnecessary tasks. If you are saying yes to projects that do not help you get the three things done on your list, you are distracting yourself. If you can not say no, learn how to say no strategically. Say “let me think this over” or “John is better equipped to handle this issue”. Always ask for more details, if the project is not critical to your organization or your success, avoid saying yes.
5- Do you allow yourself to get bored?
Unstructured time is free time without a specific plan. Creating routines, setting priorities and scheduling tasks are critical to your success. On the other hand, this structure can lead you to be tired, overwhelmed, and too busy to do work worth sharing. Unstructured time allows you to be you without feeling guilty about doing nothing. Unstructured time can lead to boredom. Getting bored is good for your mind, body, and soul. Being bored recharges your brain and allows your creative juices to flow without direction.
Get bored and go create work worth sharing.
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