Thursday, January 23, 2014

Being Busy Is Not Good for Business

"It's not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?" 
Henry David Thoreau

Being busy is not good for business. Being busy doesn't mean we're productive, efficient, or effective. 

Busy-ness often means we are focusing on lesser important tasks rather than our most important
goals. Usually when I am "busy," I dashing from one thing to another often without finishing anything! I'm not focused on my priorities. I'm not accomplishing anything. Instead, I'm frustrated, frazzled, and exhausted by the end of the day.

Productivity measures what it takes to get a job done. We can improve productivity by doing more with fewer resources or less effort.

Efficiency measures how quickly and accurately we accomplish something. We can be come more efficient by working faster while maintaining or improving quality.

Effectiveness is the result of productivity and efficiency. We are effective when we do the right tasks and reach our goals.

What are the benefits of becoming more effective?

Why is it important for you to become more effective?

What obstacles prevent you from becoming more effective?

Stop being busy and start being effective! See my blog post Plan to Succeed for more tools.

I help organizations and entrepreneurs achieve bottom-line results by improving time management and organization skills. Contact me for information about my productivity improvement onsite workshops for organizations and visit my website for a free e-book 10 Tips for Getting Things Done Better, Faster, Easier.

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