Busy work is the thief that steals your productivity without you even knowing it. You get to the end of your day and realize that you haven’t made any real progress on your goals. Maybe you re-organized your desk, filed a paper or two, or some other task that wasn’t urgent. But you haven’t done anything to truly help you build your business.
Types of Busyness
There are 3 types of busyness to look out for that can derail your work and day.
Busyness = Urgent
The important thing to understand about being busy is that it feels urgent. However, busyness never adds value to your business. An example of busyness would be checking your social media accounts every time your phone dings. Doing this makes you feel productive even though you aren’t.
⏰To combat this you may need to turn off all notifications especially during work hours.
In order to say no to busyness, you have to be willing to say ‘no’ to seemingly urgent tasks. For example, if you’re working on a client project and you get a message that it’s time to update your website software, then it’s easy to stop working on the client project and start updating your website. This can get you off track. Before you know it, your day is over and the client project is still waiting for you to pick it back up where you left off and finish it.
⏰To combat this type of distraction note somewhere like your planner or task manager that your software or whatever the interruption was so that you don’t lose the information but can come back at a later time to take care of it.
Busyness = Procrastination
For many people, busyness is a form of procrastination. It might not look like procrastination. In fact, you may tell yourself that before you start on a project, you just need to make a giant to do list and organize your resources.
If you want to say no to busyness, you have to understand that it causes you to make a lot of plans. But it’s the follow through that makes the difference.
⏰To combat this type of busyness do what I have started to do. I plan my week out on Sundays. This helps me to get things done and not be wasting time when I sit down at my desk in the mornings to start work.
Busyness = Overwhelm
Busyness frequently masks overwhelm. Maybe you’re overwhelmed at the thought of learning new app or program or creating a webinar. So you spend most of your time doing less important tasks instead of focusing on what’s going to grow your business. I’m guilty of this one.
If you find that you’re using busy work to avoid overwhelming projects, try to sit down and pick a deadline for just one task. You might say, “By [whatever date you choose], I will hire a virtual assistant that can install this software and teach me how to use it”. Or by such and such date I will record and upload that video to my membership site.
In order to keep busyness from stealing your productivity, you have to understand what it is. And even more importantly, you need to know why you’re doing it, so you can get to and tackle the real root of the problem.
So I hope that you are able to see where you may be letting these 3 areas prevent you from accomplishing your goals and doing the important things in your business.