In todays jobs, ‘always on’ is the norm. Never ending task lists, projects starting before the last one ended, last minute needs, and increasing demands on our time and attention. It’s easy to fall into a trap of endless days of being ‘busy’.
Every day, before you start your work, review your goals. Don’t lose sight sight of WHY you do things. Everything you do should have a clear goal associated with it, and a way to get to that goal. If something isn’t fitting in with those goals, seriously considering dropping it, delegating it, or just say no to it to begin with. Many things we do each day have become rote actions, learned tasks that we do automatically that no longer fill the need they originally started for. Drop them.
Just because you are busy doesn’t mean you are being productive. Your time is precious – spend it wisely, and don’t let ‘busyness’ take you away from your goals.