Busy Isn’t Productivity Drop Useless Tasks – Day 195 of 365 Days to a Better You

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” The great business guru Peter Drucker penned those words and he’s pegged many of us well.

If you really went through your day with a fine-tooth comb, how much of what you do is not really contributing to reaching your big goals – work goals, relationship goals, life goals?

Henry David Thoreau supported this idea that being busy and getting real things done are not one and the same. “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?”

Organizing your emails, your sock drawer, or conducting meetings where everyone leaves with no more of a clue what their action items are is not productive. The email organization may be beautiful when completed. Your sock drawer may save you 15 seconds every morning. You may do killer facilitation of that meaningless meeting. What they all share in common is they haven’t really moved the ball forward for you.

Power hack: Audit your day today. Find those time-wasters and that busy work and remove it from your day, the rest of your week, and your whole calendar. You can achieve greatness with disastrous email filing system, a messy sock drawer, or one less mind-numbing meeting. You can’t be great by not using that time to do things that really move you forward.

Warning! Some of those time-sucks are like comfort food. You feel better with an organized email. You feel like you’re getting stuff done because you’re having meetings.

Measure your outcomes not your activities. Did you achieve milestones that move your closer toward your goals or not? That’s the only measure at the end of the day.

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Be An Allower – Day 192 of 365 Days to a Better You

Abraham Maslow said back in 1966, “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”

Some of the stock language in personal development and often on this blog is set goals, measure results, push, hustle, and dream bigger. These words of determination and encouragement and the “Type A” actions they inspire are certainly one way to the goal. However, as Maslow eloquently points out, having only one tool and one way of doing thing soon becomes problematic.

There’s another methodology that can also get you to your goals. It’s slower and more patient, but can be equally effective. Ironically, it’s the polar opposite the one above.

I was recently listening to an Abraham Hicks video on YouTube. He had come up with a name for this alternate approach – Allower.

While the driver approach is embodied by two hands on the boats wheel and full speed ahead, the Allower has hands off the wheel allowing the river to steer and moving at the pace of the flow. This approach means giving up the control and letting the current push you where it will, as you make the most of the opportunities that come your way.

The speed boat may get down the river faster than the leaf, but they both get down the river. You may find the Allower approach less stressful and a better fit for your personality. If not, you can still add it to your toolbox, allowing you to put down the hammer once in a while and still succeed.

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