Doing things right makes you efficient.
Doing the right thing makes you effective.
When you fail at both, you end up being busy.
We like to complain about our "busy lives", yet we celebrate burning the candles at both ends. We mistake busyness for importance.
On a deeper level, many of us (myself included) fear slowing down to reflect on what matters most. It's the only productivity hack you need. It sounds counterintuitive, but let me explain.
Doing the right thing is hard, because it requires a different level of perspective. It forces us to choose our priorities and prevent problems before they happen. In short, we become more proactive.
Want to increase your productivity? Slow down and expand your time frame. Look at the next week. Then the following month, quarter, and year.
Ask yourself: What matters most to me?
Take a moment to reflect on your commitments. Choose your projects, activities, and relationships with care. Future You will thank you for it.
Next week, I’ll share some of my favourite techniques and tools for gaining momentum. They’re very simple and may surprise you.
Have a great week!
More on productivity:
- Too busy? Read this.
- Work smarter, not harder
- How to beat procrastination
- 3 ways to schedule deep work
- How to get the most important things done