Putting in extra hours at work, and rushing around to meet a tight deadline is often seen as a badge of honour, and professionals are often quick to tell others just how hectic their lives are. However Eventit Pty believes this need to change and is adamant that there is a big difference between being busy and being productive.
In fact, Busyness can lead to stress and puts professionals under extreme pressure which creates the wrong mental state for productivity. Feeling rushed can cause a professional to produce low quality work and become less concerned with the task at hand and more focused on the time frame in which they have to do it in.
Putting in extra hours can also cause fatigue which impairs cognitive functions, leading to poor decision making and an inability to act appropriately when faced with an unforeseen challenge. There is great difference between being busy and productive. Some people are great at making themselves look busy while actually getting nothing done.
Here are some crucial differences HR managers should notice between the “busy” and “productive people” at work:
To be truly productive, professionals need to open their eyes to the damaging effects of being busy. The firm is further concerned that much of this ‘busyness’ is caused by a desire to strike up a positive work life balance, and that juggling commitments can cause people to put unnecessary pressure on themselves.
To help people accept that there will be times when one area of life demands more of their attention, and to help them become more productive rather than just busy here is some professional advice:
For business professionals, delegation can be a difficult thing to come to terms with. Everyone has their own preferred way of doing things and handing over control to someone else can cause people to worry that the quality of work will drop.
However, by handing over the tasks they don’t enjoy or feel could benefit from greater expertise can free up more time for professionals to do what they do enjoy. This will ultimately improve the quality of these enjoyable tasks and help a professional rediscover their zest for business.
Every morning professionals should write down all the things swirling round their mind, and cross out anything unimportant or trivial. Then, by prioritising the remaining thoughts and tasks they can begin to create a focused plan for the day and avoid falling into the ‘busyness’ trap.
If a professional doesn’t do this, they are likely to overlook their need for relaxation and burn out. Whatever may be going on personally and professionally this time should be non-negotiable.
Refuse to use the word ‘busy’ can drastically alter how a professional thinks and will encourage them to evaluate the real reasons behind their feelings of stress and identify positive ways forward.
Also read: Working Less? Then You’re More Productive