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In The 4-Hour Workweek, author Tim Ferriss mentions a quote to ask yourself at various times during the day to assess the activity you are currently engaged in:
"Am I being productive or just active?"
It is so easy to remain active to avoid the important aspects of our job or business. We check e-mail incessantly. We answer the phone the second it rings. We organize and reorganize our space. We create endless to-do lists.
We need to identify the most important tasks that lead to income generation and overall impact. Then, we need to shorten work time to give ourselves a very tight deadline in which to accomplish these few, important tasks.
If we focus on productivity and effectiveness instead of filling time from 9-5, our value in our workplace or business will increase dramatically.
So, how productive are you being right now?