Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Are you being productive today or just active?

Tim Ferriss IIImage by jaygoldman via Flickr

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?
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