“I’m too busy.”
This is something we’re all fond of saying isn’t it? Most of the time it’s true.
But sometimes it’s not. We’re all pretty good at confusing activity with accomplishment.
Activity is good. It makes us feel useful, wanted, and productive. It gives others the impression that we’re working at full capacity. It’s a rush that allows us to cross certain things off our list AND, justifies when we don’t get around to crossing something off.
Except that what we often avoid when being busy is tackling that task or project that really means something.
I’m doing that right now. I have two curriculum outlines that I’m really not excited about doing. It’s boring. It’s not sexy. It’s more fun to write a blog post. I can bang it out in about 15 minutes, select a photo from Depositphotos, and launch it. I can then post it on LinkedIn and immediately see who reads it and who likes it. I can queue it up using Aweber so it launches out to you on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday morning. Then I cross the whole thing off my list and call it a morning.
But if I think about it, those boring curriculum outlines represent revenue. Good revenue. It’s what I get paid for and pay is good. I’m putting off the important to do the fun.
Shame on me.
But I know I’m not the only one. I’m sure if you’re reading this now, you’re putting off something important. I’m your excuse. So here’s what we’ll do. When I finish this, I’ll tackle those outlines. Then I can reap the reward in a few months. When you’re done reading this, I want you to get back on track and tackle that task.
Activity is rewarding, but accomplishment has the real value. Let’s all work on doing the most important things so that when today ends, we can celebrate a job well done.