People usually mistake being busy with being productive. I personally thought people who looked busy were probably the most productive ones. However, I have a different view on this now, being busy doesn't necessarily mean one is being productive.
I realize, that productivity has absolutely nothing to do with how much you do, it has everything to do with how much you accomplish. I had this one long month, a really busy one, where I had to lengthen my working hours, compromise family and fun times, sacrifice my sleep, let go of things of my interest and much more. At the end of the month, I realize I actually couldn't accomplish anything, I couldn't meet the deadlines, I couldn't meet people I had to, I had not held discussions, I hadn't prepared a good report. My busy month turned out to be quite unproductive, even for my personal development and my personal relations.
Well, I am not the most important person in my office yet I always have plenty of works to do and July was just extra ordinary. I couldn't finish my works in office, I brought them home, I did them in the weekends, I attended discussions on Sunday. I forgot to call my parents, when they did I had lesser things to talk to them about, I didn't attend gatherings, my friends thought I was ignoring them, they gave me names like President Obama’s PA, honey bee, etc etc. I hardly had time for my resolutions, I couldn't read, where did I have the time? I didn't do my prayers and meditation because I woke up late after a tiring day, I couldn't buy chocolates for the kids in the neighborhood because by the time I reached home it would be their bed time, I couldn't write any articles for my blog, I couldn't visit a parlor(Oh No, i looked ugly :P), I couldn't learn anything new the entire month.
When I actually realized I was being unproductive despite being so busy, I went to see my boss. I told him that I think I’m being overburdened with work and even after sacrificing my weekends and other leisure times, I cannot complete them. I had a feeling the he would be disappointed and would label me as uncommitted but surprisingly, when I explained him the entire thing, he instantly agreed to it.
lessons I learnt:
|Exactly me in July :P Photo Credit ~ Google|
- You should never take more than you can handle: I should have informed my boss that I already have too much work on my table and I can’t take any other additional works.
- When you are busy, you tend to procrastinate more, work less efficiently ultimately leading to lesser work done than usual.
- You should never be too busy in the expense of seconding your family and friends.
- Health is very important.
- Resolutions aren't just for noting down.