A day in the life of a busy professional can offer many obstacles when it comes to achieving success. One of those stumbling blocks can simply be being too busy during the working day to complete any long-term projects that may be on the back burner.
While many of us find that we have ticked off a lot of our boxes after the working day, there is still always that one nagging task that still remains incomplete while falling into the pit of procrastination. However, there are ways in which you can navigate the blockade of busyness and be more constructive with your time.
Public Speaker Brigid Schulte writing for BBC Worklife says that having ‘too much on your plate means that nothing gets done’ with the act of busyness often leading to bad decisions. According to Schulte, shifting our mindset to value time will increase the chances of making wiser decisions with the limited time that we have during the working day.
Easing out of emails
As humans we naturally enjoy being busy and engrossed in a project, however, we are also seemingly prone to being distracted and can actually enjoy the disturbance of daily life, whether that be an email popping up or a phone call that needs to be answered. It’s these incidents of interference that can have a detrimental effect on our time and what we get done during the working day. Behavioural scientist and researcher Antonia Violante suggests that setting up a schedule for work pop ups such as emails and dedicating a time of day in which to check newer emails and responding to them can help with daily distractions.
Using scheduling as a means to position pop ups into your work routine will allow you to focus on dedicated tasks, as opposed to being side-tracked with emails and other barricades that can interfere with the working day.
Being busy does not mean being proactive
Ultimately, understanding that busyness does not equal productivity is vital in managing your time and workload effectively. Schulte also goes into great detail, covering the concept of “tunnelling” and how feeling stressed and pressed for time can narrow our mental bandwidth, resulting in feeling like we are in a narrow tunnel and suffocated for time.
How busyness leads to bad decisions by Brigid Schulte can be read on BBC Worklife.
What Get Licensed Says
We are all busy and time is literally of the essence when it comes to the day to day tasks of the workplace, and whether you are in an office or on a shop floor, we all have a certain amount of time in the day to complete our assigned tasks. Scheduling tasks and assigning them the appropriate amount of tine to work on is a sure-fire way to garner more time to complete those lingering tasks that need a little bit more of your time to work on.
Remember, be busy in protectiveness, and not busy just for the sake of being busy