“Activity is not necessarily accomplishment,” John Maxwell.
I sat down at my computer to do some writing. Then I realized my coffee mug was empty. I went to the kitchen to make myself another cup. While I was in the kitchen, I loaded some dishes into the dishwasher and wiped down the cabinets.
I headed back to my home office with my fresh mug of coffee and sat down at my computer again. It was time to write.
So, I checked my Facebook. Then I checked Twitter. Then I responded to a few emails.
I must focus!
So, I opened the two documents I needed for the project I was writing on.
Then I spent some time cleaning out my Twitter followers and reading some blog posts.
Finally, I started writing. I wrote for a few really productive hours. And, honestly, I made a good dent in the work I needed to accomplish. But what could I have accomplished if I had focused at the beginning of the day? I’m not sure that I could have written for four or five hours straight without losing focus, but the activities I completed didn’t accomplish anything. That’s why I’m writing this blog post and making quick phone calls when my day should be ending.
I did a lot of things today, but I still have a lot to do before I can call my work day complete. Perhaps this would not be the case if I exchanged just being busy with actually accomplishing things.
Let’s Talk Nerdy!
Are you guilty of doing things to keep yourself busy instead of actually accomplishing things? What are some of your common “activity” pitfalls?