Spinning Your Wheels

spin_classEver hear someone say they’re “busy.”  Whether it’s a coworker or friend, every time I hear the word busy, it usually comes out like this:

I’m so busy, I don’t have time to think.

or this:

I just don’t know what I’m going to do.  I’m just too busy.

Not to sound cynical, but if busy people would spend less time complaining and worrying about getting things done, they could actually be productive and…get things done.  Instead they have a mindset that keeps them spinning their wheels in mud.

That’s why there is a big difference between busy people and productive people.  Both types of people have the same amount of time in the day, but what’s the difference?  Here are few examples.

Busy People

Productive People

Busy People tend to complain they have no time to get things done

Productive People tend to get things done with little to no complaining

Busy People look to other people for sympathy and compassion

Productive People look to other people for help and advice

Busy People only see the negative in the projects they are working on

Productive People see the positive in the projects they are working on

Busy People never get finished

Productive People set milestones until the project is completed

When it comes down to it, there are two major factors between busy and productive people: Planning and Mindset

Planning

game-planBy nature, I’m not a details oriented person; however I don’t use that as an excuse.  In order to plan, I create a strong outline that is flexible, just in case I left a detail out of the plan.  This allows me to stay on track and if I ever drift too far away, I have can always go back to the plan.

In order to get things done efficiently, a game plan must be established.  Whatever works for you as far as planning, do it:

  • Write down a set of goals
  • Create a timeline
  • Outline a to-do list

If you’re not use to creating a plan, then the first step will be the hardest.  Just remember, the sooner you begin organizing and planning, the sooner you move away from being busy and begin the path to productivity.

Mindset

Success-MindsetBeing able to plan is a mindset.  Some people naturally fall into a planning mindset; while others find it difficult to plan.

For those who aren’t natural-born planners, setting a planning mindset can be difficult.  Here are some steps to get into the new mindset.

  1. Get past the first hurdle: After you pass the first task you planned out, review it.  What did you do right?  Where can you improve in planning? You may find that you over analyzed your plan or didn’t plan well enough.
  2. Keep planning: Remember practice makes perfect.  Each time you plan something out, the more you will improve.
  3. Don’t get discouraged: If you find yourself discouraged, think about the alternative; going back to no plan.  If you still find yourself discouraged, find someone who can help you plan.  Don’t seek sympathy, seek out support.

By retraining your brain, you will create a better environment around you and eventually the concept of planning will come second nature.

Moving from a busy believe system to a productive lifestyle isn’t easy, but it is rewarding.  It allows you to see things more clearly, which removes unnecessary stress in your life.  By removing unnecessary stress, you become a little happier in life, which makes you appreciate life a little more.

So, what steps do you take to plan out your day?  Are you a natural planner or do you have to work at it?

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About Jeremy M. Price
For twelve years, I had the pleasure of working in community banking. Starting in customer service, I worked my way up to a senior level marketing and human resources director. It was great leading teams that improved strategic initiatives including, but not limited to brand awareness, digital communication, employee development and product development. This experience has now led to an exciting role with CRS Data. As the Product Marketing Analyst, I am currently reviewing the company's banker suite product. This product is able to help community banks reach their fullest potential in real estate lending. I am extremely fortunate to share time with my son while enjoying life in East Tennessee. The two of us enjoy the views of the Smokey Mountains, eating good food and having fun. During my free time, I enjoy running races, traveling and listening to great live music.

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