Mistaking Motion for Progress. Why “Busy” Doesn’t Equal “Better”
Look, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and think you’re making progress when really you’re just spinning your wheels.
The truth is that movement and achievement are not the same thing. Just because you’re moving doesn’t mean you’re getting anywhere.
I see this happen all the time. People fill their days and nights with nonstop activity. They rush from one meeting to the next, one task to another.
They’re constantly on the go but never seem to reach their goals. All that motion creates an illusion of productivity when in reality little is being accomplished.
Motion is not the same as action.
Don’t fall into this trap. Learn to tell the difference between empty movement and real achievement. Movement means you’re busy doing stuff. Achievement means you’re completing that stuff and making tangible progress.
Movement involves starting new projects. Achievement involves finishing them. With movement you’re dabbling in this and that. With achievement, you’re committed to a clear path and doing the difficult but necessary work to reach your objectives.
It’s so easy these days to mistake all the technological bells and whistles for progress. But speeding up communication and information flow does not in itself get results.
You can spend all day emailing, texting, tweeting, posting, and messaging in a frenzy of activity without ever actually achieving anything meaningful. Technology enables movement, not necessarily achievement.
If you find you’re running faster and faster on the hamster wheel but not reaching your goals, it’s time to stop and reassess.
Ask yourself if what you’re doing is truly productive and purposeful. Refocus on your priorities and eliminate unnecessary distractions and busy work.
Trade frenetic movement for focused action.
Protect your time and energy. Invest them wisely in only those tasks that will yield real returns. Structure your days and weeks to translate effort into…