Are You the Right Kind of Busy?
You’ve probably had a pretty busy morning so far. Maybe you’ve answered some emails, written your to-do list, and prepared for the day ahead.
But I have a question for you (and please don’t take this the wrong way). Have you actually done anything?
Rather, have you done anything that’s produced results?
James Clear on the Buffer Blog breaks work into two types: motion and action. Action is the work that directly produces results. Motion is everything else. Sometimes motion is necessary to prepare us to take action. But other times, it’s a way of convincing ourselves we’re getting work done, without actually doing the hard stuff.
Clear gives a few examples of the difference in his post:
- If I outline 20 ideas for articles I want to write, that’s motion. If I actually write and publish an article, that’s action.
- If I email 10 new leads for my business and start conversations with them, that’s motion. If I actually ask for the sale and they turn into a customer, that’s action.
He suggests making sure action happens by scheduling it into your weekly workflow or setting a “due date” for when you’re going to move from motion to action on a particular project.
So, your goal for today? Make sure to integrate some “action” work into your daily “motion.” There’s a good chance you’ll feel way more accomplished at the end of the day.
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Erin believes in the power of content to spread ideas, build communities, and engage and delight people—which is why she spends her days helping employers and brands do just that. During her time at The Muse, Erin has also worn the hats of personal website expert, video producer, Shutterstock wrangler, master lunch-packer, and company librarian. Erin is always looking for new places to explore on the weekends, and she almost never says no to tea and a croissant. Invite Erin to tea at eringreenawald.com or on Twitter @erinaceously.