Productive? Or Just Busy?

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I’m Type A by nature {shocker, right?}, so I’ve always thought of myself as productive.

But lately I’ve been testing that theory and I’ve realized that I am not always as much on that side of the fence as I fancy.

I read 4 Hour Work Week not long ago {which is definitely an interesting read, although not at all what I expected}. One of the most thought provoking questions in it for me was, “Am I being productive or just busy?” Followed by the question, “Am I inventing things to do to avoid the important?

Yikes. Things that are important for the future often get swallowed up by the minutiae that dominates my list. In fact, because they’re easier and take less thought, recurring to do’s are what I tend to lean toward accomplishing first, so the rest gets left behind.

So, my friends, it’s time for a little test. I’ve made a list of the top 5 bigger-picture things I feel like are most important to get done this week. I’m going to write them out right here and next week I’ll be honest about whether or not they got done.

So, here they are, in no particular order.

  1. Fix the broken e-mail sign up link on my page. 
  2. Finish at least 2 action items from our last meeting with our ELP.
  3. Add 15 minute weight resistance work outs on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  4. Clean the outside windows and screens. {This year will be 3 years in our house and I’ve never done it. They.are.disgusting.}
  5. Experiment with making cards for the upcoming birthdays and weddings on the calendar. {I picked up a card last week and it was $6. SIX DOLLARS! I declare mutiny. I will make my own to spite you, card companies.}

How do you make sure the important things get done?

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