Busy Being Busy

We all know people who spend half their time telling others how overwhelmed they are, funny thing though, you sometimes need a microscope to find what they actually accomplished. But they seem so busy, so committed, that management sometimes finds it hard to say anything. But they keep on being busy, busy, busy.

Then there are those who are quietly and happily productive—and end up with the lion’s share of the outcome riding on their shoulders.

The perception of hard work should never be a cover up for ineffective work. No matter where you are in the company, it isn’t kind to the whole team to let someone ride along on that perception without making a real contribution.

A feeling of being overwhelmed isn’t something to be proud of—it’s a problem in need of a solution. Be that solution. Next time someone whines to you about how busy they are, make suggestions for using their time more efficiently. If you are that person, realize that you could shave hours off your work, and do the same work, and be happier at the end of the process.

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