A couple of weeks ago, I got into a long discussion with someone I know through a social media platform over the word ‘busy.’ It has been my contention for the last 20 plus year that ‘busy’ has no place when it comes to business. My position is in business if you are ‘busy’ you are not being ‘productive.’
The other party insisted on staying steadfast on the dictionary definition. ‘Having a great deal to do as an adjective. As a verb; keep occupied.’
When I asked them: “Have you ever been ‘busy’ for a full day and yet find you accomplished absolutely nothing that day?” Have you? I know I have and it’s because I am human and far from perfect that allows me to admit I have fallen down from time to time. However, when it comes to my business, at least for the last 20 plus year I can honestly say I have never been ‘busy’, however, I have been wildly productive. They did not answer the question.
There are three ‘P’ words used in business which at first glance may be unrelated until you really sit back and think. Those words are productive, procrastination and perfection.
The one that will do the most harm to your business would be, you would think procrastination but it is perfection. Take a minute or two to let it sink in. All three words are intertwined with each other. You may be asking yourself: “How so?”
I will use the process of producing this blog as an example of how the three ‘Ps’ are related to each other and how you may be doing some irreparable damage to your business by not recognizing the intertwining relationship.
One of the major complaints that I get from clients is: “There is just not enough time in a day to do everything that I have to do.” Which causes me to ask: “Why?” “I’m too busy to get what needs to be done.” Is the usual reply. For those that have followed my blog, you will in all likelihood know my answer: “You do realize that ‘busy’ is just another word for unproductive.”