Busyness does not equal productivity. People like to say those words ‘I’m so busy’, they enjoy saying those words but they fail to understand that activities do not necessarily mean you are productive, some just like the feeling of ‘busyness’ and being overwhelmed, some love it when called ‘workaholic’, and they equate that with being productive but it may interest you to know that, ‘busyness’ is not always ‘business’, so here are some questions to ask to stop being busy and get productive.

It’s a great idea to do this as an exercise, write down in a notebook or your mobile device, somewhere you can refer to again and again.

What do you want? This is a powerful question, many people don’t even know what they want, this is a great place to begin. If you don’t know what you want to do, you will be busy doing everything and nothing, get it? So start by writing down what you want, it could be a long-term plan, a short-term plan or just a plan of what you want to achieve today.

Why do you want it? ‘Why’ is a powerful motivation to do anything, if you can find your why, then you have a powerful tool in your belt. So write down why you want what you want.

What happens if you do or don’t? Write down the best-case scenarios and worst case scenarios. Every action has its consequences, as stated earlier, not all actions are productive, some are just activities. Do your actions take you towards your goal or away from them?