For much of my fighting career, I traveled and traveled and traveled. The vast majority of the time, the traveling was justified by the high level of training I was receiving. There were times though, that I wondered if a good workout near my town was equal to or better than a really good workout three hours away. It was a constant battle of deciphering the total value of each experience.
One thing I began to notice through all of this was my view on productivity. I would think to myself, “I’m putting in the time traveling, thus, I’m being as productive as I possibly can.” I equated overall time invested to overall productivity. I was doing something (driving), so that must be better than doing nothing.
This brings us to the idea of busyness vs. productivity. When I hear myself say how I’m too busy or I don’t have enough time for something, I have to remind myself that the most successful people in the world have the most things going on in their lives. Billionaire Richard Branson (Virgin Records/Virgin Airways) has a multitude of businesse responsibilities, Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jeff Bezos (Amazon) all have TONS more responsibilities than I do.
The key here is weeding out the unimportant.
In Tim Ferriss’ book, The 4-Hour Workweek, he states that “lack of time is actually lack of priorities.” I know this to be true 1st-hand.
Identify your priorities, watch the time-wasters disappear, and watch your time miraculously increase. I still falter, but when I’m on point, I get so much more done in so much less time. Sure, I’ve given up some short-term-satisfaction activities (Netflix, Internet surfing), but I spend much more time on the things that matter.
Take an inventory of your time and see how much of it is spent on being busy vs. being productive.
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