The productiveness taboo each blogger ought to break

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Updated: February 27, 2020

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Brett Helling

Brett has been launching, expanding, and monetizing websites since 2014. During his studies he got to know digital marketing. After graduation, he built a diverse portfolio of websites while working full time. After years of building the portfolio on the side, he took the plunge to run his websites full time.

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Yesterday my client Carol and I were talking about her crazy busy week. She said she was so busy that she barely had time to eat. (I wish this was my problem – I have no problem having a snack or a meal!)
When I asked her what she had accomplished in her blogging business, she quickly stopped talking. “Completed? For example, you mean to be productive?” Asked Carol.
“Exactly” I answered. “There’s a big difference between busy and productive work.”
So, if I asked you, you would probably tell me your day is busy today. That you really don’t have a lot of time and have a lot on your plate (by the way, that never seems to be finished).
While I doubt if you mean what you say, I wonder if you are busy or productive. Did you know there is a huge difference?

Allow me to explain …

Hectic work looks productive, but it can give you a false sense of productivity. Being busy can include activities that do not generate income or activities that take up time but do not give a return on your time investment.

Here are some examples of busy work:

  • Read the email on this new face mask that obviously has nothing to do with work
  • Surf through Facebook or other social media to “relax”
  • Print out interesting blog posts to “read later”
  • Moving things from one place to another in your office
  • No matter what, allow the children or your spouse to interrupt you

These examples illustrate how we can lose time on an activity that does not produce an important result.
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Even if the tasks feel important and even inevitable, you can do them better. Here are some tips:

  • Filter emails or sort them by subject before opening them.
  • Use an app like the Pomodoro Tomato Timer to restrict and manage social media usage.
  • Only print out material if you know you will read it that day because it is on your to-do list.
  • At the end of the day, clean up your office so you can get started quickly tomorrow.
  • Use voicemail and close the door when your focus is on productive work.

Busy work is often disguised as productive work, but it does not lead to any money making or vital outcome. In contrast, productive work has a direct impact on sales, growth, or whatever goals you set.

Here are some examples of productive work:

  • Create a new blog post
  • Write and send an email with a quote for your tribe
  • Set up a new sales page
  • Develop a new program or service and take steps to introduce it
  • Adding content to a membership page

These activities generate leads or revenue and are very productive.
I find that types of activities should be done early (productivity dips during the day – I don’t even bother starting something new after 4 p.m. – and before not necessarily important, busy work that is important, but brings no income.
Learning the difference between busy work and productive work can be key to changing your productivity and helping you make progress in your business and life every day.
Make sure to focus and get productive tasks done before you get busy.

From Brett Helling

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Brett has been launching, expanding, and monetizing websites since 2014. During his studies he got to know digital marketing. After graduation, he built a diverse portfolio of websites while working full time. After years of building the portfolio on the side, he took the plunge to run his websites full time.

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