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Hey friends! 

I've been extremely busy the last couple of weeks, which got me thinking. Is doing more always better?

We all know that being busy isn’t the same as being productive. Whilst most self-help books and experts advocate against being busy and more towards being actually productive, what I’ve found is that they still largely promote having a full (but more productive) schedule.

This is where the problem lies for me. I think we are misled into thinking being productive is the best thing we can do for our futures and careers. We are misled into thinking we must always strive to be more productive.

But what I've found is that being productive only frees up time that we then fill with more productive activity. The cycle repeats. Soon, we begin taking on more and more as our bar for what we consider "sufficient productive output" rises.

For me, this isn’t healthy. Nor is this maintainable long-term. Being productive shouldn't be about checking off as many tasks as possible every single day. Instead, I've come to the conclusion that productivity means:
 
Doing necessary tasks in a timely fashion without sacrificing your physical/mental health.

If I've completed all my necessary tasks for the day and there are no further time-urgent tasks, I'll call it a day. But that’s the hardest part — being able to call it a day without feeling the need to be more productive.

So this week I'd encourage you to take a look at how you're spending your time and ask yourself: is my schedule healthy or am I working for the sake of 'productivity'?

Have an awesome week!

Gareth

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