A Black man at his desk struggling to be productive (engaging in busyness without productivity) late at night

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Busyness Without Productivity Is a Waste of Time

It’s easy to be busy. When balancing responsibilities at work, school, or the homestead, busyness may be an understandable norm. And in a world where there’s always something you can be doing, be it to fulfill a commitment or to satisfy a personal desire, busyness can be the standard for every day off too. But that doesn’t mean it should be.

While being busy can be a byproduct of how you balance responsibilities, busyness itself shouldn’t be prioritized. Because while you can be busy because you’re being productive, busyness doesn’t always equate to time well spent.

Make sure you prioritize productivity over busyness

Time is always ticking. It never pauses, even for a second. What matters is how you spend it. Because if you don’t spend your time well, you’re likely wasting it. So, it’s more important to do things worth doing than to spend all your time doing just anything.

That’s why prioritizing productivity over busyness is so vital. To be busy is to always be doing something, regardless of whether that something is worth doing. To be productive is to purposefully dedicate time to doing things worth doing, be it finishing homework for class or bonding with a friend over a game of cards. And while you can be busy because you’re always being productive, you can also be busy without being productive at all. Being busy and being productive are two different things.

How you prioritize productivity over busyness may vary by situation. When studying for a math final, for instance, it may look like stopping a late-night study session the first time your eyes roll over and picking it up the next morning instead of trying to force yourself into an all-nighter. But however you go about it, pursuing productivity over busyness can help you make the most of your time.

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