In the busy-ness of life, it is easy to get distracted. As a result, we find ourselves doing things that have very little to do with what we set out to accomplish.
And, when we don’t get it done, we say,
“I wish there were a few more hours in the day.”
“I have too many things on my plate right now.”
“If the world would just leave me alone.”
Ironically, there are few people more “busy” than those who fail to accomplish their objectives.
A very talented employee at one of my favorite nonprofit organizations was tasked with raising $500,000 for the organization. To accomplish this objective, he would need to make at least one in-person solicitation to a donor each week. In addition to his fundraising skills, he was a gifted writer and graphic artist. When he was in the office, his coworkers would often ask for his help on projects. As the demands at the office grew, it became harder and harder for him to break away to make the fundraising solicitations. He enjoyed being needed and being busy; however, at the end of the year, he failed to reach his objective which nearly cost him his job.
Was busy-ness the result he was hired to accomplish?
I also know a very successful performer. Her objective was to reach 1,000,000 YouTube subscribers. To accomplish her objective, she would need to produce and post a new music video every other week for a year. She dedicated four hours a day and one late night per week to write, practice, sew costumes, produce, and edit her videos. During the other hours of the day, she attended school and enjoyed time with her friends; however, she would not allow anything to distract her from her quest. Her focus on accomplishing paid off. Four years later, she has exceeded 1 billion YouTube subscribers and has successfully completed three-world tours.
When we are busy, we might ask ourselves, are we busy doing or busy accomplishing? Stay busy doing and we will accomplish little. The key to accomplishing is staying focused on the right things—in other words, the tasks that are required to accomplish the objective.
Use the Tracart app to stay focused on accomplishing.