We live in a fast-paced world. Our lives are constantly changing by the urgency of schedules and commitments. Work and life variables are pulling us in every which direction. But it isn’t that these obligations are making us too busy, it’s that we are unnecessarily making ourselves busy. Consider the saying “running around like a chicken with its head cut off.” The bird, spastically moving around without thought or direct purpose, is a picture of many people in modern society. We feel busy but we aren’t being purposeful with our goals.
“Never mistake motion for action.” – Ernest Hemingway
By misunderstanding what action is and replacing it with meaningless motion, you end up working more hours to accomplish the same amount of work, which hinders productivity. If our society doesn’t change tracks, we’ll soon be staying busy to create an illusion of being productive. Instead, be deliberate with your time and energy. The best way to convert meaningless motion into deliberate action is to plan out initial steps. When thoughts are organized and goals are set, productivity becomes much more of a reality.
What are some ways you’ve converted motion into action? Let us know in the comments section below.