The question you may want to ask is ‘what’s the difference between the two?’
Well, to be honest with you — I don’t know. But you do…
Is the work you’re doing:
- Meaningful to you?
- Based on correct principles?
- Improving you?
- Making a difference for others?
- Achieving your goals?
If you answered ‘yes’ to all 5 questions, then rest assured that you’re being productive. If you answered no to some, then take a good look as to why that is so and make the necessary adjustments. For example: Let’s say you answered no to ‘making a difference for others’. How can you change that? That way you can steer away from self-centered work.
If you answered no to all five questions, then you’re simply being busy. Busy is not necessarily bad in and of itself. Perhaps you’re simply checking emails. Sometimes, it’s ok to pass time with grunt work. However, you want to be aware of the difference and focus more on productivity. This way you won’t be deceived into thinking you’re being productive when you’re actually being busy and neglecting areas of your life that’s important to you.