Busy Doesn’t Mean Productive

"How’s life?"
"Great, I’m just super busy."

We’ve all been there, calendars chock-full with assignments, meetings, happy hours, and weekend getaways. We’re busy, and we low-key love it because successful people are “busy.” And, if I’m busy, I too must be on the path towards success.


Alright, alright, we get it. You’re super, duper busy. But, stop wearing your calendar like a badge of honor and take a second to assess: are you truly fulfilled in your saturated schedule? Is your to-do list slanted towards your greater purpose and calling, or someone else’s bottom line?


There’s no point in working hard and only having mindless, busy work to show for it. Your time is valuable. Stop consuming it for the sake of remaining active and dedicate some time to building your personal empire. Honestly, you shouldn’t be “too busy” to focus on you.


The truth is “busy” is a fictional concept manifested by your egotistical mind. Easily proven because when ish actually hits the fan, you’re able to change your schedule. Calendar events once thought to be cemented in stone are now malleable and easy to work around. Your schedule may be full, but trust me, it can be edited.


So, I challenge you to stop being busy and start being productive. Take the time to actively ensure that your daily tasks and events align and resonate with your ultimate dreams.


Below are 3 steps to help you act towards living a more productive, purpose-filled life.


1.     Take an inventory of your time. What do you spend the most time doing? Are your social media and Netflix binges truly necessary? Identify where you can eliminate time suckers and input production

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2.     Review your to-do list. Is your list bringing you one step closer to your dreams? Or, are you rapidly turning your wheels in non-fulfillment? Identify where you lie on the busy-productive spectrum.

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3.     Decide to be purposefully productive. Give time to things that bring you happiness, joy, and take you one step closer to achieving your dream. The goal is to fill your schedule with these transformational works.


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Remember, busy does not necessarily mean productive. You should manage your time towards purpose-filled actions and events to achieve your ultimate dreams. Be purposeful. You deserve the fruits of your labor.  


We would love to hear from you! Please comment below with any additional tips for balancing the pursuit of your dreams and a busy schedule.


Maseray S. Kamara is a 4th year medical student, AMA Journal of Ethics’ Issue Editor, and In-training Magazine and KevinMD contributor. Follow her journey on Instagram @maserayskamara.

Alana Brown