I am busy | Work Series

I am busy.

Read time: about 1 min.

It’s an over-used expression by most people. We have gotten so used to calling ourselves busy that sometimes it displays a sense of pride. If you are not busy, then you are not valuable, seems to be the belief. The thinking is probably rooted in the old command and control methods of the organizational operating model, where people were tied to their desks from nine to five regardless if they were being productive or not.

Busyness equals to effort, but effort does not equate to value. Therefore, busyness does not equal value. Value creation is from the perspective of the consumer of the work produced.

The effort is mainly irrelevant. People pay attention to value.

Some of my blogs took more than five hours to write, whereas others took less than two. Both were readable within a couple of minutes, so I can’t expect my readers to spend and cherish the ones that took me longer to write. The consumer will spend time/money based on the value created or perceived from work produced.

In today’s time, the fortunate few who work remotely must consider their work from this point of view. Just as employers require to trust their staff, the employees need to earn trust by creating value, not just being busy. The consumer of your work doesn’t (should not) care what it took for you to make something. They care about what it does for them.

If you are busy, let’s hope you are spending your time creating value, not from your point of view, but from those you are creating it for.

Thank you for sharing some of your precious time with me each week. Leave a comment if you liked it.

Stay safe, stay hopeful.

With gratitude, until next week.


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