Why does it matter whether or not you’re productive? 

You might first think about productivity and confuse it with being busy — everything is about doing more. 

Hang on. Being productive doesn’t equate with busyness. It’s actually about doing less. Productivity is when you become more efficient at what you need to do, so you have more time for what you want to do. 

If there was a way you could finish a task in half the amount of time it normally takes, then suddenly you have twice as much time as before. How you spend it is up to you. You could relax, start a new project, but at the end of it all, you’ll be less busy. 

Maybe you’re thinking, that sounds nice, but why would I want to be productive? There’s a deeper reason besides suddenly having more free time on your hands. It’s really so you have time for the important things in life. 

Being productive and having more free time doesn’t guarantee purpose. Two people can spend their time doing exactly the same thing everyday, but the one who finds purpose in what they do will be joyful because they see meaning in their actions. 

Once you spend your time with purpose, then you will see the value of productivity. Maybe you get to spend more time with your family, take a trip to a new place, or bike to your favorite view. 

If you’re still not convinced that learning the art of productivity is worth your investment, there’s another reason you should give it a second thought: Be productive for the people in your life who care about you. I’m sure when you find time to call your grandparents out of the blue, the extra time in your day will be worth one thousand times over. 

Learning how to be productive requires a certain amount of risk — anytime you change your routine, try something new, or shift your life goals — the change of trying something new means it might work or it might not. But ultimately, if you don’t take the chance to change your life for the better, then you won’t see the growth and improvement that comes from purposeful productivity. 

Moving towards something new is when the fun part begins. What will you do next? What endeavour will you put your energy towards? The possibilities are endless, but the time is yours.