I am not willing to let a day go by without getting something done. Yes, that’s the “achiever” in me speaking. I call it being productive. Every day starts with zero. When I accomplish something it gets checked off my list (and if it wasn’t on my list, I’ll add it just to check it off the list.) Getting things done fuels me. It’s not that I don’t rest, I simply have to think of rest as something I am accomplishing.
This is both a need I have and something I offer to others. Here’s what Webster¹ has to say about the word productive:
“1: having the quality or power of producing especially in abundance
2: effective in bringing about productive of much good — R. K. Carr
3a: yielding results, benefits, or profits
3b: yielding or devoted to the satisfaction of wants or the creation of utilities
4: continuing to be used in the formation of new words or constructions
5: raising mucus or sputum (as from the bronchi) productive cough”
- Have I communicated to my team?
- Have I set the stage for what is next?
- Have I answered questions and provided clarity on our upcoming goals?