When I look back on what I used to do and believe about being productive, and the way I reflected that belief in my actions – I realise I was waaaaay off course!

It’s pretty obvious to me now that for most of the time, I was busy being busy. I’ve found this can be a common myth for many of us (that busy-ness means guaranteed results).

In fact, it’s often almost like wearing a badge of honor for many of us to be busy, exhausted, and always on-the-go.

The illusion is that being busy equals being productive. 

For me, being busy for the sake of being busy and overworking myself, ultimately aren’t productive or effective1

My current definition of being productive is focusing on those actions that only I can do (rather than everything else that others can do, or are better at doing than me).

At this time of writing this means coaching, writing an e-course or recording my video blogs (which are bound to change over time!). It means connecting and communicating with people I care about. 

So, I’m curious to learn – what’s your definition of productive? 

I’m looking forward to seeing you on this week’s #AliveWithFi when I’ll be able to address your questions and comments while I’m live. It always makes my day and week to hear from you. 

1Ultimately “being busy is not inherently a bad thing if we’re busy with things that we care about and that truly matter to us. But being constantly busy with things that don’t support our feelings of wellbeing, blur our clarity and wear us down must be avoided.” And when we define what productive means for us, then it’s easier to clarify what we need to weed out.


C. Phillips (2015)

Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O., I.N.H.C., is The LifeStyle Aligner. She’s an experienced practitioner since 1992 in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified Osteopath, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, speaker, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, and Health Brand Ambassador.

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