Why we always feel “Busy”

Often, we think we're "working," but 80% of the time, we're just busy.

Nothing ACTUALLY getting done.

No cash flow.

No progress.

No impact.



We’re all guilty of it.

And it’s not our fault.

The world is a busy place.

After digging into this for five years, I found three big reasons why we always feel "busy"

…and how to fix them.

⚠️Reason #1: Distractions

Workers get sidetracked every 11 minutes and switch tasks over 300 times a day.

This means we spend 1/3 of our day bouncing back from these distractions.

Source: https://howtoworkless.com/

What's the fix?


Break your day into chunks of focused work.

Get into habits that protect your time from distractions.

You can set special times for checking email or social media.

⚠️Reason #2: Phone Addiction

86% of us check our phones within an hour of waking up. This sets our brains up for distraction and worry.

What can you do?

Before bed, leave your phone charging in another room.

Only pick it up after lunch or when your most important tasks are done.

Leaving my phone in another room at night saved me 40 hours of distractions this year and helped me start my day in a proactive mode.

Give it a try, you will see the results immediately.

⚠️Reason #3 Poor Time Energy Management 

My favorite productivity hack is to stop trying to be productive all of the time.

Humans aren't designed to be productivity machines.

Our brains can't handle 10 hours long workdays, at least not all the time.

What's the solution?

  1. Choose ONE goal.
  2. Stop doing anything that does not directly impact that goal.
  3. Automate repetitive tasks.
  4. Delegate $10/hr activities (busy work).
  5. Focus on high-value, high-impact activities (like $1000/hr tasks, read my $1000/hr rule).

Remember, just because you can do everything, doesn't mean you should!


  1. Don't let distractions control your day.
  2. Limit your phone usage, especially in the morning.
  3. Manage your energy wisely, focusing on high-value tasks.

Work smart! ;)

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