THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING BUSY AND BEING PRODUCTIVE

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So, the school year is about to start and everyone knows that this means you will be “busy”. But what does “busy” look like? Below is what my “busy” schedule used to look like at the beginning of the year:

9 a.m. I sit at my desk and check email. I laugh at a funny joke sent by someone from guidance. Those people seem to have so much fun.

9:30 a.m. I survey my classroom, and notice that I have two desks less than what I need for my 3rd period class. After closing out of my email, I leave to get more desks.

9:35 a.m. On my way out, I see a course syllabus on the podium that I have been meaning to copy, and since the copier is on the way to the room with the desks, I bring the syllabus with me. Then, on the way out of my room, I see that the plants along the windowsill are not green, and those need to be fresh for the first day of school. I decide to get a cup of water to hydrate the plants.

9:40 a.m. I run across the hall to get a cup of water for the plants, but in the hallway, I encounter another teacher who I haven’t seen all summer. We talk for awhile, and this teacher swears it is going to be their last year at this place. I vaguely recall this same teacher saying something very similar at the start of the school year last year…

10:00 a.m. The conversation finishes, but I am confused because I have a cup of water in my hands and a copy of the course syllabus. “Why did I need a cup of water to go make copies?”

10:05 a.m. After standing in the hallway like a confused freshman, staring at my cup of water like it is a new lock for my locker, I decide to just drink the water and go copy the course syllabus.

10:10 a.m. I get to the copier, but it is out of paper, so I head back to my classroom, only to be thwarted by the custodian who is waxing the floor. “Sorry, can’t go this way. You’ll have to come back in an hour.”

10:15 a.m. Frustrated, I stay in the teacher’s lounge and read a “professional development” article to help me think that I am becoming a better teacher, but I just end up reading the advertisements and think how awesome it would be if my kids could smile as much as they do in all those ads.

11:00 a.m. After reading the article, I realize that I am now hungry, so I go get something to eat. “I’ve been working for two hours already, no wonder I’m exhausted and hungry!” I throw the syllabus in the back seat of my car (also known as “the pit of despair"), hoping that it will not suffer the same fate of everything else that gets thrown in the back seat. I never see it again for the rest of my life.

11:15 a.m. I arrive at Wendy’s. I see a student working there who I threatened would one day end up flipping burgers if he did not do his math homework. I then see a sign that says, “Now Hiring: $11 an hour” and I begin to run the math and wonder if he is making more money than I am. I can’t figure out the answer because I don’t have my calculator.

11:45 a.m. Finally, after eating, I go back to my classroom, but something is wrong. I have two desks less than what I need for 3rd period, I realize the plant hasn’t been watered, and I can’t find my course syllabus. Confused and unsure about what to do, I decide to check my email. There’s another funny joke from someone in guidance…

Repeat this process three times, and you will find that I had a VERY busy day! The real question, however, is: did I get anything done?

Being “busy” is about spending a lot of time. Being "productive" is about getting things done. Focus on getting things done and don’t spend so much time trying to be busy, and you may find out that the start of the school year isn’t so busy after all.