8 Ways Productive People Can Look Busy

Employees are capable of doing more in shorter amounts of time and employers are expecting more out of their employees. But let’s face it, there isn’t a boss who’s realized being productive isn’t the same thing as busy.

Even though you’ve booked more accounts and cut your departments wasteful spending, you’re not getting looked at for that promotion.

It’s all because you were able to leave at a healthy time and took most of your vacation last year.

Busy people have it all.

But you too can run around frantically, without getting anything done.

Here are 8 tips for Productive People to look busy:

Tell Everyone They’re Your Top Priority

They’ll know instantly that you’re busy, because you HAVE to prioritize. Then, tell the next person they are also your top priority. The first person will think you’re so busy you forgot and they won’t bother you.

Commit Quickly

Don’t give anyone else a chance to take a project you could do. You’re busy, you don’t have time for someone else to get the recognition you could have gotten.

End Every Meeting w/ an Action Item

Say something like, “I’ll go a head and re-cap this at the end of the day.” No one else will give you a task, because you’ve already done it. Instantly you’re busier than everyone else in the room.

Bonus: Give Others To Dos — show them you’re a leader, by stating out loud what someone was going to do anyway.

Don’t Close Doors

Microwaves, cabinets, offices, cars. Leave all the doors open. There’s something unsettling about an adult who can’t close doors and that’s exactly what you’re going for here.

Tell Everyone You’re too Busy

You’re always taking care of business and your work will never speak for itself. So, YOU have to. Tell anyone who will listen what your working on, how much you’re working , and how great/horrible it’s going. Remember, it doesn’t matter how the project turns out, just that you did it and that everyone in your building knows you did it.

Respond Quickly To Emails
Answering your emails at specific times during the day gives people the impression that you’re focusing hard on something else. But that’s not the case. You don’t have time for focused work. Answer all those emails as fast as they come in, so you can say yes to any new projects or commit to another meeting.

Talk About Changes

When a project is wrapping up, share with your co-workers your list of what you’re going to do when you FINALLY have a spare minute. Things like, go for a walk, read a book, & take a shower are great places to start.

Tell Everyone, You Don’t Have Time

There is literally no way anyone else can refute this. Everyone’s time on this is earth is limited.

With these handy tips, you’ll be able to get less done and a raise!