Once upon a time, there were four summer interns, curious as can be. They each had their strengths: one loved to call people, one loved to email, one loved to write and one loved to do all kinds of little jobs.
It was the beginning of the summer, on one fine morning, when the one who loved to write found herself in a pickle. “I have way, way, WAY too much work!” she said. “Oh fellow intern, you don’t have as much as me. Won’t you help me please?”
But the one who liked to call said “No. I have too much of my own work. I can’t help YOU.”
So the one who loved to write asked another intern, “Oh intern who likes to email, I have way, way, WAY too much work. You don’t have as much as me. Won’t you help me please?”
Just like the caller, the one who liked to email said, “No. I am too busy with my work. I don’t have time to help you.”
Poor, poor intern. Who will help you do all this work? Are the other interns being selfish? They couldn’t possibly have as much to do just.calling or emailing…
…Or could they?
Finally, the writer asked the one who liked to do all kinds of things. And he replied, “yes I will help you. As long as you divide your tasks into manageable to-do’s, there’s nothing you can’t do all by yourself!”
So the writer and the organizer made a plan that allowed the writer to clearly see what she had to do.
“Wow, I guess I’m not that busy after all. I even still have time to help the other interns!” said the writer.
“Yes,” said the organized one, “But don’t forget to do your tasks first. Being busy doesn’t always mean being productive.”
The writer nodded, “I guess you’re right. It’s like I was under the busy curse and thought that having way, way, WAY too much to do meant that I was being productive. Thanks kind intern.”
“Anytime young one,” said the wise organizer. “Break the busy curse and get more done! Off with you now, writer, I have work to do!”
Moral of the story: busy work does not equal productive work.