Busy vs. Productive…

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I originally wrote this for my home gym blog, but the information is something that I want to keep for a reminder…Enjoy!


Not too long ago, we put up a blog about trying to define the difference between training and simply exercising.  But today, I want to flesh that out a little bit more.  I want to make a comparison between being busy and being productive.  In the Bryan/ College Station area our new year seems to start with September and the beginning of a new school year.

With that, we at the lab are creating and putting together some goal sheets for everyone to utilize.  We want you to design some short term and long term goals and do a little bit of self assessment on your weaknesses.  These goals need to be personal and specific to you.  From that, the coaches will put together some recommendations for what you can do during the open gym time to help you achieve those and better utilize your time training.  These sheets are not required but they are a good idea for how we can help adjust your training to be more specific for you.

With that being said, the goal gives you a perspective on how to approach training.  The goals will help you figure out if you are in fact being productive in your training, or just staying busy.  Are you working towards those goals or preparing for your next challenge or are you simply spinning your wheels and wearing yourself out.  It is a matter of perspective.

We hope that by helping you craft some goals, you can also find some internal motivation to train effectively.  There can and usually is a carryover effect in how we approach our training and how we are outside the gym.  Can we commit to getting to a goal and put in the work to be successful?  Can we find the internal motivation to accomplish something for ourselves as opposed to it being an assigned task from a supervisor or a coach?

Don’t waste your time being busy.  It leads to frustration and defeat…why?  Because when all you do is keep busy…you get tired, you do lots and lots of stuff but accomplish NOTHING!  Keeping busy gives the appearance of action but nothing gets done other than wearing yourself out.  That is not a good indicator of success.  Efficiency is a better indicator, that is to say how can I accomplish a task and still have enough energy to accomplish or start the next task.

Productive actions mean you step back and can see what you did.  You actually accomplished something.  If you finish your workout and are laid out tired, but are not gaining strength or gaining speed…they you are just being busy.  Your training is not getting you anywhere but tired.  Examine it and see if you are really on a productive path or one that just makes you feel tired.

So which is it…busy or productive?