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Are You Living A Busy Life or a Productive One?

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There has always been a great emphasis on staying “busy” (or at least looking busy). It was once seen as a surefire way to stay employed or to gain admiration from others. But a closer examination reveals that “busy work” has little value in itself.

And value is important.  Just as “quality time” is more important than the quantity of time, busy is falling out of favor while measuring productivity is becoming more vital.

This is certainly true in most professions, but what about in your own personal life?  What do you really care about?

With only a few precious hours in each day, are we using them to catch a glimpse of what we are capable of – who we are destined to be – or are we spending them shuffling papers and alphabetizing the soup cans in the pantry?

Important questions, because important desires are calling us all the time.  The inspiration to write a book or a poem. The yearning to lose the extra weight. The urge to build something of our own versus sticking with a dissatisfying job.

Is the urgency of a busy life getting in the way of a productive one? 

A text comes in. Your tires need air. A client demands an impossible deadline. Real life. But also an excuse to delay dreams one more day for the sake of another fire drill.

How do you make the leap from busy to productive? How do we start living the life that’s important to us instead of just responding to the everyday emergencies?

Think of it this way: you’re going to spend the next decade doing something.

Will you respond to what is urgent, or will you choose to pursue what is important, instead?

Is your craving to be noticed or appreciated (busy) winning out over the ability to be present and satisfied (productive)?

Become Purposeful

Of course handling responsibilities is part of life. But how long will you delay what’s important to you just so that you can handle the Next Urgent Thing in front of you? How long will you put off what productive thing you’re capable of doing, just to maintain what you’re currently doing (staying busy)?

Will you wait 12 months? Ten years? Your entire life?

If you want to start living a productive life, then choose a clear direction for yourself right now.  It takes courage to say, “This is what is important to me and I’m going after it,” but you can do it. 

Otherwise, you’ll only be living the life that other people expect you to live.

You’ll soon find that having a clear purpose and a specific goal prevents you from being sucked into the multiple vortexes of time–consuming, unimportant busy work.

A Specific Goal

A crucial point to understand is that a specific goal is different than a desire.  Wanting to get in shape is a desire, running a marathon is a specific goal. Wanting to start your own daycare center is a desire, securing the first three paying families is a specific goal.

The secret to living an important, productive life is recognizing that it will never demand your attention right now, on its own. You have to cultivate that sense of purpose and prioritize it over the long haul.

There is a lot of talk these days about getting back to normal. Abandon that notion and think more about going forward to new. Start the slow march from busy to productive by picking one thing that you care deeply about, and get started today. 

Trade frantic for focused, and you’ll be surprised how soon perfectionism gives way to purpose. 

Become a purposeful soul, instead of a busy body, and you can celebrate success for a lifetime.

By Mark Smith, contributing author

We are all working our way through a changed world as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. We may no longer be quarantined or under stay-at-home orders, but everyone is stretched to adapt like never before.  All of us are in this together. Now more than ever, caring is what we need most. Caring for our self. Caring for others around us in our communities. Life now demands caring, resilience and compassion like never before. This is a great opportunity to create the world we want for our future generations. We invite you to join us in creating a caring movement!

Would you like to read more about UCA caring resources and products? We have other blogs on Unified Caring Association and our products, caring in our communities, and caring the UCA way!

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Hello to our caring community! We at Unified Caring Association (UCA) are sharing our excitement for our newest way to have caring connections and share caring resources. We are launching a caring podcast on!

A Podcast for Sharing Caring

Each episode will be talking with caring ambassadors about how more kindness can be brought into the world. We are happy to spread the UCA recommendations for caring tools and resources that can be found on our website. And more about being a UCA member, and all for caring that you can do for yourself, friends and family, and your community.

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Keep an eye open for our very first podcast, Saturday March 21, 2020! We will be sharing who we at UCA are. Also, we will share more about our C.A.R.E. program and our scholarships. We are celebrating why caring is so important. Happy listening, from our hearts to yours!

Happy listening, from us to you!

Want to read more about UCA? Check out our website for scholarships, resources, and the Caring Community Store. Love our caring blogs? Check out other blogs like: Save While Caring, Hugging for Health, and Scholarship Themes: Social Media and Anti Bullying. Also, we have caring notes and reminders each day on our social media feeds (Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Twitter).

Small acts of caring create a great impact
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Small acts of caring create a great impact.

Small acts of caring create a great impact.

A small kindness can make a big difference in the world. In fact, it’s often the little things in life that make our days seem brighter. Too often, people feel powerless to make a difference in the world, and consider their contributions to be insignificant. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, it’s the day to day small acts of caring that we share that keep us all connected. Collectively, our small acts of caring create a great impact. As a matter of fact, the world needs more of them!

Small acts of caring can create a great impact! Be Kind!
Small acts of caring can create a great impact!

A caring act does not have to be grandiose to be impactful. For example, a warm smile or a sincere compliment can create a moment of caring connection. Similarly, remembering to check in on someone that is going through a tough time can ease the burden of their challenge. These small acts of caring create a great impact and take very little effort. Anyone can make a positive impact through these small acts of caring!

In addition, making a small shift in the way we communicate can be a great kindness. Certainly, the way we listen and communicate with others can have a positive or a negative effect on their day. When we align our listening with caring, greater understanding is possible. When we align our communication with caring, our ideas and opinions are better received. Therefore, taking steps to intentionally align with caring can reduce conflict in our lives and create healthier connections with others. This small act of caring creates a very big impact, and costs nothing but your time and effort.  

Challenge yourself to small acts of caring each day to make an impact

A great way to spread more caring in the world is to challenge yourself to a daily act of caring. Can you imagine what an awesome world it would be if everyone did one extra act of caring each day? The impact would be amazing! UCA’s 365 Days of Caring Challenge gives daily caring prompts to help you create more caring in the world. Their daily caring challenges can help you to become more caring to your family, community and self. The prompts are easy to do and fun! By adding just one more caring act to your already caring lifestyle, you can really make a difference in the world!

To learn more about the caring resources offered by Unified Caring Association, please visit our website. Please enjoy our other caring blog posts: The privilege of a lifetime is being authentic and Slow down to improve your perceptive.