On 27th May 2021, KALM Co-founder, Karina Negara, had the opportunity to be a speaker at a Webinar event organized by OVO Indonesia (OVO). OVO is a company engaged in digital financial services in Indonesia. Together with OVO, on this occasion KALM discusses busyness, productivity, and stress management topics. Well, in Part 1, we will focus on discussing busy life and productivity, KALMers.
You can read Part 2, “Listen To Your Body (KALM X OVO Part 2) through this link
We often misunderstand the relationship between busyness and productivity. We often think that being busy means we are being productive. Being busy means doing a lot of things, right? The busier, the more productive, the better. But is that true, KALMers? Here’s the summary of the KALM X OVO Webinar Part 1, let’s have a look!
Pre-crastination vs. Procrastination vs. Productive
Have you ever heard the terms pre-crastination and procrastination? Pre-crastination is a term that defines people who always do work as quickly as possible. They felt that they had to finish the job ahead of time so they could continue on with other work or other activities ASAP! The important thing for them is to be as fast as possible and finish everything! Whereas in contrast to a pre-crastinator, a procrastinator will try to keep him/herself busy by doing other things to avoid his/her main job. They will only start working on it when the deadline is coming.
Both are busy but apparently it is most likely that neither pre-crastination or procrastination leads to productivity! Why is that?
Karina points out that a business that is actually productive is when someone is able to optimally use the time he has to complete his main task (based on priority) with an optimal quality and targeted quantity. A pre or procrastinator certainly finds it difficult to meet the definition of being “productive” because they cannot focus on the quality and quantity of work, they do their work because they feel anxious. The pre-crastinator is worried about the work he/she has to do next besides the main job and the procrastinator is worried about the main work that has not been completed while preoccupying him/herself with other work.
Both, of course, cannot be considered as productive. Then how to prevent pre or procrastination so we can be productive? Here are some KALM Tips!
Create a Daily To-do List
To maintain productivity, Karina Negara shares a simple tip, namely by making a To-Do list of specific things that must be done. Don’t write down the results or goals that must be achieved, but the step by step components of the “final goal” that can be done each day. By doing this we can focus on completing each small part one by one that makes up the big task. This way, the work will feel lighter and easier to complete.
Delegate Tasks That Can Be Delegated
An important but often overlooked point in Hustle Culture theory is task delegation. Why? People who believe in this theory think that the busier they are, the more productive they will be. Therefore, they make themselves try to complete all the work by themselves. But the reality is that it actually makes the whole process ineffective and inefficient. Delegation of tasks that can be delegated is important so that the workload can be divided and does not have to be borne alone.
Rest is a Responsibility, Not Reward
The need to always be productive often makes us forget about taking a break/rest. Rest only comes as a reward when we have finished the job. But the reality is, just like a machine, our brains, if used continuously without stopping, will eventually get tired and burnt out. Therefore, it is important to intersperse each work with rest. Rest in this case is not just sleep. Do something that makes you feel refreshed, relaxed, and energized. Watching movies or doing sports for example. If necessary, add breaks to your To-Do List so you won’t miss it.
Well, so that’s it KALMers. Being busy isn’t necessarily productive, and being productive can still be done in a healthy way.
Don’t forget to read Part 2 (link)!
If KALMers still find it difficult to balance work and rest, and need to discuss and consult with professionals, you can download the KALM Application (link). KALMers can consult with Kalmselors (list of Kalmselors can be seen at this link) who are ready to help there.
Author: Rachma Fitrianing Lestari
Translator: Rachma Fitrianing Lestari & Jessica Delphina Lay
Editor: Lukas Limanjaya