The simple productivity formula

Here’s a simple formula to make a bigger impact, enjoy more success, and improve your chances of admission to college:

How much you’re doing < how much you get done.

A day spent running from meeting to meeting and commitment to commitment, all of which is eventually summed up as a “busy day,” is a lot less valuable than a day where you actually accomplished something. A shipped project, a goal met, a person or team or organization helped—big or small, each represents a worthwhile outcome.

Getting more done is almost always more valuable than simply doing more. And in fact, the two states rarely coexist.