by Francesca Gino and Bradley Staats
Raise your hand if you feel busy. Keep it up, still, if you think the busyness is hurting your productivity. If your hand is still up, then you should keep on reading.
It’s very easy to succumb to the temptation of staying busy even when it is counterproductive: It is the way our brains are wired. But there is a remedy that we can employ to translate that predisposition into productivity.
Research points to two reasons we often feel busy (but not necessarily productive) — and they are both self-imposed.