PROactive vs REactive: How to Know The Difference


Time management and productivity are my jam. One of the best lessons I’ve learned is to be PROactive not REactive. Here’s the difference:

PROactive: You are ahead of the game. You plan ahead, make things happen in your own time BEFORE they happen to you. You are taking responsibility for things that will come your way.

On a business level, I know brides will come to me with certain concerns at certain months out, I’m PROactive to be ahead of them & answer their questions before they have them.

On a personal level, I have a family medical history so long that any doctor would be intimidated. Therefore my health is my number one priority in my life because I know there are some cards that aren’t in my favor. I’m PROactive to eating well, consuming minimal alcohol, and taking care of my mental health through various things like reading, time off, yoga, etc.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

REactive: You are responding to things that happen, often using blame of your schedule, circumstances, or conditions. You often feel like you are drowning but blame your situation on various things, not yourself.⠀⠀

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On a business level, you are constantly putting out fires. You are having to apologize because you are late on deadlines or not providing the level of work wish because you think you don’t have control.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

On a personal level, you are likely low on energy, potentially moody/snappy, and overall overwhelmed. This is because you feel drained for having lack of control over your time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

So how do you fix it? How do you go from REactive to PROactive? 

-Accept responsibility for your schedule, time, and decisions. No more blame.

-Stop focusing on things that consistently drain you. (Your boss, your commute, your partner: if your partner drains you should fix that) and turn attention to moving forward.

-Start small, prove to yourself you are in control & can be ahead of the game.

If you want to learn more about how I maximize my time so that I can have more freedom, flexibility, and spend time doing what I love, check out my latest IGTV for more:

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February 20, 2020




  1. Larami Quicj says:

    This is great! I love the concept of being proactive instead of reactive. Thank you.

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