Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Activity vs Productivity

March brings with it so many different things… the end of cold weather (hopefully), changing the clocks AHEAD, and the last month of the first quarter of the year.  WOW!  I have been making it a practice to review my goals for the year during the first week of every month to see if I am on target.  With it, I have to evaluate whether or not I am working SMART or just being busy.
So, if you are like me – you “are always busy” and as my hubby says “always working your business”.  Maybe you have found that you are falling just short of your goals and you can’t understand why.  Here is some thoughts from The Party Plan Divas:

Working smart is about making a plan. Evaluate where you are, what you have, where you want to be, and what you need to do to get there. What have you done so far? What has worked in business? What has not? What tools do you have already in place to move your business forward? What do you still need to add or implement into your business? Where are you in relation to your goals? Also, work smart is scheduling your time to work. When will you work? When will you “play”? and When will you celebrate?

Working hard is just that – but with a narrow focus on the plan you have created. Do not waste time “working” on tasks that are not included in your plan. Do not “play office” or spend time organizing a new filing system – that is not congruent with your plan. Remember – never mistake “activity” with “productivity.”

I have to admit, I do make this mistake.  I sometimes “play office” instead of making a plan to work smart when I am in the office.  Come on, admit it, there are times that you are on Facebook, Pinterest or playing a game when you “say” you are working in your office?

I actually miss the “video” camera picture that hung in my office to remind me that I was being watched by my downline.  It kept me focused and accountable for the time that I was in my office.

So, do YOU mistake activity with productivity?  Share your stories with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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