1.23.2013

Busy...or productive??

There's a saying in our business that goes a little like this..."it's easy to be so busy that nothing gets accomplished." You ever notice that statement to be true? It's so easy to get caught up in the activities of everyday life, that you are neglecting the hours you should be being productive. Busy schedules do not equal productive schedules. 


Let me explain a little further. In my job, the service side of things can dominate 100% of my time if I let it (service meaning taking phone calls to update beneficiaries on accounts, update someone's address, explain for the 15th time the benefits of a plan, etc.). Guess what? That doesn't make me $. The face-to-face time with clients is where I need to devote my time. Researching the latest info and how it's going to affect the markets (here in America and globally) is where I need to devote my time. Those are the productive hours of my day.


Or let me break it down even further...let's use someone who likes to workout as an example. That person has chosen to make exercise a part of their life. What if they went out and slowly walked everytime they went to do a workout? They would be busy walking, but don't you think over time that they really aren't being productive in their exercise? They aren't pushing themselves to get the health benefits that working out provides.

Make sense?

So, here's my challenge to you...when you are at work, are you beyond busy accomplishing nothing that's going to help your company or your team go further? I would recommend that you do an evaluation. I can, without a doubt, tell you that if you prove yourself to be productive, you will see yourself go much farther than those who just seem to act busy all the time. I would highly encourage you to do a time management study. For the record, I do these on occasion (once a quarter maybe?) to check myself. It's a great accountability check. Write down what you are doing every 15 minutes for a week. At the end of each workday, evaluate where your time was devoted. Were you busy being an admin assistant to your boss? Or did you really devote your time to activities that were productive?

*If you are an administrative assistant, I completely understand that a lot of your job is to do what your boss gives you. Why don't you ask though if there's something that you can contribute to that would help take the company further?

With that being said, everyone needs a fun calendar to keep track of their schedule. Confession...I have three. One where I handwrite everything in, one on my iPhone, and one on my iPad. It's sad really. I still like to write everything down...I don't trust technology enough yet! Here's some that really caught my eye...they are fun and compact enough to slide right on down into your bag.





Envelope
Coach
Kate Spade

Check out Kate SpadeNordstrom, and Franklin Covey for other options! Coach had some cute ones, but they were a little more limited than these other sites. There's just something so professional and chic about having a day planner. I know looks can be deceiving, but seeing other girls use dayplanners really makes me think they've got their crap together. Deceiving because I use one and Lord knows that I don't. At least it doesn't seem like it half the time;)

Y'all let me know your thoughts if you do the time management study! Happy hump day!!

11 comments:

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    1. Hi Kelly!

      Isn't that one adorable?! I love the color:)

      XO,
      Blaire

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  2. I agree, time management is so important. I also love anything Kate Spade.

    Would love it if you stopped by sometime.

    Love from South Africa

    http://arumlilea.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Leanne!

      I love Kate Spade as well! Her stuff is just so fun, yet classic at the same time.

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

      XO,
      Blaire

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  3. Hi! I agree with your advice about being productive and time management is very key! I'm a new follower! I'm looking forward to reading more!

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    1. Hi Katie! Thanks for stopping by! AND for being a new follower. BIG grin over here:)

      Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see!

      XO,
      Blaire

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  4. Hey Blair! Just stopping by and wanted to let you know I put you under "Blogs I Adore" on my sidebar. I just love your blog, and it sounds like you and I have extremely similar jobs (I'm a marketing coordinator//office manager at a small financial planning firm in downtown Orlando). I actually have the Coach planner you posted, and I don't know what I do without it. People still make fun of me for not using my phone, but I don't care; I need my Coach planner. It's the only way I can effectively manage my schedule.

    Have a great weekend!

    xo,
    Steph
    Diary of a Debutante
    www.stephanieziajka.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Stephanie! I love that Coach planner...there's something so chic about it!

      Thanks! Check out my daily reads...you may be on there as well;)

      XO,
      Blaire

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  5. I much prefer writing things down because I like physically crossing things off lists! :)

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    1. I completely agree! It's a pretty good feeling marking off things! ;)

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  6. I used to live and die by my planner. I lost it once and had a full out panic attack! I've since moved to the electronic world for my calendar but I've just recently come to the realization that I'm going to have to move back to a planner (or something of that sort) to keep all my notes and lists in. A catch all I suppose because I just can't get into electronic task managers. I love the envelope one!!

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