So you may make a phone call and then do the dishes, then send out an email, and then fold laundry, then write a thank you card, and then play with your child for an hour. You’re exhausted and have been working all afternoon.
So now you feel that you’ve done a good day’s work and are ready to relax in front of the TV for an hour before you need to start getting dinner ready.
But if you were to track your activities for that day, you would see that you only did 3 things that took you about 5 minutes – not enough to grow a business.
Or, maybe you’re working on social media –
You check your messages on Facebook and are excited to see you had two responses from follow-ups the day before. Before you respond back, you take a look at their timelines to get to know them a little better.
One posted an interesting article that you get engrossed in. That leads you to another article, and another. Whoops, you realize you’ve veered off your intended track and you get refocused. You respond to the two responses you had received.
Now it’s time for you to post your daily motivational quote pic in Instagram. You log in and scroll through a couple of pics, like a couple, share a couple, and another hour goes by.
Now it’s lunchtime, and since you worked all morning, you reward yourself by watching a couple of videos while drinking your smoothie.
But wait… if you were to track your activities, you would find that you spent the last four hours, and all you accomplished was responding to two people and posting one motivational video. Ouch!
So what can you do about it? Start tracking your productivity.
I know that sounds tedious and boring, and you might be thinking you don’t have time for that. But trust me… just a couple of minutes spent tracking what you’re doing will make you so much more effective!
I keep a journal and I track my activities there. This is a sample of what my journal might look like.
– Followed up with 15 people
– Gave out brochures and got 5 names
– Wrote 2 Blog Posts
– Appointed 1 New Representative
– Met with 1 Representative for training
– Posted 2 times on Facebook
– Avon Social Media Webinar
– Followed up with 6 people
– Attended Networking Meeting and got 3 names
– Gave out brochures and got 2 names
– Sent invite messages to 3 people on Facebook
– Project Runway Party – 4 guests in attendance
– Followed up on No Orders
– Followed up with 8 people
– Order Follow-up calls to 17 customers
– Sent invite messages to 5 people on Facebook
– Posted 2 times on Facebook
My journal idea is only one way that you can track your activities. Some people like to use their planner/calendar and write their numbers on each date. It’s not so important how you track your activities – only that you do.
The key is to set goals. Know what it is that you want to accomplish. If you don’t know what you’re aiming for, how will you know when you’ve achieved it?
How many people are you going to talk to each day? How many follow-ups? How many Facebook posts, etc.
Track your activities, and then go back to evaluate how you did as far as meeting your goals. If you came up short, it’s okay. That’s why tracking is so valuable. Now that you know you’re not quite on course, make the course correction and put in the effort so that you will accomplish those goals the next week.
Just keep working on getting better. Move forward every day, and you will get there.
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By Lynn Huber
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