Word Wednesday: Busy

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"Do not mistake activity for progress."

I hear so many people in the real estate business say they are really "busy" these days.  I often wonder what that actually means.

The thesaurus indicates the word busy is comparable to: "having a great deal to do", "occupied", "engaged", "involved", "hard at work", and a few more.  Being busy, apparently, does not necessarily mean being productive.

When you are talking about your business, can you add the word "productive" after the word "busy"?  For example, if someone asks you "How are you doing in the real estate business these days?" Can you say "busy and productive"?  Or do you just say "busy"?  If you can't honestly add "productive" to your reply, you might want to re-evaluate the way you are conducting your business.  How can you be more efficient and productive and less "busy"?

For a little more insight, check out the brief article entitled:
"Don't Mistake Activity For Achievement"

As, the late great Earl Nightingale used to say:
"You can keep busy in a rocking chair, but you won't get anyplace."

Here's to a productive week!

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Carol Williams
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Hi James Dray ,
The sad part is, many people are fooling themselves into thinking their busyness is a good thing when, in fact, they are accomplishing nothing.

Aug 08, 2018 05:15 AM #5
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Carol Williams
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Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson 
It's a trap we all have to avoid, isn't it?  So easy to stay busy without really accomplishing anything. 

Aug 08, 2018 05:17 AM #6
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Carol Williams
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Hi Dorie Dillard ,
I sometimes wonder if those folks know they are fooling themself. 

Aug 08, 2018 05:19 AM #7
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Carol Williams
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Hi Kat Palmiotti ,
I think we all have days like that... wondering if we actually accomplished anything. 

Aug 08, 2018 05:20 AM #8
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Carol. Busy sounds good until you have to measure productivity! Enjoy your day!

Aug 08, 2018 05:27 AM #9
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
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Carol, most days are both but, there are some that are just busy and that's not a good thing. Productivity is a must!

Aug 08, 2018 05:28 AM #10
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

"Being busy, apparently, does not necessarily mean being productive."

So true, Carol.  There's a whole lot of tire spinnin' out there!

Aug 08, 2018 05:53 AM #11
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Carol Williams
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Exactly, Wayne Martin . The two don't always correlate, do they?

Aug 08, 2018 06:30 AM #12
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Carol Williams
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Hi Amanda S. Davidson ,
We all have days like that, don't we?

Aug 08, 2018 06:31 AM #13
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Carol Williams
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Good morning Myrl Jeffcoat ,
"Tire spinnin" is a pretty good term for it.  LOL

Aug 08, 2018 06:31 AM #14
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Brian England
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MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Busy work is not always productive, I like to be busy taking a nap, haha.  I do get busy with stuff though and I am very productive.

Aug 08, 2018 06:56 AM #15
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Carol. Your distinction is a really good one. Nice post. :)

Aug 08, 2018 08:05 AM #16
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Carol,

Many people are very busy, but not necessarily doing business.  LOL A

Aug 08, 2018 09:21 AM #17
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Carol Williams
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Hi Brian England ,
Taking a nap is my favorite way to stay busy!  LOL

Aug 08, 2018 01:01 PM #18
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Carol Williams
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Hi Sheila Anderson ,
Thank you.  Hope you're having a great day!

Aug 08, 2018 01:01 PM #19
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Carol Williams
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Exactly, Ron and Alexandra Seigel !

Aug 08, 2018 01:02 PM #20
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Carol - love this one especially the quote by Earl Nightingale. My old boss used to say that some people work hard but they don't work smart. 

Aug 08, 2018 03:04 PM #21
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Carol Williams
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Hi Kathy Streib ,
Another one of my favorites by Earl Nightingale is:
"Every one of us is the sum total of our thoughts."

Aug 08, 2018 05:35 PM #22
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Lisa Von Domek
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Great post Carol Williams and so true.  I especially like the quote

As, the late great Earl Nightingale used to say:
"You can keep busy in a rocking chair, but you won't get anyplace."

Aug 08, 2018 08:42 PM #23
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Hi there. I love the quote too - and I'm so happy to report we have been busy and productive this summer. :) 

Aug 09, 2018 11:16 AM #24
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