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Members of Active Rain have been sharing what they have been doing to make this times positive and productive.

Many smart people now are looking to restart and quickly become productive. Here is my suggestion.  To get a clear start by first clearing obstacles. These could include things you are doing which are no longer necessary. Removing the obstacles will clear the way for achievement of new goals. Review your activities to see if they are really productive. Instead of planning what you will do, let’s concentrate on things you should not be doing. Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Maybe now is the time to make some changes.

If any of you have ever done an assessment with a coach or you have had a developmental assessment for you job you probably saw a section on the worksheet that is titled “I will stop doing…” Attitudes, behaviors, and activities can account for our success or failure. We should be measuring the results of our activities to see if they are moving in the direction of our goals.

So start by looking at your activities that have produced little or nothing and may have kept you from doing more productive things. It may be, for instance, your networking activities. I, for one, have resolved to stop going to networking groups that are not my target audience. What activities will you eliminate?

Now how about eliminating harmful behaviors and attitudes? That is not so easy is it? You may enjoy those behaviors but, of course, you remember that someone once told you there is no gain without pain. But who can be in pain all the time? I suggest you use this approach to change your unproductive behaviors.

How about changing your bad habit by considering why you have that habit in the first place and what pleasure it gives you. Next substitute a new pleasure for breaking that habit. You really can’t change habits in a vacuum. You are going to be in a constant state of stress. You need a new pleasure or reward.

Let’s say you have a habit of coming into the office, getting coffee, chatting with others, reading emails and then you discover half the day is gone. You are used to that and it is comfortable. But now it is almost afternoon and you are fretting about your scheduled appointments. Now substitute the pleasure of spending time talking with the pleasure of knowing that I have a full dance card every day this week. The energy and excitement of that full schedule is satisfying but what is even more satisfying is the knowledge that you have enough activity to generate those additional sales. What will those additional sales do for your year and your lifestyle? Before long, you have a new productive habit. You have also reduced your stress level because you have removed the anxiety of non-achievement.


Take action now. First, summarize the habits you think are harmful. Make note of the reason you have that habit. Now find a new pleasure or reward when you stop doing the thing that is not productive or harmful.

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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Apr 18, 2020 06:40 PM #26
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Grant Schneider there is NO EXCUSE for not having a plan ready when this virus is eliminated..... and that means marketing now, too, in order to stay visible....

Apr 19, 2020 04:16 AM #27
Joe Manausa
Joe Manausa Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Real Estate

You are so right Grant Schneider and "No Excuses" here either Barbara Todaro 

Apr 19, 2020 04:42 AM #28
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Sheri - there are certainly things that I think I can do without now.

Endre - Answering the phone is a must now.

Kathy - Thanks very much for inclusion in your Sunday "What I Leaned"

Barbara - as always we need to follow your lead.

Joe - that's right.  Excused satisfy only the person who makes them.

Apr 19, 2020 05:55 AM #29
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I certainly need to get my focus back.  I am getting closure.  Your post will get me even more focused on the productive.  Thank you.

Apr 19, 2020 06:08 AM #30
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Good remember for those who do and want to do more, thanks Grant Schneider 

Apr 19, 2020 06:34 AM #31
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I do think we should always keep an eye on our routines and business and eliminate those things that no longer work. 

Enjoy your day!

Apr 19, 2020 08:19 AM #32
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

S.M.A.R.T. GOALS are great Spring cleaning methods. Great suggestion!

Apr 19, 2020 09:40 AM #33
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Raymond - perfect time to do this so that you will once again hit the ground running.

Leanne - thank you so much.  So glad you are part of this forum. 

Kat - it is so easy to get into a rut.  You really did a big and successful change in your routine and I admire what you have done.

Thomas - this Spring cleaning is especially different.

Apr 19, 2020 11:29 AM #34
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Grant Schneider ,

All excellent advice! Evaluating what is working and what is not is a game changer! Only if you eliminate those activities!

Apr 19, 2020 03:12 PM #35
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Grant:

As always you have shared some excellent advice for us all. It's definitely a time to be thinking differently, and doing some planning.


Apr 19, 2020 08:41 PM #36
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I have been busy finishing to-do items that I got around to doing.

It seems that every one I do, is mentally making me feel better. 

Apr 20, 2020 05:08 AM #37
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Dorie - this is a time to really re think the value of activities.

Jeff - that is right.  Redo the action plan too.

Faye - when those to do's are finished that is really fulfilling.

Apr 20, 2020 06:26 AM #38
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent advice Grant!!

Retired now so I'm pretty much just doing what I feel like doing, when I feel like doing it. I thought I would be using this time to do things around the house, start new hobbies and such. No. just hanging out. LOL

Apr 20, 2020 12:33 PM #39
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS

A peaceful walk in the woods sets the tone for my day! 

Apr 20, 2020 07:49 PM #40
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Good ideas!  Stop doing what isn't working and clear the path for new progess!

Apr 21, 2020 05:01 PM #41
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I've been reading a book called "Atomic Habits." It's filled with ways to remove the temptation from habits you wish to eliminate, plus ways to make it easy to create new ones.

Good book.

Apr 25, 2020 11:28 AM #42
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Sharon - that is pretty much what we can do now.

Melinda - I really need to do some of that as well.

Jan - no time like now to eliminate those things.

Marte - thanks for the recomendation

Apr 27, 2020 05:08 AM #43
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

There is a lot of food for thought in this post and I enjoyed reading both your content and those of the commenters. Thank you for your insight...

Happy Sunday morning Grant Schneider 

May 03, 2020 05:49 AM #44
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, this time at home did give things to do, even if they weren't much fun.  The baseboards, trim and doors are all freshly painted, and have a little bridge in my backyard that I stained.

May 03, 2020 07:47 AM #45
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