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There are no limits

“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”

— BRUCE LEE

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Manage Your Time – and Stress

by Adrian Amos

A few weeks ago I had dinner with a friend who is struggling with new responsibilities at work. She’s the type of person who likes to finish her to-do list and gets stressed when things are left undone. I shared some of our time management tips with her and thought I’d re-share them with you too. Just in case you’re feeling overwhelmed:

• Modify your “To-Do” List
List the 6 most important things for next 2 days and assign an estimated time value to each. The total time should be no more than 6 hours. This leaves you plenty of time for each day’s surprises. Also, try to complete the most important thing by 11 am – that way you have more time and energy to focus on the unexpected when it does occur.

• Set specific times to answer email (and texts)
Set specific times to answer email, like early morning, at noon, and at the end of the day. If you’re constantly responding to email, then you are not managing your time, the people sending you email are. My friend said she needs to check her email frequently to handle emergencies throughout the day, but she could compromise and only respond at specific times, which will minimize the interruptions. Find a balance that works for you.

• Stop – If an activity does not yield business, why do it? Stop and do something else. The best business consultant ever, Peter Drucker, said we could stop 50% of what we do with no detrimental effect to our bottom line.

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What IS Working for You?

from Erica Ramus, AGBeat

What is the easiest tip to help with your marketing?

Ask every single client, every prospect, “where did you hear about me?”

Then track and categorize every answer: referral from a friend, repeat client, friend/relative/sphere, real estate website, print advertising, etc.

Tracking can seem like a pain, but unless you ask the question and chart it you’ll never know how good or bad each marketing avenue is for you.

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Three Tips for Time Management

Michael Russer (aka Mr. Internet) offers three tips to better manage your time:

1. Plan your schedule the night before and hit the ground running- When you’re not in control of your schedule, you invite stress to fill the void. Set and prioritize meaningful tasks to be accomplished. Whether it’s an appointment calendar or a software program, the critical first step to properly managing your time is to organize and schedule your day.

Be careful not to confuse activity with productivity. For example, don’t just block off a couple of hours to make calls. Instead, set measurable activity goals to be accomplished, such as those 15 necessary phone calls you need to make that day.

2. Identify your time bandits- Once you’ve scheduled your day, the next step in managing your time is to recognize and modify old behavioral patterns regarding the improper use of time. Avoid procrastination in all of its attractive forms.

Having a planned schedule helps you say no to time wasters such as online surfing, personal phone calls, long lunches and chatty coworkers. An open door invites continuous distractions. Effective real estate professionals focus on task achievement rather than tension relieving diversions.

3. Delegate.

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Put Your Clients’ Minds at Ease

One of home sellers’ biggest fears is that they’ll list with an agent and never hear from them again. Homes & Land helps put their minds at ease.

Our Client Contact program makes it easy for you to stay in touch. We send all of your advertised sellers a copy of the magazine and a note promoting you and your marketing efforts. We also explain how your sellers can go online and see their property featured on HomesAndLand.com.

Better communication helps keep your sellers happy – which means more repeat and referral business for you.

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