RealEstate Coach’s RealClues newsletter passes on this tip from Tami Bonnell, CEO of EXIT Realty, who has a “120-second rule” for helping herself stay sane and motivated.
Every morning take a minute to ask yourself:
• What will my day look like?
• What positive things will happen?
Every evening, take another minute to ask:
• What went right today?
• What am I proud of?
• What am I grateful for?
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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.
from Dr. Maya Bailey, RISMedia
Think about the meaning of the phrase, “at the top of your game.” What does it mean to you? Does it bring up images of success? Can you picture yourself in the future being successful and maintaining a balanced life? If this picture is fuzzy, here are some common mistakes that you can avoid.
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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.
Mr. Internet blog