A Dose Of Plus And Minus For Fourth Quarter Planning

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Plus and MinusMy the year is flying by and as we enter deeper into this month similar to some New Year Resolutions, what can you do to course correct your last three months of the year, the fourth quarter? I suggest in three areas in business and in life...

A Dose Of Plus And Minus For Fourth Quarter Planning

Namely, adding some things and removing or lessening some things

Relationships - add more positive people around you, enhance or boost up the interactions with those that mean the most to you. That equates to spending MORE time and LISTENING more and ACTING more with those special folks. Identify the energy drainer people and if called for cut them out. If you choose to keep them, see if you can at least get the energy draining activities to go away.

Surroundings - check your work and home life setting. Is it serene and organized to move you forward or chaotic and a rat's nest mess? Do you plan vacations on the calendar for a change of pace. Are the tools and people you interact with at least above average? Tweak your surroundings with the plus sign with adding more things that make you better, and weed out the parts (the disorganization) that makes you feel like you are crawling in mud. I saw some unfolded laundry on top of a dryer for example and thought that needs to be addressed and not sit there for days on end. How about totally messy desks or inside vehicles or noise in your environment. Delete the chaos out of your surroundings and you will be so much better

Activities - this is a BIGGIE with work and life. What are you doing? The big question is WHY? If you look at 16 hours awake a day, how much of what you do should get out the big minus sign and STOP it. Stop eating a bag of potato chips for lunch. Stop meeting with that annoying person once a week. Stop driving the wrong time of day in the thick of rush hour. Add positive training classes, add learning new tools or techniques, add doing something you have never done before in work or play. You get the idea

With a little plus and minus forethought to your fourth quarter, it will be better than the quarter you are just coming out of and you will be smiling brightly come the holidays. Get started thinking about this TODAY!


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Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro


Those are great suggestions for work and life.  What seem to be little things to us (a disorganized desk maybe) can play a huge part in our stress levels... realized or unrealized.

Thanks for the advice!


Sep 03, 2011 08:41 AM #1
Donna Paul
Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast - Dix Hills, NY
Long Island Home Specialist, Search for Long Islan

Gray, This really makes you think about what's going on in your life. It does take alot to make it to the end so taking a look at our surrounding will help us to focus. thanks for the reminder. I appreciate it

Sep 03, 2011 08:54 AM #2
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thanks for the reminder. I have to do a lot of planning this weekend.

Sep 03, 2011 08:57 AM #3
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale

Good morning Gary,

I like your plus or minus advice! Re-evaluating never hurts and a little tweaking can make all the difference in a strong finish for 2011 along with a dose of satisfaction:). Suggested this post!

Sep 03, 2011 09:19 AM #4
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Hurt, VA

Gary-+ - counting on life is a great observation and helps to keep us on track. Great post my friend. P.S. I quickly scanned to see if this post was drivel or not. Big smile. Ha ha you want my bat. LOL


Sep 03, 2011 09:44 AM #5
Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate
Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access - Philadelphia, PA

Gary - Starting today is right !  Great points.  Be positive and proactive.


Sep 03, 2011 09:51 AM #6
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I've also suggested.  Great advice.  Obviously I agree 100% with organizing your surroundings!

Sep 03, 2011 10:12 AM #7
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX


Relationships,  Surroundings, Activities I love it!

We become who we surround ourselves with. 

Carpe Diem!


Sep 03, 2011 10:16 AM #8
Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent

ONe always needs to be proactive in business planning, really anything...good call Gary...Have a nice holiday!

Sep 03, 2011 10:27 AM #9
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

I need to get my home office in ship-shape... ready to handle anything in the hours when I'm not in the office!  I can see lot's of deals coming my way in the next few months... and I want to be ready!  Thanks for the reminder! K

Sep 03, 2011 07:17 PM #10
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
Gary,;we need a good balance in our personal and business lives just to keep sane
Sep 04, 2011 06:06 PM #11
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