The Quiet Mind: Critical Tips for Peak Performance

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The Quiet Mind: Critical Tips for Peak Performance

A personal practice I have done for over 20 years is called my Hour of Power. It is a time where I sit in my office every workday for one hour of uninterrupted time.

I do this so that I can focus on key tasks that I need to do without ANY interruptions. I don't look at emails, I don't answer any phone calls and I do not surf the net. I get rid of ANY and ALL distractions and I allow my mind to be clear of all the noise and clutter which would otherwise derail my efforts. I quiet my mind and focus ONLY on tasks that need to get done or projects that are large in nature that need to be tackled on multiple sessions to get them done.

My Hour of Power is not only productive, it also relieves the stress of just having too many "to dos" in my head. It is the single most important thing I do in my business. I am more productive in that single hour of my day than any other time and allows me to focus and work at a higher level throughout my day. It is powerful and it is what has led to my own personal success over the years.

With all the noise we have around us at all time, with our need to be connected at all times, and with all the distractions we encounter it is almost impossible to quiet the mind long enough to be productive through the day. You have to carve that time out for your mind to be able to be still so it can focus on what needs to get done. It is CRITICAL to allow your mind a period of silence from all the distractions and the noise to be able to perform at its highest level.

Have you ever found yourself working on an important CMA that you are rushing to get done for that critical appointment in the middle of the day only to find yourself ready to pull your hair out because the phone is ringing, your email and text notifications keep distracting you and your dog won't stop barking? That is BRAIN OVERLOAD. Now imagine that you are sitting in a quiet office, no emails, no phone calls, the dog is locked away. There is no noise; it is still and quiet - just you and the data you need to complete the CMA. I guarantee you will do a more thorough CMA quicker and you will feel great when it is done. That is because you did it with a quiet mind.

I challenge you to watch my Hour of Power video to see how I organize my world, both personally and professionally. No, you don't have to wake up at 4:00 in the morning to do this. But you do need to pick a time and a space that works for you. I have found that agents that set up a space that they like, that is serene and that gives them that privacy do extremely well. Enjoy a peak into my daily routine.


By Denise Lones CSP, M.I.R.M., CDEI - The founding partner of The Lones Group, Denise Lones, brings over two decades of experience in the real estate industry. With expertise in strategic marketing, business analysis, branding, new home project planning, product development, and agent/broker training, Denise is nationally recognized as the source for all things real estate. With a passion for improvement, Denise has helped thousands of real estate agents, brokers, and managers build their business to unprecedented levels of success, while helping them maintain balance and quality of life.

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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Denise... I do it by "checking out" most days by 6:30pm and paying no attention to phones or emails (unless I'm in the midst of a negotiation). After a 12-13 hour day, taking that break helps clear my mind.

Mar 19, 2017 06:07 AM #5
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Denise Lones ,

Me time is important for everyone and I like to take it early in the morning before I open up emails and start the day. I've never labeled that time but I'm going to start calling it "My hour of Power!" So glad Kathy Streib featured it in her "light-bulb" Moments for the week.

Mar 19, 2017 06:17 AM #6
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm so glad Kathy shared this today....such a powerful post and inspirational message!

Mar 19, 2017 08:37 AM #7
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

Very wise advice. I can ignore the phone and the emails, etc., but since I work at home, there's no way to shut off the occasional outburst when one of my dogs hears a noise or sees something out the window that "doesn't belong."

When I'm really in the zone, I sometimes come nearly off my chair!

Mar 19, 2017 09:39 AM #8
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Structuring work and my day are a struggle for me.  I am working on it. Thanks for the motivation.

Mar 19, 2017 10:49 AM #9
Manny Sanchez
Century 21 Astro - Norwalk, CA

Denise, Now I know what to do when I wake up in the morining at 4:00 A.M.. Being organized can be a dangerous thing. Thanks again. Manny

Mar 19, 2017 12:08 PM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Denise Lones - I love your "Hour of Power".  This is a great way to stay organized and get a lot done in a short period of time.  We do have to allow ourselves of "golden time". Thank you!

Mar 19, 2017 12:38 PM #11
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Thanks for this powerful suggestion, Denise. I am generally pretty focused without too much trouble but I could definitely benefit from doing my own Hour of Power each day.


Mar 19, 2017 04:22 PM #12
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Denise,

Very slick. Many things are just not good to do in the middle of the day, when all the bells are ringing & everyone needs you to change just one little thing real quick.

Mar 20, 2017 07:55 PM #13
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I also practice the Hour of Power routine. Picking the best time of day has been key. Great post!

Mar 20, 2017 08:31 PM #14
Nancy Middleton
Counselor Realty, Inc. - Excelsior, MN
Nancy Middleton, Counselor Realty, Minnetonka, MN

Denise: Thank you for the post on "The Quiet Mind." As an 84 year old Realtor with 39 years in the business and 49 years still teaching Alpine Skiing (also a Certified Instructor), I have a lot on my mind . I have a lot of experience in both fields, as well as 4 grown children in their fifties, 7 grandchidren, and one and a half  great grandchildren. I have a terrible time staying focused. I need "Me Time," and found it best in the early hours at 5:00 AM . My other need is to keep my thoughts written down in a Journal to get them out of my mind and preserved as needed, as well as writing in many five year diaries since 1946.

Mar 20, 2017 08:36 PM #15
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

This is great and I enjoyed the video. Thanks for sharing these great tips that certainly will lead to higher productivity.

Mar 21, 2017 05:55 AM #16
Rochelle Kretchmar
GenEquity Mortgage - Lewisville, TX
Simply Irresistible Staging

This is so important - what a great post!  I meet with a ladies group each Monday for dinner and inspiration.  Last night we were just talking about finding a time of rest and what that would look like.  We all believe that a true time of rest actually will energize and renew your perspective.  We all need it! 

Mar 21, 2017 06:19 AM #17
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Great post, agree focus is important. I find how I start my day sets the tone to get everything done I need to do throughout the day. That includes exercise and meditation time first, then email and reading, then AR.

Mar 21, 2017 08:03 AM #18
Kathleen Frawley
Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento - Wilton, CA
South County Sacramento, 916 730 4404

Great Post! I try to get in the office at 7:00.  I call that my "Golden Time" no one else shows up until 9:00.  You inspire me Denise!  

Thank You.


Mar 21, 2017 11:14 AM #19
Robert Hicks
United Country River City Realty - Savannah, TN

Great read , thanks... I am an early bird, my favorite time of the day!!! THE WORLD IS MINE!!!

Mar 21, 2017 02:45 PM #20
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Great reminder about dedicated, focused quiet time.    I'm rethinking my approach to everything so your idea comes at a great time.    Seems like first thing in the morning is ideal for this, since things tend to go into what you call brain overload later in the day.     I've always found that if I have the luxury to "sleep on" a topic, my solutions are more well rounded.

Mar 22, 2017 05:49 PM #21
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

I need to be better at keeping my Hour of Power. It is a great best practice that can be HUGE in your life and business

Mar 25, 2017 04:38 PM #22
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I start most days with my "quiet time". I can tell the difference when I skip it.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Mar 29, 2017 01:01 PM #23
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So important to learn to be focused during a set period of time.  I've found that lately I jump from project to project even during a project!  I need to be getting busier doing lead generation, so I love your idea!  I could so do that with my many projects.  I have a stack of criss crossed papers on my desk that I'd love to switch to a notebook  Create a class on solar for X date; green the MLS by X date; create an event with a lender about energy efficiency on X date!   

Mar 30, 2017 09:14 PM #24
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