Time Management VS Inspiration Management

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Phoenix Property Shoppe AZ Broker BR030809000


October is a great month for reflecting! Grant Schneider's interesting challenge  Time Management Is Not A Time Management Issue intrigued me - a lot. Why? Because it caused me to pause and think about "Time Management" or lack there of when it comes to 'traditional' ways of thinking about this subject. I haven't used a "time management system" in many years and now I know why, thanks to Grant! I don't need one because it's all about mindset. I remember taking classes over the years teaching time blocking etc etc etc and it just never made a lot of sense to me. And clearly I never put one in place. That does not mean that I'm not organized. I am very organized and have systems in place that keep things flowing along easily - both in my home life and work life.


Time Management VS Inspiration Management


I am one of those types that knows what I want to create every day - happiness, inspiration and enjoyment - pretty simple yet powerful. I get up and look forward to what the day will bring! I have a general idea of what I want to accomplish but I don't define it in a 'strict sense'.  I do let my intuition take me where it leads me and some days I wonder - what the heck is this all about but I trust it will lead me on a path that brings in really interesting ideas or people. And it does.  I'm open and aware to possibilities.



For the last 25 years my inspiration has come from the time I spend out hiking for an hour or two most mornings. I walk along, with no thoughts on my mind, sometimes listening to music, being fully aware of the birds singing, the bunnies running and hiding, the gentle breezes, the other hikers....just being in the now moment. And from that now moment comes all kinds of cool inspirations - some business, some not. It all just pops up effortlessly. By the time my walk is over I'm renewed and excited about 'bringing it on'. Whatever 'it' is that day!



When Gary and I were first married he wasn't too sure about my seemingly lack of attention (or so he thought) to conventional 'engineer' thinking.  I remember him asking me why I thought it was a good idea to hike for 2 hours rather than getting to the office by 8:00.  At first I thought he was joking!  I thoughtfully explained that I have a general idea of what I want to create that day, that week, that year and I know it will come about, effortlessly. Well that probably sounds like mumbo jumbo to some folks and that's fine as everybody does what works for them.He soon figured out that things really did work out well for me - and us and he began to trust my intuition. By now he really gets 'it' and follows 'it' himself - a lot! Keep in mind he is an engineer!



I truly have discovered that it 'all' is created when I let things 'flow' rather than trying to force them or 'work' at it. I don't work. I get inspired and then I have fun creating - whatever! And that goes for my whole life - not just business stuff. Just like I sat down to write this post - I really had no idea of what I'd say or where it would go. What I did know is that it would POP out and when it felt right I'd know it.  So there you go - that's my so called time managment system - or lack there of!


Time Management VS Inspiration Management



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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

I can't imagine you any other way.  I love your process for going about your day and your tasks.  You clear your mind and let it all fall in to place with flashes of inspiration along the way.

Oct 08, 2017 09:59 AM #20
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I love your way of "managing" your time - it works for you. I don't like hard and fast TO-DO lists either and prefer to let the day work itself out.

I recently was lying in savasana (the rest period after a yoga workout) and had the most wonderful idea for real estate videos.  You never know when it will happen.

Oct 08, 2017 10:04 AM #21
Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Anna

I love this post and your philosophy that is reflected so well in it. It makes perfect sense to me, and clearly it works well!


Oct 08, 2017 10:44 AM #22
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Anna - Great post. I'm like you in that I haven't ever used a time management system, mainly because I haven't ever felt the desire to be that structured. It all seems to get done when and how it should, and when it doesn't, it still all works out.

Oct 08, 2017 12:21 PM #23
Lise Howe
Long and Foster - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I am glad that Kathy featured you in her "What I learned this week" since I had missed your original post.  Hiking for an hour or two a day is a great way to start the day! I can see where it would get your head set straight each morning! 

Oct 08, 2017 02:49 PM #24
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI - I get YOU! When I was being mom, my kids couldn't understand why I had to run through the trails everyday through the forest preserves behind our house. What they didn't know, is that I was planning my day, coming up with solutions to problems, asking for Divine Intervention, exercising my body and my mind in useful ways that others couldn't understand. 

Your photos are gorgeous! If I had those purple flowers and beautiful terrain, I'd be out there every day myself!

Oct 08, 2017 04:03 PM #25
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I love your pictures Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI , i dont have a system, i would say i have a habit on what to do, when and what not to do... then i just go and do it naturally

Oct 08, 2017 05:02 PM #26
Shannon Lefevre
John R. Wood Properties - Naples, FL
Shannon Lefevre, PA Your Naples Smart Girl

This was an awesome post! I've never been a time block person either and always felt sort of guilty about it but not guilty enough to start doing it! This whole "being in the now" thing is something I adopted about 4-5 years ago. It has truly changed me as a person. Thanks for your insightfulness!!!!

Oct 09, 2017 06:47 AM #27
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I manage my time much the same way, Anna Banana, I go with the flow. Probably the most interesting aspect is I tend to take care of responding to others immediately. No matter what I'm doing. My clients love it. But the reason I do it that way is because otherwise I would forget, LOL. Too much going on to distract me. I also have hours during the day that certain things need to be accomplished, and if they are not yet done, I have a Plan B for them. Reduces stress.

Oct 09, 2017 09:36 AM #28
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm extremely flexible with my time and though sometimes I feel time pressured, what needs to get done always gets done. I loved reading this post and seeing your gorgeous photos!

Oct 09, 2017 11:21 AM #29
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI, thank you so much for sharing. I drive for hours to get to a place where I can be in nature, take it all in and meditate.  

Oct 09, 2017 11:43 AM #30
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Anna I can understand the frustrations of an Engineer, they are usually ....well you know.... they are not Free Spirits... on the other hand Sales people who are focused and disciplined can achieve more...Endre

Oct 09, 2017 11:21 PM #31
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

I don't plan tp try another way

Oct 10, 2017 07:09 AM #32
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Nature bathing!  Clears the mind and heart and sets a tone for the day. I am so envious, especially looking at these gorgeous shots of your walking places. I used to walk every morning when I lived in CA and that is the one thing I miss most of all.

Oct 10, 2017 11:26 AM #33
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


 I have my have to accomplish list and then I let the rest flow sometimes life takes over the have to do not get done! I follow your philosphy as well. Hiking in your neck of the woods I too would do!

Oct 11, 2017 12:10 PM #34
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Of course this is the way you work. You are an intuitive and creative soul - and smart to trust the moments will present you with the perfect opportunity to do what is needed. Inspiration is pretty good company with Nature - hikes and walks are a great gift and keep us centered. 

Oct 12, 2017 04:08 PM #35
Rebecca Gaujot
Perry Wellington Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Anna, I like your time-management system... a lot!  And, can tell by the photos you get inspirations doing your 2-hour hiking. 

Oct 12, 2017 05:42 PM #36
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Anna- You have balance in your life and the importance of a strong and consistent workout can not be emphasized enough. Good for you!

Oct 13, 2017 02:22 PM #37
Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Starting your day with exercise and fresh air in God's presence is a heavenly beginning!

Oct 13, 2017 08:43 PM #38
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

I don't like your post Anna, I love it!  This is how I have lived my life, but everytime something comes up about time management, it makes me very uncomfortable.  I usually feel as though I should do a better job managing my time.  I am organized, and do things that need to be done.  I make time for things I enjoy, things that are important, things business related and personal related.  I think starting every day with the hike is a great idea.  I believe everything comes from the Lord, and no matter how much I try to create everything for myself, if it is not in His hands, it won't happen.  Thanks for this post, I truly loved it and glad to know I am not the only one out there like this!

Oct 17, 2017 05:40 AM #39
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