Time Blocking - Put Balance Back Into Your Life

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Mortgage and Lending
 


Have you ever had your day end and wonder where it went? Have you ever been frustrated by how reactive you have been to "emergency" situations that significantly reduced your productivity?

Many of us have experienced this to an excessive degree in our business practices. One of the greatest ways to eliminate the reactive state we find ourselves in is to practice the art of Time Blocking. Time Blocking is about scheduling your day with purpose, making sure the things you need to get done DO get done. This applies to work and personal activities. Remember, the more proactive you are with your day, the less reactive you will be.

Dedicate yourself to the following exercise for 2 weeks. Each morning, start off by blocking your entire day in ½ hour increments. The result might look something like this:

8:30 - 9:00 Check emails and voice mail
9:00 - 9:30 Return calls
9:30 - 10:00 Prospect for new business
10:00 - 10:30 Staff meeting
10:30 - 11:00 Check voice mail and return calls
11:30 - Noon Strategies new business planning
Noon - 12:30 Return calls
12:30 - 1:00 Break for lunch
1:00 - 1:30 Return calls
1:30 - 2:00 Meet with client

The key to this type of planning is to check your voice mail and email each hour and return messages promptly. The reason is simple: If you let too much time lapse before you respond to your client, it will tear you away from your time blocking schedule. The temptation to check the red light blinking on your phone, or respond to that electronic voice saying, "You've got mail," will be too great to resist. Remember, time blocking is about commitment. The more you live your days proactively, the more work you will get done.

 


Pennsylvania: Licensed by the PA Department of Banking as a First Mortgage Banker and licensed pursuant to the PA Secondary Mortgage Loan Act. New Jersey: Licensed by the N. J. Department of Banking and Insurance Maryland: Authorized Mortgage Lender by the State of Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation. Florida: Licensed Mortgage Lender by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation. Delaware: Licensed Lender by the Delaware Office of the State Bank Commissioner.



Karl Peidl
Lincoln Mortgage Company
251 Bellevue Avenue, Suite 102
Hammonton, NJ 08037

kpeidl@linc-mort.com

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Pat Champion
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This is so true we do have to have balance in our schedules when we do we accomplish a lot more in the day.

Jul 27, 2009 09:15 AM #1
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Brian Burke
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We have just this past weekend talked about time blocking as we it's been crazy hectic around here. ~Rita

Jul 27, 2009 09:56 AM #2
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
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It is imparitive that we use time blocking or we will never get a hold of our careers!

Jul 27, 2009 10:22 AM #3
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Li Read
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A good script to follow!    Thanks for sharing.

Jul 27, 2009 12:16 PM #4
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Karl Peidl
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Pat - It's all about managing our day instead of our day managing us.

Jul 28, 2009 03:33 AM #5
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Karl Peidl
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Rita - That's great timing.  I hope this post helps.

Jul 28, 2009 03:36 AM #6
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Karl Peidl
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Tony & Darcy - You are absolutely right.  I find that customers understand that we must structure our days and are okay working our schedules.

Jul 28, 2009 03:41 AM #7
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Karl Peidl
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Thanks Li.  I hope you find it helpful.

Jul 28, 2009 03:43 AM #8
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
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Good post Karl - it's great to see somebody 'young' like you get it all ready.  Some of my agents struggle with time blocking. Such a no brainer to me!

Jul 28, 2009 01:33 PM #9
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Karl Peidl
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Thanks Anna.  It definitely takes discipline, but is well worth the effort.

Jul 29, 2009 03:18 AM #10
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