The Subject Of This Blog Is: AHHHHHHH!!!

Mortgage and Lending with Loan Officer Marketing Lab/ Real Estate Marketing Lab

I'm one of those obnoxious guys that is up every morning at 4:30 a.m. It's a great time to get in a workout, jog for a few miles, and clear the mind for the day. This morning I was sitting on the porch watching as the night sky was chased away by rising sun - It's amazing how much of a difference 15 minutes makes! Why was I sitting on the porch watching this? Well, I've generally found that when I get myself into a rut, when I begin to feel overwhelmed with the demands of running multiple blogs, websites, responding to emails, posting on Twitter, LinkedIn etc - It helps to give myself a change of pace - If only for a little while.

I do quite a bit of writing. Blogging, emails, presentations, seminars, how to guides, reports, web-copy,  AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH... Ever felt like that before? I have. Yet something is deceptively simple as giving your brain a few moments to enjoy a new sensation, surrounding, and stimuli can have an amazing impact! That's what I did this morning. As I jogged I was contemplating that my inbox registered 178 unread emails before I went to bed last night.I also had the nwelcome reminder that I need to prepare a 64 slide presentation for business owners to be delivered tomorrow at 2:30 - Ugh...

I actually enjoy all of these activities, but toss all of them into the same bucket with a heaping mixture of phones ringing off the hook and deadlines to be met and it's easy to find yourself typing AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH all over again. Do you operate at your best when rushed, stressed, and feeling over-worked? Not many of us do. Sometimes I can feel the creativity just melt away when I feel there's too much to be done, and I've already delegated plenty to my assistants. What to do?

Go watch the sunrise - Have dinner at a new locaion with foods you've always wanted to try, experience new music, ponder the unponderables, and laugh a whole heck of a lot at a funny show or movie. I'm telling you it works. I often feel like a broken record with what I type and teach, but then I realize that it's just me. I'm subjecting myself to the same old messages and surroundings over and over again, and the brain reaches a limit. Simply taking a 30 minute jog around the neighborhood at 4:30 a.m. with everything so quiet and peaceful was a great relief for me. I tossed in a 15 minute session of watching the sun rise, and I suddenly felt rejuvenated! Was this a career-changing experience? Nope. That's not what I was looking for, just a momentary pause while I found and pressed the "reset" button. I must say I'm feeling good today...

Chad Weber
Free Real Estate Marketing Lab --- it's Coming...

Comments (7)

Jim Crawford
Maximum One Executive REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR

For lack of a better way to describe it...I call it "Brain freeze!"

Aug 26, 2009 11:30 PM
Chris Hill
Century 21 New Millennium - California, MD
Your Southern Maryland Real Estate Professional

Just a little "break"in your day... I used to work with a HIGHLY successful gentleman, everyday for lunch he would leave and take 45 minutes. Most of us wondered how he kept his day going so effectively. Years later when I ran into him, he said "You have to take a mental break, for your mind to be at its peak!"

Aug 26, 2009 11:38 PM
Susan Brown
Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too) - Kingwood, TX

You know it's funny that we need to be reminded to take a brief respite & reset our brains!  But you are so right, a pause that really get the creative juices flowing again.  Thanks! 

Aug 27, 2009 12:41 AM
Sharon Senger
tcDocs - Seattle, WA
Licensed Transaction Coordinator


As always very insightful.  In the evening I like to go ride my horse on the trails it is so peaceful and she is such a good listener.


Aug 27, 2009 02:57 AM
Douglas Fischer
East Oahu Realty - Selling Honolulu, Hawaii Condos - Honolulu, HI

Also, try Google Alerts.  Give it a few topics or subjects and you'll receive email about what was recently found on the internet.  It's a great, automatic source of ideas!!!  No More AAAAAAHHHHHs.

Aug 27, 2009 08:09 AM
Lauren Briles
The Briles Company - Greenville, SC

I completely understand the AAHHH feeling!  I have started getting up early the last couple of months to run and definitely makes a big difference in the day!!  Glad to know that I am not the only one with the AAHHH feeling!!  Hope you have a PRODUCTIVE AND EMPOWERED FRIDAY!  Thanks for sharing!!

Aug 27, 2009 11:44 PM
Chad Weber
Loan Officer Marketing Lab/ Real Estate Marketing Lab - O'Fallon, MO

Thanks for all the comments! Hope you all had a restful weekend! Sitting here with a slice of St. Louis style thin crust pizza enjoying the evening. :)


CW -

Aug 30, 2009 12:35 PM