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Five Tips To Design An Amazing December!

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Well, it's here, isn't it? Another December! The great news is that each of us still here too. We haven't starved. We have food. We have an unlimited range of possibility. AND, it ain't like it used to be, is it? Since we just celebrated all the things we have to be thankful for...that's a great energy to take into December. But...having an amazing December could be enhanced by some good design, or you may find it chaotic and unproductive.

Five Tips To Design An Amazing December:

1. Schedule The Time OFF - You know there are going to be lots of distractions this month, so take out the calendar for the month and put in all the days OFF you are going to take. And don't feel compelled to fill it all up. Just Say "NO" to those parties or activities you REALLY don't want to do.

2. Leave about 20% whitespace - Surprises will show up, both personal and business, so leave some room to fit more in without scrunching it into a completely full calendar.

3. Plan your client contacts - Will you be making personal visits to take by poinsettias, cookies or calendars? Will you be calling to wish people Happy Holidays? Since you have your time off scheduled, you can look at when you ARE going to work and make it super-productive!

4. Complete Your Business Plan for 2010 - You will be happy in January to hit the ground running, knowing what you want and the strategies to get there. (My Awesome Year Plan and Really Simple Business Planning TeleConference could help!)

5. Use Joeann's Rule of 3 - Each day, ask yourself, "What are the 3 most important items I could do?" This reprioritizes and recalibrates as you go along so each day you can look at what you need to do to be productive instead of just busy!

One of the most important ways you can make December, as well as every day, enjoyable is to heighten your awareness of what you say. As my friend, Mike Dooley says, "Thoughts become things." Are you projecting the outcome you want when you speak? Or are you focusing on negative outcomes you don't want? One of the most powerful tools to success is the intention and focus on what you do want!

Picture the best December you've ever had getting ready to unfold:

  • There will be parking spaces everywhere you go!
  • Everything you need to buy will be on Sale!
  • You'll find or think of the exact right gifts to buy or make (we are MAKING a lot this year!)
  • You'll have unexpected clients show up (and we all know the ones out looking in December are GOOD ones!)
  • You'll be relaxed, not stressed...striving for joy rather than perfection!
  • What else would make it wonderful for you? (Design it in!)
Posted by

Suzy Morris
The Morris Team - Carlsbad, CA

Joeann-  I love #2.  When I'm making my "to do" lists, I usually cross off 1/3 right off the bat.  I guess that's how I create my white space!

Dec 02, 2009 02:47 AM
Sarah Eubanks
Hill Valley Financial Services - Oregon City, OR
Preferred Oregon Loan Consultant & Notary Public

Thanks, Joeann!  :-)  I am going to visit the links about designing a business plan, too.  It is always good to keep it fresh!  Have a Happy Christmas!

Dec 02, 2009 02:48 AM
Ted Tyndall
Davidson Realty Inc. - Saint Augustine, FL
I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy

Joeann, good post. Especially number 4 needs to already be done.

Dec 02, 2009 02:50 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Goals are good and now is the time for 2010.  I'll look into your 3 1-hour coaching sessions - currently my broker and 3 of us agents get together every other week for an"Idea Group." but the next session is supposed to be about 2010 goals as well.

Dec 02, 2009 02:51 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Great post & thanks for setting those wheels in motion. Smell the smoke?

Dec 02, 2009 02:58 AM
Pat O'Reilly
RE/MAX..214-289-6176 Irving and all of Dallas Fort Worth - Irving, TX

Good information!! I like planning for whitespace..is that the snow days??

Dec 02, 2009 04:03 AM
Pat Argo
Keller Williams Realty of Brevard - Titusville, FL

     Thanks JoeAnn! Your reminders are wonderful!

#1 is all set. And you are so right, now is the time to say "NO Thank You" to some gatherings.

#2. Is an automatic given learned long ago. Any time you have the entire day or weekend totally planned out, somethings gotta give!

#3.This is the spoke I am focusing on this week!

#4.My Plan is Done!

#5.I just plugged that into my electronic planner to recur all year... or until it totally becomes a new habit!

I hope you also have an awesome year, my Friend!

Dec 03, 2009 02:58 AM
Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents

Suzy Sounds like you are good at knowing the difference between busy and productive! Not doing things that don't need to get done is a great way to create white space!

Sarah Thank you. Fresh perspectives are often exactly what we need to not ork harder but smarter! Merry Chrstmas to you too!

Ted yep! It does need to be done by now or you lose the monthy of January...

Margaret Accountability and people to brainstorm with are very good tools to help! Smart Lady!

Don Good for you! Hope your 2010 will be the best year ever. Sounds like you are positioning yourself for that!

Dec 03, 2009 04:38 AM
Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents

Lyn Yes! The smoke just wafted by! You GO GIRL!!!!

Pat LOL We don't have that stuff in AZ!!!! But I bet snow days create white space..had a coaching client that always said blizzards were the best time to make prospecting calls because everyone was home!!

And my dear friend Pat! Thanks for coming by! Sounds like you are right on track!!!! your energy and focus sound strong and great! Hope your 2010 will be amazing!

Dec 03, 2009 04:44 AM