Productivity Tips for Getting Ahead

Real Estate Agent with Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 CA BRE# 01261476

Top 12 Productivity Tips for 2012

"Being busy doesn't always mean real work. Seeming to do is not doing" Thomas Edison

  1. Stay healthy. The first wealth is health. Eat right, adequate sleep, exercise & drink water! Feeling good =more sales. What you eat, what you drink, what you read, what you listen to, what you watch all falls under "garbage in, garbage out".
  2. Schedule your week. Have a daily action plan. Purposeful Activities. When are you starting work, ending your day, family time, appointments, calls, etc. Create focus, save energy, live on purpose. Go to work with a purpose & a plan. Avoid the torment of last minute choices. Take your calendar and put in all your personal events now before you have an "uh-oh!". Block out your lunch hour, birthdays, anniversaries, days off, vacations, kids school/sports events etc. Schedule all your regular meetings now too. This prevents from double booking or missing the priorities.
  3. Work in time blocks. Concentrate and focus for designated periods of time. 90 minute increments are what Top Producers do, then they take a short break. 90 minutes is the optimal work to rest ratio.
  4. Eliminate Distractions. How long can you go without your cell phone? A computer mouse? i-Pad? Technology is a tool and a gift to the productive who knows how to use them properly and a curse for the amateur. Can you commit to only 90 minutes per day with no cell phone or computer while you focus on an "A" activity like lead generation during your money hours?
  5. JUST SAY "NO". The disease to please. Protect your time and say no to interruptions. Put a "do not disturb" sign on your door, phone, e-mail, etc.
  6. Avoid office energy drainers: DRAMA!Don't be seduced by drama. Your energy is better focused on activities that get results. But focus on the activities, not the results. Avoid the gossip and "misery loves company" club.
  7. Steer clear of time zappers. These prevent productivity: voicemail, e-mail, social media, surfing the net, answering text & calls as they come in. All these make you feel like you are working, but there is a big difference between ACTIVITY and PRODUCTIVITY. Time block when you'll reply to messages & e-mails, it takes far less time to return calls, texts & e-mails than it does to answer them as they arrive.
  8. Concentrate on the most important, not the most urgent. HUH? Yep, most emergencies solve themselves an hour later in our industry. The urgency is only in the moment. Important focus is energizing, urgent focus is draining. First things first as S Covey says in Habit #3 of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
  9. Recharge. 24/7 is for amateurs. When you are off, be off. I don't answer my work-phone past 6PM weekdays nor on Sundays and my clients know it. My clients get me 12 hours a day, 6 days per week; my family about 3-4 hrs during the workdays, but all day Sunday; I feel no guilt. (Yes, I start at 6AM). Take a day off each week. I don't work Sundays, haven't in 9 years. The world, nor my career has ended. In fact I've out performed every year in business since 2008. It took me that long to follow this advice I know share with you. You can't give your best, if you are not at your best.
  10. Invest in yourself. If you aren't willing to invest in the person standing in your shoes, why should others? You are your biggest asset, invest in you! Books, classes, seminars, etc.
  11. Don't go it alone. Ask for help. Get a coach or an accountability partner. Find or create a mastermind group, networking group or industry alliance. The only self made man is the one who forgets who helped him along the way.
  12. Enjoy the journey. There's no actual finish line except the one we're all trying to avoid-the dirt nap. So take it in along the way or you may miss it-life. Don't die with your music still in you, sing like no one is listening as the saying goes. If you love someone, tell them now. If you need to thank someone for making a difference in your life, tell them now. If you need to lose weight, start now, etc. We all get only so many heartbeats and then we're gone. How many do you have left?
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Maggie McFarland
RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland - Pearland, TX
Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas

These are great tips Thomas! Thank you for sharing! Have a great week!

Jan 22, 2012 07:07 AM #1
Raymond Kennedy
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Orland Park, IL

Inspiring post! We should all read something like this daily.

Jan 22, 2012 07:28 AM #2
Derek McClintock
C2 Financial - San Diego, CA

This is a great list you have. Thanks for posting. I really like #3 and #4. Good luck this year!

Jan 25, 2012 01:36 PM #3
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I'm happy to share the good stuff with you all, thanks for your comments, your views & support.

This is the training I get, then I go out and train others. Give it out in slices and it comes back in loaves.

Jan 30, 2012 11:59 PM #4
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