Stop Wasting Your Precious Time

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Stop Wasting Your Precious TimeOne of the best laws of nature, but not as well known as Murphy's Law is Parkinson's Law...and here's what it says:

"Work expands to fill the time available for its completion"   - Cyril Northcote Parkinson

To simplify the law..."Tasks take as long as you give them.  If you have an hour, it will take an hour.  If you have 20 minutes, it will take 20 minutes".

How Do You Waste Time?

Have you ever looked up only to find that the time has completely gotten away from you?  Whether you spent too much time chatting with a client, on social media, getting sucked in on the Internet or simply wasting time...please know that you are not alone.  While it is a little embarrassing, we've all wasted more time than we would like to admit.  A few months ago I kept a time log.  My task was to write down every activity I did and how much time it took.  I kept the log for two weeks.  Although I thought I was pretty good at managing my time, I found that I was super productive when I had to keep track of my time.  It's kind of like a food journal; you don't want to have to write down food you know you shouldn't be eating.  Since I didn't want to write down time wasting activities, I found that I had hours left in my day when I would actually relax.

Stay On Track With Time Blocking

As a real estate agent you are in control of scheduling your time.  While this concept sounds good at first glance, this blessing can quickly become a curse.  One way to stay on track is to practice time blocking.  There are certain activities you know that you must do each and every day:

  • Client Follow Up
  • Check the Multiple Listing Service
  • Check email
  • Return telephone calls
  • Prospect
  • Marketing Activities

Stay Focused

Since you have to do these things every day, time blocking will be easy to implement.  Give yourself "x" amount of time to complete these activities.  Time blocking is just that simple.  As Parkinson's Law states, our activities will take as much time to complete as we give them.  If you give them an hour, they will take an hour.  If you give them 8 hours, they will take 8 hours.  Time blocking keeps you focused and on track.  Yes, there will be days when you get thrown off your schedule, but those should be the exception, not the rule.

Control The Things You Can

Time blocking the activities you can control will allow you more time to schedule the parts of our jobs we can't control as easily.

  • Listing Presentations
  • Buyer Presentations
  • Writing, presenting and negotiating offers
  • Taking clients to view properties

Time is a very precious commodity.  Once it's gone, it's gone.  Successful real estate agents know this and realize that time blocking is critical to their success and have systems in place so they use their time wisely.

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Bruce Hicks
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Good morning Candy Miles-Crocker this was discussed in the 1969 book called The Peter Principle too.  Happy Easter Holiday!

Apr 02, 2015 11:34 PM #1
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Great information. Thank you for sharing. It is easy for us to create bad habits, so we need to be aware.

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