First Monday of 2016 ~ Make it Count!

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First Monday of 2016 ~ Make it Count!


The holidays are behind us, many have made resolutions for 2016, the decorations are being taken down and now it is the first Monday of 2016! What can you do today to make this day and the remaining days of 2016 really count? I don't mean earth shattering things, just practical, realistic action items that can make a difference.


I have never been big on New Year Resolutions. What I do instead is to put together a good plan for each week and strive to accomplish what needs to be done. If something happens and I don't meet all of my weekly goals, I just adjust things for the next week.


So how do you make your days count? At the end of the day, if you have succeeded in completing the important tasks, most of us are satisfied. What about those "extra" things such as volunteer work, a good deed of the day, a phone call to someone who has been having a tough time? These are the things in my life that give me a lot of satisfaction.


As we all look to a new year today, perhaps take a moment to consider how to make it really count. When I simply mark items off of my list each day, I am going through the motions. When I can sit back and feel the warmth of a memory of the smile on someones face when I helped them, encouraged them or maybe just smiled at them is worth so much.


I plan to focus on making my days really count this year. As we all know, life can be fleeting and often cut short. Make your days count by feeling the immense satisfaction in knowing that you made a difference in another person's life today.




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   Paula L. McDonald ~ REALTOR®

        Granbury, Texas 

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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Paula, life is sweeter when we savor it one bite at a time.   We should all ask ourselves your your question, "Have you fully lived  today?"  May 2016 be all you want it to be!

Jan 04, 2016 02:40 PM #20
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Paula.  The first two blogs I opened up and both are features, Priceless..  New photo I see, what else is going to be new for you this year?  

Jan 04, 2016 06:59 PM #21
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Great ideas!

What about those "extra" things such as volunteer work, a good deed of the day, a phone call to someone who has been having a tough time? 

Jan 04, 2016 07:55 PM #22
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Yesterday I actually went into work to pick up my paycheck but spent about an hour there picking out fabrics for a couple that will be in later this week to purchase.  I figured why not be one step ahead of the game.

Jan 04, 2016 08:32 PM #23
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Paula McDonald ,

Congratulations on a well deserved featured post! Really like your new photo and your way of starting off the new year has lots of merit..thanks for sharing!

Jan 04, 2016 08:32 PM #24
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

I like your post Paula, it's very inspiring -  we should all make every day count. By the way, I really like your new photo!!

Jan 04, 2016 09:22 PM #25
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Happy New Year Paula. First, I love your new picture, I must have missed it? or is it new too? I woke up yesterday feeling tired, not rejuvenated....but I still got up and got going. Great day as it turns out. :)

Jan 04, 2016 10:19 PM #26
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When I hear someone say...I am having a bad day, is there such a thing?

Jan 04, 2016 11:34 PM #27
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Great post with which to welcome a new year. Every day counts, every day needs to be appreciated and enjoyed. Happy New Year, Paula.

Jan 05, 2016 01:17 AM #28
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S on your 1MIL milestone Paula and for this feature! Woohoo! And yes, making every day meaningful is oh-so important in this fast paced world. I showed homes yesterday and will again today, here WE GO!

Jan 05, 2016 02:25 AM #29
David Fox
Progressive Lending Solutions - Saint Paul, MN
Mortgage Loan Consultant

Excellent post Paula! I take a similar approach to my goals each week. There will always be the "must do" items that we are obligated to perform, but the real joy in life comes from doing something for others, just because you want to give something back. I volunteer each week to help my neighbors and loved ones, and it is the highlight of my week. This positive experience inspires me to keep a proper perspective in life and to treasure these moments when I can see how much a kind deed means to someone in need. That's good living!

Jan 05, 2016 03:22 AM #30
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

My first Monday was so awesome and busy that I am just reading this today!  Happy New Year!

Jan 05, 2016 04:00 AM #31
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Okay I spent the first Monday cleaning up my office and desk.  I also reached out to my most active prospects now that the Holidays are past.  

Jan 05, 2016 05:26 AM #32
Maya Garg * ASP/ASA/ABR/CNE/
Royal Lepage Signature Realty,Mississauga, Ontario - Mississauga, ON
Moving you Forward.... Buyers, Sellers, Investors

Thanks Paula for sharing a wonderful post.  Yes Monday was the day to greet and meet everyone in the office and wish them great 2016.  So here i wish all Active Rain members a great productive 2016.


Jan 05, 2016 08:14 AM #33
Kelly McGovern
Realty Concierge International - Bellingham, MA
Working with Kelly is a good move

Great post!  I've got my year starting out brilliantly!  So looking forward to 2016!

Jan 05, 2016 08:24 AM #34
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Happy New Year Paula! I am really excited to start 2016, have few things that are new on my plate, starting each day with a schedule keeps me on track. Congratulations on the feature!

Jan 05, 2016 09:42 PM #35
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

I just read this and thank you! You read my mind. That is also my mantra for this year. Make every day count. Thanks again!

Jan 05, 2016 10:28 PM #36
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

What a wonderful featured post and well deserved. We have to choose every day if we want to live it to the fullest or just take up some time in a 24 hour day.

Jan 06, 2016 09:13 AM #37
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Paula, right after the Holiday are over, we need to be ready to rock and roll.   If my goals were not met each week, the next week will be even busier!   Great post! 

Jan 09, 2016 05:07 AM #38
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

I have a plan for 2016, but I have also taking a second look to see what I can do to tweak it. Plans are ever evolving. 

Jan 11, 2016 03:12 AM #39
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