A day in the life-The perfect real estate day

Real Estate Agent with The Virtual Real Estate Team 104556

Life as we know if full of distractions, and as someone who grew up in the 50s and 60s, the current state of distraction with the web thrown in has reached the level of high art. It is a terrible thing that when 7:00 pm hits us that sometimes we ask ourselves where has the day gone and did I really accomplish anything? I will say that there are good distractions, like when someone contacts you and say I want you to send the contract at list price, so let me define when a distraction is negative, and that is when it breaks momentum, because momentum is hard to get back on track. For that reason I want to describe the perfect day in real estate for me, and I promise you I have come close at times, so here goes:

6:00AM internal time clock: I am blessed(cursed) with an internal time clock as is my wife who is my real estate partner. First we acknowledge each other with a kiss(best way to start the day as well as to stay married), then we have formed the habit of sharing what good we can do that day. There are times when the negative rolls in but we do a good job of filtering each other to get around to this, if there is one thing that we could do today that makes the whole day worthwhile, what would that be?

6:15AM: The next thing we do is to first hydrate with at least 24 ounces of water. The brain is the human organ that has the most water and we believe this helps brain power and dehydration is a negative. After that we separate and have our moment of solitude and meditation as we work on positive mantras for the day.

6:30AM: Time to start my drug my drug of choice, coffee, but first my wife and I compare our schedules, sync the schedule of our property manager, as well as the young REALTOR® who handles our listings.

6:50AM: Oh, the first cup taste gooood! Along with that is my homemade granola with either bananas or blueberries with almond milk. I am now fueled up and ready to go, but only after my second cup.

7:20AM: Time to hit the computer and check for email. Email is still important to me because I know that I have in my in box, Israeli investors 8 hours ahead of me, or Californians two hours behind me with request, need for information, or for updates. Email is still the end of the contract cycle as well as the beginning of it and we don't like verbal communications because we want written correspondence in our files. Time to answer and to send off the to do list.

8:30AM: This is exercise time. When I was younger I could do a 5:30AM exercise routine before going to my retail stores, but now as a retirement age business person, this is a great time. I do either a spin class which is fast and furious, yoga which kicks my ass, or in good weather doing a ten mile bike ride. It is amazing what ideas come to you while totally focused on pounding your body into shape. I do a 5:00 spin class downtime's as a bonus on slower days.

10:00AM: This is what I call the hour of power because this time is dedicated to the toughest problems I have to face. None of us like negative situations and the urge to procrastinate is strong, but rather than going for the easy stuff, get the crap stuff out of the way. This is proactive because if you don't the crap doubles in size when it comes back to bite you.

11:00AM: Lunch! Did I tell you I love to eat? It is why I need to exercise although my wife is an organic vegan that holds me back and thanks dear. Also, almost everyday I have the same thing which is organic udon soup with a little chicken thrown in. The Udon is shipped in from Amazon like a lot of things we would get at a supermarket or Walgreen's, but the less activity for everyday stuff the better. I know this sounds boring but we make a ton of decisions daily so not having to make this one adds up to my desire to embrace simplicity.

12:00PM: Now it is free time that can be anything. I may read, play a game, watch John Oliver, or brainstorm a new idea. You have to have breaks and you need to have fun. One free time day my wife and I planned our Italian two week getaway. reward yourself and that is where the next two hours is going:

1:00PM: Pomodoro time. That is Italian for tomato and was the name of a mechanical timer that looked like a tomato with the clock part in the middle. A college student turned it into an app and this is how it works. I set 4 "pomodoros" at 25 minutes each which is the default setting but you can customize some versions. I believe that if you put a limit on a task, your mind will follow. That task could be a blog, designing a You Tube video, researching key words, creating a presentation, what ever is needed and important, designated and planned for. You get a 5 minute break, so yes I do have to go to the bathroom sometimes, but I also do something else in this period, I change my voice mail to say I will be in an important meeting and will return calls at 3:30 or give a number for a team member if urgent. The reason for 3:30 is after you accomplish your pomodoros you get 30 minutes free time. Good time for an outside walk, besides my toy poodle loves this break.

4:00PM: If I am lucky this is only one hour of time but this is back to emails, phone calls, clean up the messes, and look at the to do list to make sure nothing reaches three stars. Three stars equal three days, so I do this on what I haven't got done because who can do everything on time but three days is too much so I focus on two stars first, the one. This way I am more able to look forward rather than back.

5:00PM: This starts the last hour of my business day. The idea of working 80 hours a week has no appeal to me and yes I used to be that person. Now I find that with this structure I can do in 40 hours what it used to take 80 hours to do. Very often this is when my wife and I connect again at our home office and in stead of speaking up one room apart we sit down together. If we don't have important tasks unfinished we can go over our day. yes it is OK to say how was your day without it being a cliche because then it becomes our day. We know we can always do better so this is a great time to put a period on the day.

6:00PM: We head to Whole Foods almost every day because we believe in fresh so dinner is being purchased and we know what we need before we go, our meal plan is also structured, and because this is daily we hit the express checkout. It is close by and by 6:30pm we can read or cuddle, or...I'll stop there. Doing it this way gives us a flexible and fun weekend because we don't believe in the seven day work week. Our business is totally on out of state and out of country investors with bulk sales so we moved out business in this direction to have a great business but more importantly, have a great life. This didn't come easy and is the accumulation of 26 years of trial and error but it is a wonderful place to be.

The Perfect Day Coda: Of course i wish this happened exactly like that every day but staying the course creates more days just like this. We don't have to have clients run us ragged, we don't have to accommodate everyone because we think that is our job. A Farris Bueller reminded us, life is short and enjoy it while you can. So in closing as a 60's musical style person I want to share the perfect song about the perfect day by one of my favorites, Lou Reed. 







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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I'm not much of a creature of habit, but I wish I were!  I think your a whole lot more productive than I am because you are!

Nov 19, 2016 06:23 AM #2
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Joe Pryor Interesting day I start it out with coffee the news email and AR ..AR if time allows

Nov 19, 2016 08:02 AM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a way to start and continue the day.  I am glad you are planning a trip to Italy, and like you we shop daily...I agree freshest is best.  A

Nov 19, 2016 08:38 AM #4
Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker - Chelan, WA
A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!

I too love a structured day/week. When do you fit in inspections, buyer tours, listing presentations, open houses? Or do you have team members handle that for you? 


Nov 19, 2016 09:55 AM #5
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Joe, I also enjoyed reading your daily routine....very impressive! We went to Italy in 2006 for 3 weeks loved it!

Nov 19, 2016 11:33 AM #6
James (Jim) Lawson, DBA
DomainRealty.com LLC - Bonita Springs, FL
Broker Associate, RSPS, BPOR, HI & PE

It's called control Joe! You've mastered it.

Nov 19, 2016 12:03 PM #7
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Some days just feel like they're made out of rainbows and diamonds and others not so much. When a good day happens, cherish it.

Nov 19, 2016 03:14 PM #8
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Joe.  I could tell when we first saw each other you were a man with a plan.  Organized and on time.  Love it just love it, congrats on the feature.

Nov 19, 2016 06:32 PM #9
Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for the blog!!!

There are good distractions, like when someone contacts you and say I want you to send the contract at list price, when a distraction is negative, and that is when it breaks momentum, because momentum is hard to get back on track.

Nov 19, 2016 08:52 PM #10
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Joe Pryor ,

Thanks for your blog. I'm enjoying reading the different posts on days in the life of a Realtor. You like structure and it works for you..I too have structure and it works well for me. We all own our business so can work how we want, when we want and make as much or as little as we want! I love that!!

Nov 19, 2016 09:12 PM #11
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Always interesting to see how others run their day, thank you, and their businesses.

Nov 19, 2016 09:21 PM #12
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

Good Morning Joe.  I enjoy reading your posts as they are positive, motivating and sprinkled with the humor that makes me smile.  Great job on this one and thanks for the inspiration.

Nov 19, 2016 10:11 PM #13
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

I'm such a coffee addict Joe.. my day doesn't start until I've had 2 cups. But! Then I'm ready to tackle it all. I love, love, love your morning routine, the fresh cooking, the daily work-outs.. I believe in all 3, too (except, my morning involves 2 children instead of a spouse but I'm totally fine with that). 

I'm intrigued by the Pomodoro Time.. thank you for that tip! I'm going to have to implement it. 

Nov 20, 2016 01:38 AM #14
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We all have different ways to start the day but the common denominator for most of us is that wake-up cup of coffee.  After that the schedule takes on a different look

Nov 20, 2016 01:46 AM #15
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

My days usually are like a bag with every thing thrown in and then shake it, twice. My mornings are the only thing that is the same Joe Pryor, because no one else is in to make a mess of my day yet 

Nov 20, 2016 06:39 AM #16
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Any day where we have Show, offer, accept is a very good day!

Nov 20, 2016 07:13 AM #17
Kathryn Acciari
Cameron Real Estate Group - Shrewsbury, MA
RSPS, SRS, REALTOR(R) Sturbridge-Shrewsbury MA

Joe, you are tireless. I so admire your idea of a perfect day. I hope you get a high percentage of them each week.

Nov 20, 2016 09:56 AM #18
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The day remains the ultimate gift of all....

Nov 20, 2016 10:58 PM #19
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Congratulations on your feature recognition. Thanks for sharing your typical day.

Nov 21, 2016 11:11 PM #20
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Absolutely have to say that I love how you start your day...with a kiss and a positive vibe! However, 6am is WAY too early for me!

I agree about handling the crap stuff and getting it out of the way. I call that "eating a frog". There's a great book "Eat that frog" that talks about that very thing. If you do the hard stuff first, everything else is easy!

After years of hard work, you deserve the perfect day!

Nov 29, 2016 09:37 AM #21
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