It helps to be a morning person for successful time management.

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268


Real Estate is a profession in which we handle so many tasks, that we need to organize our days in such a way that we get everything done...and then some.

It's not enough that we take care of our current clients' needs, whether they are looking for a home, selling a home, or are in escrow where "time is of the essence".

This normally takes up each and every day, depending on how good you are at scheduling.

Oh, yes, clients and escrows will throw you "curve balls" that will derail the best of plans--and your day.

Or worse yet, will cancel, not show up at all, get "cold feet" or any number of other ways to make your day stressful.


We can't take for granted that future clients will (1) call you at all, or (2) all nicely spaced so as not to show up all at once. The months go by at a rapid pace in this business, and the overhead needs to be paid.


1. Networking: It's not enough to just go out there and shake people's hands while walking to the post office, but go to functions, follow up with personal leads, and generally talk to a whole lot of people. This has been a primary focus of mine this year!

2. Websites: I have several real estate related ones, plus quite a few "community" ones that I keep updated and on which I advertise myself. I tend to bunch up my work on them, it's not an every day thing because it tends to eat up hours.

3. Blogging: My main one is ACTIVERAIN. Some months I tend to be more prolific in my writing. But I do try to go there at least once a day, just to check in and see what's happening and comment on others blogs.

4. Keeping up with past clients: I am not one to send out email blasts and leave it at that. I will get in touch personally to see what's happening in their lives, and chat. It's amazing what business leads I've gotten that way.

5. Advertising and public relations: For most of the past 10 months, I've done some high profile print advertising. Now I'm following that up with "publicity" wherever I can. Free plugs with my name.

6. Joining business groups: I've never been much of a "joiner" but am rethinking that again for next year. One of them is the Chamber of Commerce. I used to belong, then dropped out when I didn't see any direct benefit. But am willing to give it another shot and this time by not being a "passive" member.


Well, I wanted to point out all the different aspects of my real estate brokerage that eats up my days with the result that I'm having a banner year,


I get up early in the morning and start right in doing all the "ugly" tasks first, you know, the ones that would be fun to push off until later in the day. Only thing is, I find that as my day progresses, I start losing control of it because UNEXPECTED TASKS are thrown in my way that NEED TO BE DONE TODAY.


Like many other people, I keep my phone close at hand at all times, check emails often, text short messages to respond to people who need encouragement or an answer right away or, if I have to make a call, excuse myself, go outside and make that call. My clients appreciate the service.

Let me give you an example of my day yesterday, a beautiful day:

Rather than lying around the house, a friend and I took a stroll around Carmel-by-the-Sea, having a great brunch followed by visiting our retail store owner friends--who usually work it themselves on Sundays. When patrons follow us in, we leave (an unwritten rule) so they can service them. In the meantime, my phone kept ringing because agents wanted to schedule last minute showings of my oceanfront beach listing and others. My friend, in the meantime, had to deal with her clients who were air freighting FEMA shipments to the Carribbean. So all of us "time managed" what we had to do, yet we all enjoyed the day as well.

Have a great week.


This is my entry into the Activerain October contest about time management.




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Hella Rothwell at Carmel Beach during Concours WeekCarmel-by-the-Sea Beach and Pebble Beach Golf Course California

Whether buying or selling oceanfront, oceanview, commercial or any type of real estate in Carmel, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Carmel Valley and Big Sur, I can help you. Call me and let's meet in my Carmel-by-the-Sea office in Su Vecino Court on Dolores between 5th & 6th.

Or we can just chat on the phone to discuss your real estate needs.

Are you out of the area? No problem, I often never even meet my clients. The whole transaction is handled long distance.

As an independent real estate broker licensed in California and Hawaii, I can represent you with residential real estate, commercial properties & investment opportunities.

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Hella Mitschke Rothwell (R)

Real Estate Broker/Owner/Realtor®
Licensed in California #01772851 & Hawaii #RB-21268

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

Like you, I am also a morning person.  I enjoy jumping out of bed at dawn, getting as many tasks out of the way early, and then having breathing room in the afternoon.

Oct 02, 2017 04:53 PM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® - good job.  You always have to juggle balls and knowing priorities lets you know which ones must stay in the air.

Oct 03, 2017 06:10 AM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hella- I agree...I'm a morning person and like to get everything out of the way that I know needs to be done. 

Oct 03, 2017 07:07 AM #6
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® 

Carpe Diem!!! You start your day by opening up your eyes. Time management and everything else then falls into place because you are disciplined. What you have shared is a recipe for success. 

Hella, I have always admired the fact that you operate your business in both CA and Hawaii. But life isn't just about business. There are so many other personal items that need to be tended to and many people can't even manage one office and home, let alone two or more. Your success speaks for itself. I'm convinced, it is because you have lived a structured life, living well, by respecting others, and tending to where each need takes top priority.

Your entry clearly defines you as a phenomenal woman, a true leader in the industry with a genuine heart and soul. Thank you for sharing!

Oct 03, 2017 07:27 AM #7
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

You are well organized and seem to have the mindset that keeps things in perspective. I also respect that you live your life fully. Good for you.D 

Oct 03, 2017 11:34 AM #8
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

You  eat healthy and take down time too. Both are important to having balance in a day.

Oct 03, 2017 07:27 PM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello my friend,  I am a morning person and get more things always done doing my power hour in he morning.  Keep it up!


Oct 04, 2017 09:47 AM #10
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hella, you seem so balanced   I am trying to get up earlier and start my day...I find it really does help.

Oct 04, 2017 12:22 PM #11
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

You sure do have this TIME THING in TWO ZONES under control Hella. Still working on capturing more for myself!

Oct 05, 2017 12:00 PM #12
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Way to go in having a jam-packed day but without being overwhelemed. Getting up early is not what I prefer but it certainly has great benefits!

Oct 17, 2017 04:53 PM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Such a beautifully written post, Hella! There is SO much to this post - but, in the end, it's all about time management in this business, isn't it? Doing so allowed you to enjoy nice strolls around Carmel-by-the-Sea with friends too! 

Oct 17, 2017 05:20 PM #14
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Hella, you live such a balanced life. I love that you fit it a nice meal (healthy too) and a stroll while still taking care of business. I like to get up early too, seems to be when I'm most productive. Once emails start flowing and the phone starts ringing it's hard to take care of the paperwork type of tasks.

Oct 18, 2017 05:02 AM #15
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Hella -- Balance is a good thing and you seem to have mastered it quite well.  In real estate and most importantly, in life.     

Oct 18, 2017 06:31 AM #16
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Hella. I too am a morning person and get my ugly stuff done first as well.

Oct 18, 2017 07:10 AM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Hella

A strong sense of organization, planning, and calmness shines through this post!


Oct 22, 2017 07:35 AM #18
Luke Acree
ReminderMedia - King of Prussia, PA
Making Agents Memorable

Early mornings can be the most productive time of the day.

Nov 01, 2017 10:58 AM #19
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

I agree Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® but I may be biased as I am a morning person as well!

Nov 05, 2017 09:54 PM #20
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

You are a very busy lady and you manage it all so well!  Your success speaks to your ability to do that.  I'm a morning person also. 

Dec 10, 2017 05:22 AM #21
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I also get a lot done first thing in the morning, and then if the day gets a bit crazy later, it's okay because I already did the things I "had to" do.  I'm glad I'm a morning person. It is definitely helpful.

Jun 16, 2018 04:10 AM #22
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Hella

I came back to read this, thanks to Carol's feature. There are some really good ideas here that we all could benefit from, including your thoughts on time management. It's a critical thing to do effectively or we lose control...and sometimes no matter what we do that can happen!


Jun 16, 2018 10:21 AM #23
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