October Time Management Challenge

Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes


As I thought about what to write for this challenge on time management, I reflected on how often I hear of someone dying unexpectedly (this week-Tom Petty and Las Vegas shootings, for example).  Just about every day, I wake up and think:  this day could be my last.  So the older I get, the more I think of taking some time each day to focus on a task, an experience not considered a chore and enjoy it without guilt.


In my professional life, I keep myself organized the old fashioned way:  with a hand written, running ‘to do’ list. I have a paper calendar (nope, don’t want to do it on my phone) and regularly make notes of what needs to be done, by what date, and refer to it often during the day.  Sometimes I work ahead, sometimes I put a couple of items off.  But the point is, this list keeps me focused.


In my personal life, when the kids were younger, it seemed like I never had time for myself.  Every Mother’s  Day what I really wanted was a day totally to myself, in the house, to do what I wanted when I wanted to do it. Now that it’s just hubby and me, I’m trying to get organized and prepare for the next move (whenever that may happen) and get rid of stuff I don’t need or use.  This is pretty easy for me, not as easy for hubby—and he’s retired!!!  What usually motivates me for the household tasks is some sort of deadline:  family or friends coming for a visit (get the refrigerator cleaned out!) or vacation coming up (get that box of recipes organized and off the dining room table before leaving!).  Also, I will promise myself to do one ‘to do’ task over the weekend, like boxing up summer clothes and bring out the winter sweaters.  There is a real sense of accomplishment after checking off items on the every-expanding list so for me,  it’s usually pretty easy to get started on the job.


Finally, every day I will take some time for myself to do something I just feel like doing.  That could be watching a stand-up special on Netflix or baking cookies, perhaps a little   online shopping or planting some fall flowers.  I might call a past (older client) to see how they are doing or pack up a goodie box to send off to the daughter at college.    Perhaps I'll invite the neighbors over for a pot luck dinner --or sit on the patio and read.  It seems like it's those little things that can make your mood and give you a feeling of real living. 


So now that this blog is finished—it’s back to the list to see what I’m going to accomplish today!

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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

(Brookside/Armour Hills resident, local business supporter, NPR fan, Habitat ReStore volunteer, thankful for the gift of another day!)


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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good afternoon Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR - I really like you approach to time and how you balance it between professional and personal time.

Oct 09, 2017 12:26 PM #1
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Mary, your approach to household tasks sounds a lot like mine. I also agree that doing something for oneself every day is important. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and work should never usurp every part of one's day.

Oct 10, 2017 11:01 AM #2
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I like your approach, and love that you make sure you spend time on an activity just for you. I'm going to start doing that!

Oct 11, 2017 03:13 AM #3
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Mary, I love the fact you take time for yourself often, and everyone should do this.   A reason to live, not just to work.  Good luck on the move, if and when that happens.

Oct 15, 2017 05:51 AM #4
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


I wish I could concentrate on business but am consumed by the fire. Maybe when this is over, it will help put things in a better perspective. Thanks for your kind thoughts, cheers cvc

Oct 15, 2017 04:03 PM #5
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

Thanks for sharing this one Mary.  I think you have inspired me to get some additional things done.  I love the way you talk about spending your "me" time.  I usually try to watch a pureflix - chick flick.  Have a great day!

Oct 19, 2017 05:09 AM #6
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Mary! It seems like you have time management down-pat! I often (no, almost always!) neglect 'me' time and that is a constant struggle for me. 

I use my calendar to organize myself and that seems to work well for me. It took me forever to transition from the notepad checklists to online!

Great entry, Mary! Have a great week...

Oct 24, 2017 08:49 PM #7
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Would you come to my house and get me organized? You sound like you have it under control! We could spend a fun weekend filling boxes to take to the re-store, and you could see another part of the country! Think about it!! :)

Oct 27, 2017 08:41 AM #8
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