Time Management VS Inspiration Management

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Phoenix Property Shoppe AZ Broker BR030809000


October is a great month for reflecting! Grant Schneider's interesting challenge  Time Management Is Not A Time Management Issue intrigued me - a lot. Why? Because it caused me to pause and think about "Time Management" or lack there of when it comes to 'traditional' ways of thinking about this subject. I haven't used a "time management system" in many years and now I know why, thanks to Grant! I don't need one because it's all about mindset. I remember taking classes over the years teaching time blocking etc etc etc and it just never made a lot of sense to me. And clearly I never put one in place. That does not mean that I'm not organized. I am very organized and have systems in place that keep things flowing along easily - both in my home life and work life.


Time Management VS Inspiration Management


I am one of those types that knows what I want to create every day - happiness, inspiration and enjoyment - pretty simple yet powerful. I get up and look forward to what the day will bring! I have a general idea of what I want to accomplish but I don't define it in a 'strict sense'.  I do let my intuition take me where it leads me and some days I wonder - what the heck is this all about but I trust it will lead me on a path that brings in really interesting ideas or people. And it does.  I'm open and aware to possibilities.



For the last 25 years my inspiration has come from the time I spend out hiking for an hour or two most mornings. I walk along, with no thoughts on my mind, sometimes listening to music, being fully aware of the birds singing, the bunnies running and hiding, the gentle breezes, the other hikers....just being in the now moment. And from that now moment comes all kinds of cool inspirations - some business, some not. It all just pops up effortlessly. By the time my walk is over I'm renewed and excited about 'bringing it on'. Whatever 'it' is that day!



When Gary and I were first married he wasn't too sure about my seemingly lack of attention (or so he thought) to conventional 'engineer' thinking.  I remember him asking me why I thought it was a good idea to hike for 2 hours rather than getting to the office by 8:00.  At first I thought he was joking!  I thoughtfully explained that I have a general idea of what I want to create that day, that week, that year and I know it will come about, effortlessly. Well that probably sounds like mumbo jumbo to some folks and that's fine as everybody does what works for them.He soon figured out that things really did work out well for me - and us and he began to trust my intuition. By now he really gets 'it' and follows 'it' himself - a lot! Keep in mind he is an engineer!



I truly have discovered that it 'all' is created when I let things 'flow' rather than trying to force them or 'work' at it. I don't work. I get inspired and then I have fun creating - whatever! And that goes for my whole life - not just business stuff. Just like I sat down to write this post - I really had no idea of what I'd say or where it would go. What I did know is that it would POP out and when it felt right I'd know it.  So there you go - that's my so called time managment system - or lack there of!


Time Management VS Inspiration Management



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Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
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I don't plan tp try another way

Oct 10, 2017 07:09 AM #32
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Nature bathing!  Clears the mind and heart and sets a tone for the day. I am so envious, especially looking at these gorgeous shots of your walking places. I used to walk every morning when I lived in CA and that is the one thing I miss most of all.

Oct 10, 2017 11:26 AM #33
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


 I have my have to accomplish list and then I let the rest flow sometimes life takes over the have to do not get done! I follow your philosphy as well. Hiking in your neck of the woods I too would do!

Oct 11, 2017 12:10 PM #34
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Of course this is the way you work. You are an intuitive and creative soul - and smart to trust the moments will present you with the perfect opportunity to do what is needed. Inspiration is pretty good company with Nature - hikes and walks are a great gift and keep us centered. 

Oct 12, 2017 04:08 PM #35
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Anna, I like your time-management system... a lot!  And, can tell by the photos you get inspirations doing your 2-hour hiking. 

Oct 12, 2017 05:42 PM #36
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Anna- You have balance in your life and the importance of a strong and consistent workout can not be emphasized enough. Good for you!

Oct 13, 2017 02:22 PM #37
Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! - San Jose, CA
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Starting your day with exercise and fresh air in God's presence is a heavenly beginning!

Oct 13, 2017 08:43 PM #38
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

I don't like your post Anna, I love it!  This is how I have lived my life, but everytime something comes up about time management, it makes me very uncomfortable.  I usually feel as though I should do a better job managing my time.  I am organized, and do things that need to be done.  I make time for things I enjoy, things that are important, things business related and personal related.  I think starting every day with the hike is a great idea.  I believe everything comes from the Lord, and no matter how much I try to create everything for myself, if it is not in His hands, it won't happen.  Thanks for this post, I truly loved it and glad to know I am not the only one out there like this!

Oct 17, 2017 05:40 AM #39
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

OH, Anna Banana, I LOVE this post and have NO idea how I missed it!! 

I love, love, love that you converted Gary to your way of thinking - that's pretty impressive, considering that an engineer mind rarely wavers! I also agree with you - there's something about nature that gets the creative juices flowing and your hiking not only provides you with inspiration for your business but, incredible health benefits as well.

Did I say this is a freaking fantastic post, Anna?!! 

Oct 25, 2017 06:51 AM #40
Gary & Melynda Wolter (CRS) 480-269-1164
Evenson/Fisher Group-Revelation Realty - Mesa, AZ
Relentless, Reliable, Premiere Personal Service

I couldnt a gree with this more! I callm it energy management but same idea

 I teach it to many other agents. If you have no energy the time doesn't matter.

Oct 25, 2017 08:53 AM #41
Graig Griffin, SIOR
Pathfinder Institute - Salt Lake City, UT
Peer-Driven Master-Level Coaching and Mentoring

Just the title is a great reminder!  Nice work.

Oct 25, 2017 10:47 AM #42
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Personaaly I vote for inspiration management. Hiking is a great way to do that. Thanks!

Oct 25, 2017 12:21 PM #43
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

Anna--I really like your "system". Being creative with your thoughts and time sounds like my way of doing things. If I had to write a schedule with little time blocks, I would grow to hate my job. This way, I love what I do!

Oct 25, 2017 06:40 PM #44
Thom Abbott
MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI ...If I can ever get my feet to operate in the right fashion again, I hope to get back to walking. 


Oct 25, 2017 07:00 PM #45
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI ,

How I love the title, photos and your post! Being open and aware of possibilities is a gift and that inner voice of yours is a happy and positive voice!

Oct 26, 2017 04:07 AM #46
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Making better use of your time means study of the steps you take and removing the duplication overlap. There are always new ways to do what you do better. To work smarter not harder. When you are passionate about what you do, second winds, above and beyond happens in the time you free up that you previously wasted. You make more time, more minutes and hours in the day by how you use and fill what all of us have... 24/7/365.

Oct 26, 2017 05:35 AM #47
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

It is not healthy to not have time to breath, refresh and regain focus.

I love walking on the beach, My mind seems to find release there and becomes very creative.

Oct 26, 2017 05:58 AM #48
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Anna, your hike in the morning is like the 8 hour drive I take often back and forth from my northern California home to my office in Carmel-by-the-Sea. I've always equated it with "defragging" my brain - at the end of that day, it's amazing how much I've worked out in my head. Nowadays, I add uplifting music from my past for part of the trip.

Oct 26, 2017 07:42 AM #49
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

Walking at least 2 miles a day has probably saved many lives.  Mine, because it lowered my blood pressure, and many a lender, title co, appraiser, etc, because I was able to put things in perspective as I walked. 

Oct 26, 2017 05:33 PM #50
1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Anna, love this and can so relate.  I'm a "mood" person.  Take me where my mood lead s me today.  Of course there are things on the calendar that must be done on some days even if I'm not in the mood to do them, but life has to flow for me.

Dec 10, 2017 01:56 PM #52
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