Time Management Does Not Mean Firm Schedules

Mortgage and Lending with George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages NMLS #65149

Grant Schneider is hosting an ActiveRain Contest this month titled "October Contest - Time Management Is Not A Time Management Issue".  Grants challenge would normally be a tough one for me, but there were two statements in his introduction to this contest that really put this contest in prospective for me.

The first statement Grant made which started to put everything in the proper prospective for me was:

"Time management is a mindset and a lifestyle"

I can't operate my life on a schedule.  Schedules do not have the flexibility I require to accomplish what I need to do each day, and the twist and turns which are encountered.  But I can operate, and accomplish everything I need to do if my mind is focused on what needs to be done and just go about accomplishing it.  This mind set is needed in order to fit into the life style and values I have.

The second statement Grant made goes to the heart of our "values":

"When you understand what you really value you can use any method or program to manage your time."

When I put these two statements together the "mindset" and "values" everything fell right in place with the way I manage my time.

In the Lending Business I am faced with new challenges, and issues each and everyday and need to make time to take care of those issues, but that does not mean every issue will be completed within a workday.  However, there is one thing I am committed to completing each and everyday which goes right to the heart of my "mindset", "lifestyle", and "values" is something directly related to my health.

I am borderline diabetic, and I hate needles.  So if I want to avoid the needles I need to keep my blood sugar in check by other means.  The other means for me is keeping my weight down.  If my weight is under 160 lbs, my blood sugar stays within acceptable limits.  As my weight starts to exceed 160 lbs my blood sugar start to approach unacceptable limits.

I love to eat but I can do without the sweet stuff, so I eat pretty much what I want within reason.  This means I need to do something to offset what I eat, in order to keep my weight under 160 lbs.  What I have found is if I do 2 three mile walks per day along with the normal walking I do during work, I can control my weight and avoid the needles.

So each and EVERYDAY I do 2 three miles walks without fail.  They are not always at the same time, but between the time I get up and go to bed I will complete 2 three mile walks.  The workday and the issues that arise tend to dictate the times I will do my 2 three mile walks, but they get completed one way or another.

I have experimented with lists, and schedules, but they do not work for me.  The lists and the schedules end up being obstacles instead of helpful tools. However, through my commitment and focus on this "mindset", "value", and "lifestyle",  I am able to manage my time in a manor which assures everything important in my life gets completed.




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Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Time blocking AND following it is my Achilles' heel! 

Oct 24, 2017 05:56 AM #16
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning George.  I am into the daily walking myself and have found a fitness tracker to be invaluable.

Oct 24, 2017 06:04 AM #17
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Three miles is a long walk - good for you doing it twice every day! I exercise a lot and understand how much you can figure things out and resolve problems when you're doing it - and walking is exceptionally good for that. 

Oct 24, 2017 06:47 AM #18
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning George Souto - excellent explanation of you time strategy.  I think you hit the nail on the head.  No way do time blocks and schedules work if we don't have the right mind set as you have illustrated.

Oct 24, 2017 06:48 AM #19
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Kudos to you on the management of your diabetes, lGeorge Souto.  Not an easy task.  I admire you for being able to do that.  I totally get your mindset regarding schedules.  I've found personally, being a LO, that having a strict schedule only sets me up for harboring a feeling of failure.  If I look at the bigger picture and focus on accomplishment, I'm far better off.  Task-wise ... and mentally.

Appreciate you sharing your insights,


Oct 24, 2017 06:58 AM #20
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Lifetime Friend/Helper!

I like how you make exercise the #1 priority.  Yesterday I planned a 60 minute walk and as I am putting on my shoes, an urgent call came in and I had to drop the shoes and go back to the desk.

Oct 24, 2017 11:10 AM #21
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

It's not easy in our business, George.  There's no set thing as a schedule, and if we wanted a 9-5 we'd be doing something different!  

Oct 24, 2017 12:21 PM #22
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi George - I'm with you on schedules - they don't work well for me either, simply because every day is full of surprises. But having a mindset that allows for the unplanned is a great help.

Oct 24, 2017 01:23 PM #23
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Fixed schdules are almost impossible to keep in this business. I agree with your method of not having a shedule, but still managing time. Thanks for sharing! 

Oct 24, 2017 04:36 PM #24
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You reach a point in life where it all makes sense. I go with the daily flow

Oct 24, 2017 05:27 PM #25
Jackie Adams
Idaho Falls, ID
Jackie Adams

Having exacting time slots doesn't work very well in our field.  At least for me.  But . . . having a priority list works well.   That way I do the most important things first.  If I have to sidetrack for a while on something unplanned but necessary I can still come back to that prioritized list and take it up again.  It helps diminish time wasting and distractions that come at us without ceasing it seems.  Congratulations on achieving total commitment to your walking no matter what.  That takes a lot of gumption. Kuddos.


Oct 24, 2017 06:29 PM #26
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I like your take on the subject; I do time block, but I also build in buffers and breaks to keep my day flexible and less frantic. Thanks for sharing!

Oct 24, 2017 07:24 PM #27
Manfred Lewis
RE/MAX Moves - Spartanburg, SC
Realtor Spartanburg and Greenville SC

Thank you for sharing these great tips

Oct 25, 2017 02:37 AM #28
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Time management is essential for running an effective business.

I schedule my time so I can keep track of my priorities. When interruptions come they should be dealt with according to priorities you have set.

Thanks for sharing.

Oct 25, 2017 04:09 AM #29
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Those two three mile walks everyday really impress me. I walk one mile most days and three would be a lot for me....nevermind twice! I'm with you on the needles though, and suspect that would motivate me as it does you!

Oct 25, 2017 04:35 AM #30
Pete Baranowsky Jr
The Castle Team at Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanata - Dallas, GA
Selling Good Homes, Priced Right, Quickly

George Souto Thank you for another TERRIFIC post George. 

Oct 25, 2017 05:43 AM #31
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Time management works because you schedule the time and limits of activity without interruptions, which enables you to stay focused on your goals and objectives by informing clients and business associates in advance, if possible, when you can be reached.

If, someone calls and wants your time to meet or discuss an issue, do you accommodate them immediately of your current activity at that time or schedule them according to your availability? 

Life is easier when you block out your time not only for business but for family, health, and pleasure.

Oct 25, 2017 06:59 AM #32
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

George: I agree with you wholeheartedly. Flexibility allows one to focus on the most important tasks at hand. Thanks!

Oct 25, 2017 09:17 AM #33
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Great advice!!!

"When you understand what you really value you can use any method or program to manage your time."

Oct 25, 2017 05:40 PM #34
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi George, schedules are just tool and don't work for everyone. You have found your own method and rhythm to keep yourself on track.

Oct 28, 2017 03:35 PM #35
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