Yes! You DO have time to take care of yourself

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Pareto Realty TN #251071

Because we consider ourselves to be “in Service to others”, sometimes we forget to tend to our own needs.

We let our busyness take control of our lives . . . and we say that we are “too busy” to attend to Spiritual, Emotional, Physical, Social, and Mental well being.

Don’t do this!

Schedule your “me time” before you schedule ANYTHING else.

Every day, block time on your calendar – a firm and very important “daily appointment with yourself.”

Tell everyone you know, that you are not available to take calls or respond to texts or emails during that block of time.

No apologies necessary!

No need to call it something else . . . Just tell’m what it is (Me Time), and do it.

WE need you to do this, so you can serve us better.

Published by Barry Owen

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Nashville, TN

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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

This is an important message, Barry.  If we don't take care of ourselves, eventually our ability to be of any service to others will dwindle and die.

Mar 18, 2019 07:24 AM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I like that saying.  My wife and I had a simalar talk not long ago

Mar 18, 2019 08:59 AM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are words full of truth, Barry.  Several years ago, I went 241 days without a day off.  I was feeling overwhelmed, burned out, and a little depressed.  I looked at the calendar, and scheduled a day that was about 10 days in the future to just stay home and cry.  I was really upset when the day finally arrived, and I was in an exceptionally good mood.  I tried much of the day just trying eek out one single tear!

Mar 18, 2019 09:27 AM #3
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Great cartoon and quote from Jim Rohn, I remember hearing him say that in a talk. It seems everything I am reading today is about taking care of yourself and reducing stress. Especially good as I took some time tomorrow to go hiking with a friend. So, I was feeling a little guilty, but now I am realizing it is something that will help me.

Mar 18, 2019 10:43 AM #4
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Barry Owen good advice for everyone, especially in a profession as we have....

Mar 23, 2019 02:37 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Barry - it's often easy to forget but important to remember "me time".

Mar 23, 2019 02:57 AM #6
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I agree - it's very important to have some "me" time on a regular basis.

Mar 23, 2019 03:54 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Barrry - if you don't care for yourself and will start to show in taking care of others.

Mar 23, 2019 03:57 AM #8
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Barry Owen ,

I'm so glad that Carol Williams featured your post in her Second Chance Saturday post! "Me time" is something so many of us forget to is crucial if we are going to do the best job we can serving others.

Mar 23, 2019 05:18 AM #9
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Barry, I am glad Carol Williams featured your post. I agree with you entirely. I schedule Me time mentally, now it will be even easier not to reschedule it, when I actually put it on my calendar.

Mar 23, 2019 07:04 AM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We schedule meditation and exercise into our schedule - must do's. D 

Mar 23, 2019 08:13 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Barry   ME TIME, is so important, my wife and friends have to remind me about this sometimes.  I always take off the first Thurday and Friday of March Madness and invite frients to a sports bar all day.  I start out with just O. J. for 5 hours befoe I have a real drink but it is my tradition for over 12 years.


Mar 23, 2019 10:18 AM #12
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Barry:

This is such a good reminder for us all. I could improve in this area but am getting better about putting those ME times (which of course includes personal appointments, the gym, and family) on the calendar.


Mar 24, 2019 12:41 PM #13
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

An excellent Post and Great Reminder!!! Thank you!

Mar 26, 2019 07:26 PM #14
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Such an important topic. I've scheduled my day so, 30 minutes after I wake at 5:30 I take an hour for yoga at home, meditation and a 20-40 minute walk. Then breakfast, emails, educations/motivational reading, shower and dress. By 9:00 AM I tackle the day. It's amazing how much more productive I am with this schedule, and how much less I stress about the small stuff.

Mar 26, 2019 07:34 PM #15
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Barry, what a great point to drive home.  You know I still struggle with this even at my age.  I have learned that I can say "I am booked for that time" and the appointment can be with myself and my family. Yes  we are entitled to a life, we just need to schedule it. .thanks for the reminder.

Mar 27, 2019 06:17 AM #16
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

For me, time management is essential, so, beginning with spiritual time,  physical activity and health time, family time,  including sleep or rest time and whatever is left goes toward income time.

Unfortunately many can't act in that order because priorities of time is selective and different with everyone. For me, taking care of one, two and three will result in a successful and enjoyable lifestyle. 


Mar 28, 2019 02:49 PM #17
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

This should have gotten more "likes" by now...but I guess AR members may be "too busy."      I think making "me time" a priority is brilliant advice, personally.    Thank you!

Mar 29, 2019 11:04 AM #18
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