Edit, Edit, Edit: Key to a More Productive Business and Enjoyable Life

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Edit, Edit, Edit: The Key to a More-Productive Business and Enjoyable Life

There are only so many hours in a day, days in a week, and weeks in a month. Time is the one thing that we can't buy more of. We are the only ones who are in complete control of our time. It can't be stored up for a rainy day. Everybody has to live within the budget of time that they are given. Unlike being able to go out there and earn more money, you just can't go out and earn more time. When it's gone, it's gone!

With that in mind, how are you utilizing your most precious commodity? Like most agents, there are things in your business that are robbing you of your valuable time. Imagine spending hours working with buyers who are not qualified to buy or wasting time running around filling flyer boxes on a listing you know will never sell because it is overpriced. Or perhaps you volunteer your precious time to a committee that just sits around and complains rather than getting anything done. Is this really the way you want to spend your valuable time? I didn't think so!

Time is the one thing that all of us have taken for granted at some point in our lives. At some point, hopefully, we realize the critical importance of protecting our time and utilizing that time better. One method that is very effective for re-budgeting your time is editing. Editing is the art of removing what isn't working in your life. Because you only have a limited number of hours in a day it is critical that you “edit” out of your life the non-essentials. Is wasting your time being on a committee that you are no longer passionate about really a good use of your time or would you rather be home resting, recharging, and spending time with the people you love? This will only give you more energy for doing the things that you are passionate about.

I see so many real estate agents racing around from event to event, committee meeting to PTA meeting, only to find themselves exhausted at the end of the day. And their effectiveness, both at work and at play, is dramatically diminished because of this.

Editing is not just about removing things from your life that you are not passionate about, it is also about removing things from your life that cause you pain and stress. And sometimes that includes having to edit people out of your life. If you know your associate in the office is always complaining and whining to you and it takes up your valuable time (and energy in this case), then edit that person's interaction with you.  Limit the time you will give to that person.

To start this conversation with yourself, ask, "What gives me energy?" Perhaps you get energy from spending time with your family, or exercising, or even cooking. And then ask the tougher question, “What is causing me stress and taking away my energy?” You will be surprised by the list you come up with. Often that list will include people or situations on it, so you will need to do some editing.

When you are feeling overwhelmed and exhausted and know that something has to give, why not do yourself some good and edit the events and people that are no longer bringing you joy or purpose. You will be very happy you did. Your effectiveness will increase because of it!

Learn to say NO. If you are someone who wants to help, instead learn to say that you will think about what they are asking of you and then you can say no later. STOP giving everyone what they want of you. You must protect your time and your energy. No one will do that for you but you!

I challenge you to take one week out of your life and edit any events, people, or stressful situations out of it. Then email me and tell me how this one week of editing affected you. I think you will be amazed at what happens.


By Denise Lones CSP, M.I.R.M., CDEI - The founding partner of The Lones Group, Denise Lones, brings nearly three decades of experience in the real estate industry. With agent/broker coaching, expertise in branding, lead generation, strategic marketing, business analysis, new home project planning, product development, Denise is nationally recognized as the source for all things real estate. With a passion for improvement, Denise has helped thousands of real estate agents, brokers, and managers build their business to unprecedented levels of success, while helping them maintain balance and quality of life.

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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi - this reminds me a bit of Marie Kondo when she discusses editing what you have. If it no longer brings you joy...out it goes. 

Aug 09, 2019 07:09 PM #1
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

When you're in business to earn income, it's difficult to say no to opportunities, however, when I started to utilize my calendar and designated uninterrupted time slots for tasks to operate my business, I discovered that saying no was easy. So, when opportunities arise, it has to fit into my available date and time. I could edit but usually don't. Insightful post.

Aug 10, 2019 09:32 AM #2
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Time...can't get it back!  There are days when we all rush around to get everything done. Important to remember to take time for yourself!

Aug 13, 2019 02:21 PM #3
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

HI Denise,
Learning to say "no" may be one of the most valuable skills we can learn, isn't it?

Sep 06, 2019 09:44 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Denise - great post.  Time management is not time management at all.  It is about looking at what is important and then changing those habits which you mentioned.  The change is hard.

Sep 07, 2019 04:06 AM #5
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Editing the things that waste time in our lives and are negative is the thing to do.  Thanks very much, Denise!

Sep 07, 2019 09:09 AM #6
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks for the reminder. It's so easy to allow some things to waste our time and not really think much about it. Mindfulness will help with this.

Sep 07, 2019 03:40 PM #7
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Learning to say 'no' is one of the most difficult tasks for a 'people pleasing' personality - and boy, I've learned that the hard way in the past, Denise!

Sep 08, 2019 10:50 AM #8
Robby Leviton
Keller Williams Realty - Kirkland, WA
Knowles Team

great reminders. I reblogged it to get more people thinking about this topic

Sep 11, 2019 06:54 AM #9
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Time is the one thing that all of us have taken for granted at some point in our lives. *** So True! ***

I need to work on saying NO 

Sep 11, 2019 07:29 AM #10
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