One Last Thing

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

setting prioritiesIf you're not first, you're last!!!                             Ricky Bobby


I'm no time management guru.  I'm not going to write a book or create some specialty blog, but you don't succeed in a dual career life without some sense of what's important and what's important, but not quite THAT important, and what's just busywork.

And I'll twist the meaning of Ricky Bobby's quote a bit.  I'm not worried about being the #1 agent in Cincinnati.  That's best left for other agents.  I've got different priorities and I know the limits of how much I can do to my satisfaction.  Taking on EVERY potential client that contacts me isn't the way for me to succeed. 

Sometimes it's better for me to practice catch and release prospecting.  Whether it's personality, distance away, the realization that reality and the buyer's demands have no chance of overlapping,  or some other factor, I may see a red flag that tells me it's best to help the caller find another agent.

And the same thing applies with tasks.  I recognize some things HAVE to be done TODAY.  If I've committed to a seller that we will go live in MLS the next day, I'm going to be doing whatever I need to do to make sure I honor that commitment.

Other things I may realize can wait.  There will ALWAYS be another blog post that I could write.  Subdivisions, long tails, events, FAQs, those are my money makers but some of them take more time to write than others.  I weigh my time, my energy level, basically how my brain is operating to decide if I take on a complicated topic, or slide into something (like this one) that is a little easier on the brain.

So while blogging might be one of my first priorities for my to do list, it just might be the last work thing I do for the work day.  It's after 10 p.m. on a Saturday, maybe FIRST is LAST tonight :)

Time to recharge the mental batteries, back tomorrow to sort out First from Last.

Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz

Posted by

Serving Warren County Ohio & Adjacent Areas


The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite
Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
Ask for us by name if you visit the office!

EHO Two locations: Lebanon & Mason, OH
Bill Direct:  513-520-5305
Liz Direct: 513-265-3004     
Fax: 866-302-8418


Search Homes:  Https://

Our Website:

 FacebooktwitterWordpressYouTube Pinterest






View Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite Primary Service Area in a larger map


This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
ActiveRain Community
Almost Anything Goes
Bartender, Make it a Double
time management

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I agree, well said Bill. Fulfilling our obligations and promises is paramount.  Priorities. With that said, time management is a big one, and we have this one life. Shouldn't we spend our time wisely?  

Oct 20, 2019 11:00 AM #4
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Bill there is so much truth and wisdom in this post. Very well stated, even if it was late at night.  Knowing what you want, how much is realistic and managing catch and release (quite the title). That is how I see it as well. I let a few got this year as red flags poppped up immediatiely.

Oct 20, 2019 12:06 PM #5
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Well said, Bill. Priorities are something that we can eaily loose sight of when other things are begging for attention. It's good to keep it real and take care of the important stuff that makes the world turn first.

Oct 20, 2019 01:10 PM #6
Mott Marvin Kornicki
Waterway Realtors® • South East Florida • Real Estate Brokers - Miami Beach, FL
Waterway Realtors, Notary Public 786-229-7999

Prioritize; one can not be everything to everyone! Certainly, not all at once.

Oct 20, 2019 02:15 PM #7
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Well said. Determining the priorities, personal as well as business-wise, is always important. Some issues are just not all important, if we really think about it. We just need to not let them get us sidetracked


Oct 20, 2019 07:36 PM #8
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Social medias are very tricky tools of marketing. Blogging and other posting has a potential to reach out far and many if it is used right. 

Oct 21, 2019 12:23 AM #10
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Experience shows us what's important. There was a time I probably would have worked my fingers to the bone to be first. While I'm in the top percentage, I work my business but, my family and my health come first.

Oct 21, 2019 03:54 AM #11
Gordon Crawford
Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team - Morristown, NJ
Your Morris County Specialist!

Great wisdom in your post, Bill.  Knowing where to focus your energy is important.

Oct 21, 2019 05:58 AM #12
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

We all need to figure out how to prioritize what is important to us. There are a lot of moving parts that need to be done. Have a great day!

Oct 21, 2019 06:25 AM #13
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Good morning Bill. Time management is the single biggest issue in any endeavor! I have bee using DavidAllen's GTD method! I recommend it to everyone!

Oct 21, 2019 08:13 AM #14
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

Time management is especially important this time of year, as it can be tempting to do other things when the daily business is slow.  

Oct 21, 2019 12:54 PM #15
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There’s always something that we can get in at the last minute that might be a little bit magical. :)

Oct 21, 2019 07:01 PM #16
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Kevin Mackessy Point taken but it’s always about priorities that’s always about where your heart is. You just have to make a decision, I guess. :)

Oct 21, 2019 07:03 PM #17
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Sounds like you have this covered... lists are good, priorities are good...

but knowing when to alter the course is really good!!

Oct 22, 2019 12:47 AM #18
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

We all need to learn that balance, I love this post, learing todecide what is really important right now. Goes right along with being mindful and aware.

Oct 22, 2019 02:33 AM #19
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Every day is a learning experience. Learning from doing, watching and reading. Organization, priorities and what to do next is an art. Love your blog and well worth a feature

Oct 22, 2019 05:46 AM #20
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Time management is an oxymoron as no one can manage a constant. What you so aptly described is self management or self leadership. Gongrats on the featured blog as well.

Oct 22, 2019 06:40 AM #21
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Liz and Bill Spear, we are all wired differently with different priorities. It is truly all about balancing and what works for us in our personal lives as well as business. 

Oct 22, 2019 06:53 AM #22
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

so familiar, not the same "exact" things, but sometimes the most important things are done last thing before I go to bed.  

Oct 22, 2019 10:06 PM #23
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Absolutely. It sounds like you've got that priority thing down. You still manage to post an impressive amount of articles.

Oct 23, 2019 01:14 PM #24
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Liz and Bill Spear

RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
How Can We Help You? Just Let Us Know!
Spam prevention

Additional Information