Are You a Good Juggler?

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Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

Are You a Good Juggler?

 

One definition of a juggler on Google is “an entertainer who continuously tosses into the air and catches a number of objects so as to keep at least one in the air while handling the others.”

 

 

Is that you in this busy real estate business? Perhaps you are not really an entertainer, nor actually tossing around balls or other objects…although maybe there are times when you feel like throwing something when no one’s around to see!

 

Another definition I found is “a person who adroitly balances several activities.”  Perhaps that’s a better description of us in this business!

 

We often talk of juggling a lot of different tasks in real estate:

 

 

Balancing numerous call, emails and texts

Responding to questions about properties

Dealing with issues and problems that crop up in transactions

Handling buyer and seller emotions

Showing properties to your buyers

Communicating with sellers and buyers

Setting up showings and answering questions from buyer agents

Checking in with lenders

Keeping our online marketing up to date

Participating on social media sites

 

And the list goes on and on.

 

So are you a good juggler or not?

 

JugglerCan you keep all the balls you are juggling up in the air or do you drop one occasionally?

 

The juggler analogy works pretty well, save for the fact that often what we have to juggle keeps changing, sometimes without notice.

 

Then...all of a sudden someone tosses us something else to juggle when our hands are pretty full, adding to what we have to deal with.

 

Do you have a choice? Well, maybe not, depending on the issue that was thrown at you when you already have an overflowing plate.

 

While dropping a ball as a juggler is pretty uneventful, other than being an embarrassment, in our business dropping the ball, or choosing not to deal with an issue, could put our clients’ transaction at risk, may let someone down, or create a problem.

 

And dropping that ball certainly makes a bad impression, may damage your reputation, and threatens the trust people have in you. No one likes being accused of dropping the ball.

 

You might say no one will notice…or that it really doesn’t matter. That’s not a good mind-set to get into, and could become a habit. You don’t want to go there.

 

But, realistically, what can you do when you are already juggling a lot and more comes your way.

 

One option is to delegate, if there is someone you can delegate to. If you are too busy all the time juggling all those tasks it might be time to hire a part-time or full-time administrator, or use a virtual assistant. You probably shouldn’t juggle everything and anything.

 

A better solution is to prioritize…perhaps a To Do list if that’s not in your repertoire. Yes, you may be very busy juggling, but perhaps you are juggling things that are not necessary, are a waste of time and energy, aren’t time sensitive, are not income producing, are not related to an active transaction, or that do not add value to your business.

 

What MUST you juggle and what can wait til later?

Are there things that are perhaps not worth your jugging talents?

Or could you juggle them at another time?

Are there things someone else should be juggling and not you?

 

Another solution? Well, you might be able to simply say NO to some things. Volunteer activities may be important to you, for example, but taking more of your time than desired. But if not, then something else may have to give.

 

Are you using your calendar as effectively as you could to keep track of appointments, calls, plus your personal life. In the midst of all your juggling are you forgetting things that are really important to you or that must be done? The calendar and a To Do List could work wonders.

 

Juggling is part of our business, and our personal lives, like it or not. Choosing what to juggle, how, when and where, along with prioritizing, delegating and calendaring, can make a difference in how good we are at juggling.

 

 

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MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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By the way Jeff...Wishing you and yours a happy and blessed New Year!

Jan 02, 2020 11:31 PM #5
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Good morning Jeff. Prioritize, eliminate or delegate! Organiztion itself is a juggling issue! Enjoy your day!

Jan 03, 2020 05:16 AM #6
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Nina Hollander
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I am a good juggler, Jeff, and also an excellent multi-tasker, but have learned to not to do either, but to plan and focus on one activity at a time. It's made me way more efficient.

Jan 03, 2020 06:05 AM #7
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Carol Williams good morning, Carol... my recommendation for Second Chance Saturday. What a great message to begin a new year.

Jan 03, 2020 06:06 AM #8
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I cannot juggle balls, pins or anything else, but oftentimes I have to juggle things in my real estate business and I do just fine, haha.

Jan 03, 2020 06:08 AM #9
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Jeff,

I think that there is myth at work here in the concept of juggling.  I think that in real estate like in any business field, one should chose who they work with, and not make life difficult for themselves.  The other thing I have discovered is that you do each task mindfully (instead of multi-tasking) you get a lot more done and have free time...Happy Friday.  A

Jan 03, 2020 07:03 AM #10
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Good morning Jeff. This is really fun and I enjoyed it a lot. I sed to be a better juggler than I am now but it is a choice.

Jan 03, 2020 07:16 AM #11
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Hi Jeff,
"Juggling" is the perfect analogy for the real estate business and life!  Juggling skills are definitely required and improved with experience in the business. 

Jan 03, 2020 08:04 AM #12
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Hello Jeff,  I need to juggle better but do good with 2 balls but not 3 or 4.  But in business I do  a good job!

Jan 03, 2020 09:10 AM #13
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That's an excellent point Endre Barath, Jr.  No doubt we sometime take on what we don't need to, and prioritizing will help keep focussed on that really IS important and necessary.

Enjoy your weekend!

Jeff

Jan 03, 2020 09:27 AM #14
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Happy New Year 2020 to you as well MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900 

Yes our business definitely provides plenty of opportunities for juggling lots of tasks.

Jeff

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Jeff I try to keep the juggling to a minimum, but I am very able to juggle what ever comes my way when it is necessary.

Jan 03, 2020 12:34 PM #16
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Thank you Wayne Martin  We need to be in control whenever possible, and focus on the most important things.

Jeff

Jan 03, 2020 02:20 PM #17
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Trying to manage too much at once will simply not work Nina Hollander . Being as focused as possible makes the most sense. My bet is many of us let what we have to deal with control us, rather than us being in control whenever possible.

Have a great weekend...and thank you for the recommendation to Carol!

Jeff

Jan 03, 2020 02:22 PM #18
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Hi Ron and Alexandra

It's certainly best to be in control with who we work with. And if one really is focused one certainly can be more efficient than letting everything that's going on around us distract us. One can certainly only do so much at one time.

Jeff

Jan 03, 2020 02:24 PM #19
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I do think having a list of priorities and sticking to them, and putting must-dos on the calendar do help staying on top of things. Thanks for the juggling post!

Jan 04, 2020 06:01 AM #20
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Bernie and I make a good team, it never feels too frenetic, thankfully.  We also limit clients - a practice most would scoff at, but when you aim to deliver high-end customized service, it's the best way for it to work - at least for us. Happy New Year. 

Jan 04, 2020 08:56 AM #21
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Hi Jeff - a good message.  Juggling of many kinds is a part of life.   For some, it may be their primary focus.  

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Jeff - 2019 was a year of juggling, and it all worked out great. I am hoping to have another good year juggling my listings and sales!

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Excellent videos, enjoyed it very much, thank you, Sir

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