Tick! Tock! The Clock is simply the vehicle by which we measure the passing of time. As REALTORS®, we all wish we had more time! We all wish we had time to spend with families and loved ones.
Would it be fair to suggest that how we spend our time, work and leisure, defines us as human beings? I pose this question because I have discovered something fascinating about time recently. A couple months ago, I literally drove myself into oblivion in an attempt to exceed the sales record that I had been fortunate to achieve in 2007. Refusing to be reasonable about my time, I overworked and underplayed! It's no surprise that I became irritable, frustrated and just plain miserable. I had fallen into the proverbial REALTOR® rut. During this same period of time, I experienced disappointing business relationships. My production was down. My confidence was shaken. This was the worst possible time for me to be giving a presentation to new agents in the local REALTORS® association on strategies for career success. Although the presentation went beautifully, with no visible scars or wrinkles, I was still in a blue funk.
It came to me as suddenly as the depression had crept into my professional and personal world. By driving myself beyond the limits to overcompensate for my decrease in active clients, I had actually bottled up time and, for all intended purposes, thrown that vessel into the vast sea of futility. I was sabotaging my own efforts by filling up my precious time with isolated activities that grinded me down and left me unfulfilled....and exhausted. Instead of conversing with co-workers or connecting with past clients, I retreated into solitude. What was happening here?
I had become a self-absorbed robot without a plan. It was time to re-examine how I was spending and not spending my time. For starters, I needed to get some perspective on my preoccupation with numbers and statistics. Secondly, I needed to get some well deserved rest in order to rejuvenate. Finally, my priorities hat become inverted, leaving my family to on the (gulp!) lowest rung of the ladder.
Now that more time has passed, I'm feeling much better about life, work and family. The pangs of guilt associated with not being the Top Producer or with not being busy almost every minute of the day have fortunately subsided. By allowing some events and situations to progress naturally. I have actually found more time for life itself. Interestingly, my mind has become less cluttered; my daily tasks less tedious.
Looking at the pile of documents and lists of things to do is much less threatening. By setting priorities, being more flexible, and using time more wisely, I have rekindled the joy of being a REALTOR®. By developing my presence on the Internet, I have more time to devote to working "smarter." While the ticking clock is always present, it is less intimidating to me now. By acknowledging my fear of wasted time and allowing creativity and exploration to emerge, I am in a much better place. The best yardstick to measure my ability to manage time is not in hours or minutes or seconds. Instead, it is the end result.