Ask An Ambassador: Juggling High, Higher, Highest

Real Estate Agent with Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

I'm a professional juggler.

No balls, bowling pins or chainsaws or any other flaming objects up in the air with me, but I'm juggling just the same.

What I'm juggling is determining highest and best use of my time throughout the day and week.

I wear a variety of hats.  Husband.  Engineer.  Real estate agent.  Co-caretaker of a passel of cats and dogs.  Beekeeper.  Volunteer.  Shell answer man thanks to blog posts being found.

Most days there will be more on my To Do list than can be on my DONE list at the end of the day.  So what's High priority, what's Higher priority and what's Highest priority?   The answer to that question drives my day. 

Time sensitivity and the consequences of not doing something drive my decisions, and rearrangements of priority on the fly are not uncommon (oh, a house that matches one of my buyers just came on the market??).

When it comes to my activity in the Rain, that priority list is fairly stable.

Highest and best use of my time typically works out as follows:

1.  Producing a post that can help our business (patio homes, subdivisions, long tail searches, etc.)

2. Producing a non-business related post (e.g. Ask An Ambassador posts on Tuesdays).

3.  Responding to comments on our own posts

4.  Reading other blogger's posts.

5.  Commenting.

6.  Q&A activity. 

My list is ranked from most likely to generate business to most unlikely.  Depending on your desired purpose for your time in the Rain, your priority list may be completely different than mine, maybe even a direct opposite with social activities working better for you than pure business activities.

That's the beauty of this place, we each can discover what works best for us, then do it.

Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help,

Bill & Liz

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The Liz Spear Team of Transaction Alliance
Elizabeth Spear, ABR, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Comments (12)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Bill (and Liz too) - while some say they can multi-task with "the best of them" - it is a concept that continues to fascinate me.  On a personal level as well as through observation viewed from the outside.  

Juggling, on the other hand, seems like a skill that one becomes proficient over time, and great discipline.   And success in achievement can be "viewed" in real time.  

Jun 28, 2022 02:52 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

It's something I've had to practice quite a bit.  31 years as an engineer, 18 of those as a dual engineer/agent.  Add in the growth in the zoo and time is shorter than it used to be.  I squeeze in a rare trip to ride roller coasters for fun, but there's not a lot of play time in my daily schedule.

Jun 28, 2022 03:19 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Bill,

You summed it up nicely..when it comes to the rain we each can discover what works best for us, then do it!!

Jun 28, 2022 06:06 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

And for some, it's 100% social.  For me, I think I'm more in the 80-90% business with a dash of social.

Jun 28, 2022 08:55 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

And here is my favorite line...

"Most days there will be more on my To-Do list than can be on my DONE list"

Jun 28, 2022 07:41 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

lol!  I have a lot of carryover!  Eventually I get it done, or it loses its relevance and doesn't need done.

Jun 28, 2022 08:56 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I agree. It's a constant juggling act trying to get things done. In my case, it's a matter of trying to fit work in between the constant interruptions.

Jun 28, 2022 08:59 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Our Chihuahuas are no respecters of schedules :)

Jun 29, 2022 07:04 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Our business is a big juggling act everyday, with things we know that need to get done, as well as items that get thrown our way and perhaps steer us off course. Add in daily life and the juggling act can get pretty complex, especially when priorities shift.


Jun 28, 2022 09:24 PM
Alan May

I'm always just one phone call, or email, away from a major shift in the day's pants.

Jun 29, 2022 09:21 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Always just one phone call or email away from a major shift in the day's plans.

Jun 29, 2022 07:05 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Thanks for the motivation! It’s always very helpful and keeps me striving higher

Jun 28, 2022 09:29 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Happy to help!

Jun 29, 2022 07:05 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes, we have to decide what the best use of our time is..  Where do we want to spend our energy?  As with time, there is an end to the amount of energy we have.

Jun 29, 2022 04:28 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

One of the many reasons I thinned out who has access to my Facebook feed.  The constantly negative are not going to last, energy vampires are bad for my day.

Jun 29, 2022 07:06 AM
Kat Palmiotti

They are bad for mine as well Liz and Bill Spear 

Jun 29, 2022 08:04 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You definitely wear more hats than I would want to wear myself, haha.  It seems like you wear them all well though!

Jun 29, 2022 05:22 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

A lot of practice and a willingness to shuffle off some of the personal stuff to meet my bigger picture needs.  I'll see the new Top Gun movie one of these days :)

Jun 29, 2022 07:07 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

You seem to really know how to juggle things very well and that’s a great thing in my opinion

Jun 29, 2022 11:55 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

It has been a necessity for quite a while.

Jun 30, 2022 05:59 AM
Matt Brady
Watermark Capital - Del Mar, CA
One of San Diego's Best Lenders

Is it just me or is crossing something off your to-do list still one of the most satisfying things ever. Great Post.

Jun 30, 2022 07:11 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Sometimes I write something down just to cross it off :)

Jun 30, 2022 08:09 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I so appreciate your to do list.  Mine just got shorter after resigning from a board position.  I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Jun 30, 2022 08:06 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Sometimes we just need to shed some things from our plate.  Hope you have a great holiday weekend too!

Jun 30, 2022 08:14 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Liz and Bill Spear I think it has to be like that sometimes to make us realize how to be our best selves. You know what I mean

Jul 01, 2022 11:57 AM