Ask An Ambassador: Too Bzzy To Blog?

Real Estate Agent with Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

I wear more than a few hats. so staying bzzzzy isn't an issue. 

Engineer.  Real Estate Agent.  Zookeeper.  Beekeeper.  Homeowner. 

So you may wonder how I get it all done?

The short answer, I don't, at least not every day.

Every day is a matter of prioritizing what MUST get done today and what doesn't.

Certain tasks are non-negotiable, some have a little wiggle room, others are "as time allows". 

Evening feeding for the zoo (current count 17 cats and 9 Chihuahuas) is about an hour every evening, and those little furries are not going to let us forget!. 

Church service isn't negotiable. 

Beekeeping is seasonal, there are certain things that must be done when the weather presents the opportunity. 

My engineering job is currently 3 days in the office, 2 days work from home with a lot of flexibility regarding exact hours.  And as long as the work commitments are being met, I've been there 32 years so I have 6 weeks of vacation time.

My real estate clients (particularly the ones with our niche) are looking for a very particular thing, so when a new listing appears that is a good candidate, it's react quickly or miss it.

Throw in other projects such as building the 2nd catio (now complete), replacing deck rails (ongoing), and there's always a competition for time.

It comes down to establishing the urgency of your tasks.

What impacts you the most?  Your clients?  Your family?

Is yesterday's high priority task the same priority today? 

Can shifting priorities reduce your workload without negative impact? 

E.g. I blogged daily for a lot of years.  Now I blog once a week.  Why the change?  I've got enough evergreen content that I still get regular inquiries from potential clients. If I want to increase that flow, I can add new content at my leisure instead of feeling a daily need to add new content.

Can you add to your tool bag to help you be more effective at completing your tasks? 

I don't mind dropping a few dollars on something that truly makes my life easier.  Buying rechargeable hand tools, an oscillating saw, and a drill press are all things that have made my home upkeep projects easier and more time efficient.  Taking lots of pictures and/or using saves me time when needing a pic for blogging.

And the other thing that helps get things done is understanding how to break big projects into smaller chunks (how do you eat an elephant?  one bite at a time).  Maybe a blogging template (e.g. subdivisions, house characteristics) gives you a head start on covering a large portion of your market with custom IDX search pages.  You save time, and the work gets done one long tail search term at a time.

Organize where you can.  When I feed our zoo, I set up each pet's bowl in a certain spot.  It helps me standardize what goes where since there's no standard meal for our cats and dogs.  Some kibble, some meat, some a mix, some only certain flavors, some get this additive and some get that one and some.... bottom line, there are very few duplicate meals. 

You can do the same thing with blogging (cover a theme/category, then move to the next one).

Prioritizing, juggling, call it what you will, we each do it to some degree.

If you want to make blogging a priority, you have to decide it is, then dedicate the time to make it so.  Because if you decide blogging is a "when I get around to it priority", it gets easier and easier to not get around to it.

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

Bill & Liz aka BLiz

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Comments (17)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Prioritizing and reprioritizing never end, do they?

Apr 25, 2023 10:25 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

All the time!  Liz just called a few minutes ago and one of our hives might be swarming.  If they settle somewhere we can catch them, that'll be a task that wasn't on the to do list at the start of the day :)

Apr 25, 2023 10:34 AM
Michael Jacobs


Apr 25, 2023 11:03 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Thank you for sharing the information. Wishing you continued

success. Have a wonderful day and sell a house. bill

Apr 25, 2023 10:55 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

No houses to sell today!  But a closing Monday morning on the books.

Apr 25, 2023 11:03 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bill (and Liz too) - life on this planet and spread out in the various platforms of real life can certainly teach the importance of prioritization.  More to say but really, do I need to drone on and on?  I mean, really. . .  

Apr 25, 2023 11:01 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I see what you did there!  :)

Apr 25, 2023 11:06 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

We all have the same hours each day. You are right about prioritizing.

Apr 25, 2023 11:26 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

And I'm not good at carving out enough time for myself.  With our zoo, it's prohibitive (currently) for Liz and I both to leave town at the same time, so if we want to leave, it's one or the other at a time.

Apr 25, 2023 01:48 PM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Liz and Bill Spear I made myself a promise when I first began blogging that I would NEVER do it on a schedule because then it would be a chore and I would come to loathe it. I love writing, and I blog as much as a reward to myself for getting the awful stuff - like bookkeeping - done as much as I use it to talk with the communities around me. But I do wish I'd started years sooner... Too scared for too long. Lauren

Apr 25, 2023 07:00 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Lauren, the beauty of blogging, we each get to decide what works best for us.  Blogging gives me something entirely different from my engineering work (although writing subdivision posts is more methodical than creative!).  We also knew we should have been blogging years before we actually started.

Apr 26, 2023 08:05 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It’s important to keep bzzzing with you creativity  as much as you can and just kind of see where it takes you, you know

Apr 25, 2023 10:56 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

And overall, it's been a positive for us and our business.

Apr 26, 2023 08:06 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I totally agree. Prioritizing is a must, both with life in general and with blogging. I just agreed to help a friend with her business for the summer (more on that soon) but I had to carefully study my calendar to see if I could do it AND do all those things that are MY priorities (including real estate, running our exchange club next year as president, working at habitat, feeding myself and hubby and dog, having friends  and family visit, etc). I hope I've planned appropriately but if not I'll have to prioritize again. It's never ending!

Apr 26, 2023 04:49 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

The plate can get very crowded if we're not careful (and sometimes even when we are).  You've got a lot going on!

Apr 26, 2023 08:06 AM
Kat Palmiotti

And I forgot to mention gardening!

Apr 26, 2023 09:43 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Being organized will certainly allow a person to get more done each and every day!

Apr 26, 2023 05:10 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

It's my nature to look for ways to be more productive.  There's a lot to fit into a typical day, so if I can save time and still be effective, I'm checking into it.

Apr 26, 2023 08:07 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning bill,

Every day has it's own nuance and the only way to tackle what needs to be done is through prioritizing...we all have the same hours in a day and need to make sure the most important things are being attended to. 

Apr 26, 2023 06:36 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

The closest thing I've found to making "more" time is to take one of my vacation days from my engineering job so I have more time for a home project or real estate work :)

Apr 26, 2023 08:08 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Bill:

Life (personal and business) is full of opportunities to prioritize and it's ever changing each day. And then there are those moments when your planning goes amuck when stuff happens and you may have to switch gears quickly...or decide if it's necessary.


Apr 26, 2023 11:46 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

No doubt, things can go sideways as far as plans based on one phone call or email!

Apr 27, 2023 07:34 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Liz and Bill Spear The music goes round and round and one gets dizzy writing the same things over and over. Sometimes we need to spice things up a bit. The world is constantly changing.

Apr 27, 2023 10:29 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Some things we can touch once, some things we have to keep coming back to.

Apr 27, 2023 10:42 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Adding Grammy to my list of jobs was life changing, but I'm good with the time it takes away from my other jobs.

Apr 27, 2023 02:00 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

That's a pretty important job title!

Apr 27, 2023 04:23 PM
Vickie Teel
RE/MAX PALM REALTY - Port Charlotte, FL
Sharing Florida sunshine one homeowner at a time!

So glad you have your prioritizing squared away Liz and Bill Spear  except for the occasional emergency.  I run by the seat of my pants putting out real estate fires all day. Thank you for this post as it made me realize I need to get better at prioritizing the bzzzzzyness.  Hope you have a great weekend.  

Apr 28, 2023 05:16 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Vickie, It can be a challenge!  How much sleep or family time do we give up trying to stay on track?  And if we do, was it worth it?

Apr 28, 2023 05:39 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Life is about change and change requires reflection with leads to re-prioritizing. Our new puppy has me engaging in re-prioritizing until he is 9 months old and knows how to stay out of significant trouble.

Apr 30, 2023 09:17 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

No doubt young dogs can change our priorities, or we can pay the price for it! :) 

Apr 30, 2023 11:52 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I am running into a buzzsaw of business right now. It has been hard to find the time...

May 01, 2023 07:10 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

That's a good problem to have!

May 02, 2023 05:31 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Great post.  I am going to repost this one.

May 01, 2023 08:27 AM
Liz and Bill Spear


May 02, 2023 05:31 AM
Janice Zaltman
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL
Energy Efficient And Eco-Friendly Homes in Florida

All I can say for now is that prioritizing, self-care and knowing when to relax and re-charge is an on-going mission. Especially, when we care for others also.

May 09, 2023 05:31 PM