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The Never Ending Cycle of Quiet TImes to Chaos

Real Estate Agent with Dirt Road Real Estate SA676002000

In life we all experience the quiet times, relishing in them, playing catch up with paperwork or just enjoying a book and then suddenly out of the blue chaos happens. The phone rings and as you are speaking with one person another call happens. You are working on cleaning up emails and suddenly 10 new emails come in with at least half demanding your immediate attention. Then your smart phone receives several texts with even more requests.


"When we learn if we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change."

Wayne Dyer

Chaos allows us to learn how to better manage what we can control. To have processes and systems in place to respond both efficiently and effectively to all those requests.

Today started out quiet. There was a mild breeze through the office window. I heard the birds singing outside. Our dogs were attempting to catch a lizard, unsuccessfully. This quiet time allowed me to attend to necessary paperwork, complete two CMAs,  read a couple of articles and then work on a vacant land real estate listing here in Golden Valley, AZ.

Then Chaos struck!

Several phone calls about properties I had listed and one that I did not have listed, a voice mail to return; emails about funding of a property in escrow; a client who NOW had to find vacant land fast because his property in another AZ county was now under contract; an offer that was rejected is now alive again because the potential buyers backed out; and all of this was before 1:00pm.  Oh yes I had to order a septic inspection.

"We adore chaos because we love to product order."

M.C. Escher

Years ago, I learned to focus on what I can control, only my own attitudes (habits of thought, Zig Ziglar) and actions. More importantly, I have also learned to walk away from the chaos, take a breath, get a drink of water and then return a few minutes later.

"In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you."

Deepak Chopra

Chaos is part of our lives.

"Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence."


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Leanne M. Smith, MS, GRI, rCRMS

2018 KGVAR Rookie Realtor of the Year-55+
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Leanne,

Feast or famine.... I've always found if you have processes and systems in place to respond to either one or the other you can manage efficiently and effectively!

Apr 19, 2024 06:38 PM
Leanne Smith

I agree and believe we all need to walk away for a few moments to calm the chaos when it becomes overwhelming as it does sometimes. Good morning and thank you.

Apr 20, 2024 05:09 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved Dorie Dillard Austin TX  comment, I have many things lined up aka processes... one of it is Time Blocking, Endre

Apr 19, 2024 10:28 PM
Leanne Smith

Time blocking is why I love early mornings. No interruptions and so much more gets accomplished. Good morning to you Endre Barath, Jr. 

Apr 20, 2024 05:10 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Leanne - pause can prompt perspective.  At least, in some.  The words of wisdom you shared certainly put that thought in place.  

Apr 20, 2024 05:00 AM
Leanne Smith

Good morning and thank you Michael Jacobs And yes pause can prompt perspective or at least calm the emotions.

Apr 20, 2024 05:21 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have found that in real estate it is feast or famine and during the times of famine, we have to put in the most work to keep our pipeline flowing!

Apr 20, 2024 05:50 AM
Leanne Smith

And a pipeline filled with authentic touches will keep the referrals coming. Good morning to you as well.

Apr 20, 2024 07:26 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services


Hello Miss Leanne Smith 

You summed it up so nicely with:

"To have processes and systems in place to respond both efficiently and effectively to all those requests." This is a MUST. 

I am with you on the strategy of "walk away from the chaos, take a breath, get a drink of water ... and for me, regain perspective and return.  

CHAOS is a given in life.  It will happen! 



Apr 20, 2024 08:27 AM
Leanne Smith

Good morning Miss Kathleen and thank you for your affirmations.

Apr 20, 2024 08:28 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It's definitely a cycle all right.  And, some of those cycles change faster than others.

Apr 20, 2024 02:23 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Leanne

I've long thought successful agents (or any business) have systems in place to handle the constant 'shifts' in whatever comes up or doesn't on any given day. Attitude plays a huge part of this and is such a gift once one figures out how easily it can shift without a lot of drama.


Love this post!


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Apr 21, 2024 01:59 PM