Do you find it hard to get things done?

Real Estate Agent with Taking a break


Here are some things that I do, give it a try.

1. Get up 30 minutes early each day.

If you average an extra 30 minutes in your day, you will gain over 3 hours each week.

2. Don't lay in bed all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

Seriously, What a waste. Unless your in college and have partied all night long, get UP!!

3. Keep a list of things to do close at hand.

I have a master list in my home office and a smaller list that i bring with me were ever I go. Think its a title co note pad this week. :)

4. Schedule things out so you don't waste time. I don't go shopping and then go shopping for something else. I plan it out and go in one trip. People seem to think that it is hard to plan. I think i spent about 2 minutes on that.

5. I rarely watch TV , I mean EVER!

Many people have lost so much time watching TV and that is realy sad. I watch a movie from time to time and maybe One show a week if that. If you add up the hours its kinda sad to think we waste that much time watching crap.

6. I try to multitask as much as i can on the Internet.

I answer e-mails, pay bills and have RMLS up and going, Reading articles and yes writing a blog.

7. If everything is a mess I can not find it, so I try have a place for everything.

When I cook, I am cleaning as I go :) .  I do laundry as I walk back and forth through the house and do other tasks. Same at the office, If I get in early I get the coffee running and take out the trash .

8. Schedule time for yourself and family ,I set bounderies .

I work hard and play hard. Family and friends are important and honestly there is no transaction more important then my family. I will give 110% but I will also take time for myself. Those that do not understand that or respect the fact the world does not revolve souly around them , can search for another. If you do not respect your time, who else will?


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Thomas R. Martin Broker/Owner ICPM
Investors Choice Property Management - Sacramento, CA
Property Management the way it SHOULD be.

Sleeping on weekends? What is that?


Nice post, with good tips.

Oct 29, 2008 11:56 AM #1
Timothy Butterworth
Taking a break - Portland, OR

Thank you Thomas

Oct 29, 2008 11:57 AM #2
Jen Bowman
Keller Williams on the Water - Holmes Beach, FL
Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL

I'm a list maker, it helps keep me on track.  I keep a notebook with me and am always taking notes. It helps me to have something to refer back to also, like when I need to remember the details of what a client is looking for in a home. 

Oct 29, 2008 12:03 PM #3
Laura Karambelas
Baird & Warner Downers Grove - Downers Grove, IL
Realtor - Downers Grove

Timothy-  Have you ever heard Dr. Alex Lackey on organization, daily lists & scheduling?  It's a great listen!

Oct 29, 2008 12:05 PM #4
Stephen Kappre
KW Hometown - Mantua, NJ
Helping You Home

I personally hate TV for the reason that it literally wastes people's lives.  If it wasn't for the Phillies I could completely go without one in the house. 


Oct 29, 2008 12:26 PM #5
Paula Ryan
Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group - Eagle, ID

Good post, Timothy.

My three tips for accomplishing things:

1. Prioritize tasks

2. I tell myself, "Do it now!"

3. If it's a particularly distasteful task, I tell myself I only need to work on it for 15 minutes and then I can do something else.  Inevitably, I find myself spending well beyone 15 minutes in an effort to finish the task I don't enjoy.

At the end of the day, it's always better to look back and realize your time was well spent than frittered away.

Oct 29, 2008 12:40 PM #6
Nakia Evans
Urban Living Realty LLC - Baltimore, MD
Baltimore MD, Flat Fee MLS Services & HUD Homes

I'm also a list maker.  Writing it all down saves me a ton of time trying to remember what happens next.  Another thing that helps me get things done is working with a virtual assistant.  In the spirit of making time for friends and family, I have to delegate certain tasks and the cost is nominal as compared to things not getting done!

Oct 29, 2008 12:57 PM #7
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I'm with you on all of these, but I do love to get a little extra sleep time on sunday a.m.!  It is good getting up 30 minutes early -- it is a geat time to get things done before the phones etc. start.

Oct 29, 2008 01:03 PM #8
Rosalinda Morgan
Brookville, NY
"The Rose Lady"

Great Post.  Thanks for the tip.  I also stop watching TV.  I have no time for that.  I only watch the 11 PM news while I blog.  My husband reads the NY Times and tell me about important real estate articles.  It helps. 

Oct 29, 2008 01:06 PM #9
Timothy Butterworth
Taking a break - Portland, OR

Thank you all for your comments. I will be looking into Dr. Alex Lackey, I will see if there are any audio tapes that I might listen too while I drive.

I too make list and goals. Though that will be for another post.  I love to be able to pull things up on the computer and track how close I am to my goals too.


Thank you agian Everyone!!!!


Oct 29, 2008 03:30 PM #10
DJ Swanepoel
Real Estate Wiki - Los Angeles, CA

One of the most important things I do is just try to make a routine and stick to it. Its annoying the first few days, but once I get in the rhythm I'm good to go. Thanks for the great post and comment on my blog:)

Oct 29, 2008 04:22 PM #11
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

I love to be organized, and it sounds like you do to.  What is it they say.... failing to plan is planning to fail.

Oct 29, 2008 05:04 PM #12
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Timothy Butterworth!!!...I almost spit out my coffee! Where in the HECK have you been? Funny, I was going through AR members in the Portland area the other, saw your profile pic, and thought..Hmmmm, wonder where he's been?.....Stick around this time, okay?

Oct 30, 2008 06:56 AM #13
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Thank you for the post. These are all great ideas that I also try to live my daily life by.


Oct 30, 2008 07:20 AM #14
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