When I'm at the office, I'm working, otherwise, I could be at home with my family. Sometimes I get involved with office discussion because of the layout of our office (four foot high dividers and not much privacy), but I always try to get out of the discussion asap and get back to work. I find it behooves me to stay out of the office politics and just focus on my work.
When I was still doing residential lending I am rarely in the office (50 LOs total). All they do in the office is talk and chat about non-related stuff. I work at home and get more things done. I am able to set-up more appointments, close more loans and was able to function efficiently. I am accountable to no one but me and it works.
You are just bloggin away today I see. You are also very right here as well. It is easy to get sucked into negative conversaton. I just stay away.
On the other hand, don't neglect the positive networking that goes on in your own office. Spending all your time in the office talking about what's wrong with real estate isn't productive, but spending enough time with the other agents in your office that you know who to go to when you run into a new problem and the sales manager or broker are not available right then, and who you've established enough of a relationship with that they will help you, is important to being able to do a good job fast for your client. And there's a difference between dwelling on negativity and discussing problem issues and brainstorming on possible solutions to prevent them in future or deal with them if they're unpreventable.
As in all things, moderation is the key.
I agree with John, for those who are out knocking on doors and writting contracts are the ones who are succesful. i find that if I prospect andgo to the office later afternoon I get much more done. Since Real Estate agent only work 10-2. You must make good use of your time.
I'm in when I have to be and out most of the time. I don't have time for the skuttlebut!
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