Procrastination Strikes Again!

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Real Estate Services with Marte Cliff Copywriting

Darn but I hate it when I put things off just a little too long.

I knew when my computer went haywire a few weeks ago that I needed to find some way to back up emails - but I was so busy trying to deal with getting programs re-installed, and then with trying to make the "repaired" computer work - I didn't do it.

Now I think it's too late. My "real" computer is back at the "fix-it place" and this time I hope they get it right. But it appears that getting it right will mean wiping out everything I had saved. And I had lots of things saved that I did want to keep.

This time, I'm going to make the time to find out how to back up e-mail. There has to be a way. But that's water under the bridge, and I can't do it until I get my computer back.

Now I'm thinking about other things I've been putting off and making a list... I should probably impose some deadlines on myself while I'm at it.

What have you been putting off that you should do now?

Is it something that's going to cost you time and money if you don't tend to it?

Maybe you need to give your website a pick-me-up - or finally install that opt-in box on your short sale page.

Or maybe you need to check your database and make sure you've got all your past clients in there - and check to see that you have new addresses for your sellers.

Perhaps you need to write some letters for your autoresponder, or create your holiday message so you don't end up doing it in a rush at the last minute.

Or maybe you should take an hour or so right now and put together a Thanksgiving message to send to everyone on your list.

We all have a list of tasks that are "important but not urgent."  We put them off because, in all likelihood, they're tasks we don't especially like doing. It's easy to replace them with "urgent but not important" or even "not urgent and not important" tasks. Anything to keep ourselves busy so we don't have to get over there and do the things that aren't fun.

If you have a list like that there are only 2 ways to get rid of it. Either jump in and just do it, or delegate.

Either way, you'll feel better when you mark it off the list.

That said, I'll help you mark off one task - writing a letter to first time buyers. I already wrote one that you are welcome to use, and all you have to do to get it is ask. You'll find the box at www.copybymarte.com/firsttimebuyer.html

Here's to lots of year-end sales!

Marte

Marte Cliff, Real Estate Copywriter
www.marte-cliff.com

 

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Jeani Codrey
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I like the prioritizing aspect of our business...if you don't you will find that the critical stuff falls through the cracks...generally the critical stuff is what we don't want to do...so like they say...it's like eating a frog, if that is the worst thing you have to do all day, your day can only get better from there!

November 24, 2009 05:37 PM
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Wayne B. Pruner
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI
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Well Marte, this sounds like a good post. I guess I'll read it later........

November 24, 2009 09:35 PM
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Emily Lowe
Nashville TN Realtor
The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

I need to do the same thing.  I finally lost my old computer and I am so grateful that I backed up everything.  It's made it a much smoother transition to a new computer!

November 24, 2009 11:06 PM
Rainer
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Guy Thomas
WR Starkey Mortgage

Good advice on something that affects about everybody sooner or later. that backup thing never seems important until it is too late. I have heard that Carbonite is a great inexpensive service for unlimited b ackup.

November 24, 2009 11:33 PM
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Marte Cliff
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Thanks everyone, for more good ideas.

I agree, we all need to learn to "eat that frog" and we'd probably be happier by the end of the day. The trouble comes when you're too busy to even eat - let alone eat the frog!

(But that's a good trouble, right?)

 

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