Time Blocking - So Overwhelmed & Liberated All At Once Right Now!

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Real Estate Agent with Kathleen Cooper, Best Option-EXIT Realty Partners, REALTOR® 9084437/Brokers

Time Blocking - SO Overwhelmed & Liberated All At Once Right Now!

"If it's not on your calendar it doesn't exist!"  I've heard this quote many times in my life.  I am not sure where it originated from, but it's a great quote to live by.  Time and time again I have made my "ideal calendar" or "ideal schedule" of what I want my week to look like.  As a mother of 4 young children, a full time REALTOR and blogger, I don't always stick to what I'd like to see in my week.  Seems almost impossible!!!

After seeing the quote "If it's not on your calendar it doesn't exist" this morning and trying to figure out how to remember to call my father and workout at the gym daily, I have decided to sit down and work on this calendar thing once and for all!  

I can happily say it didn't take me too long to figure out how to fill it up.  There are so many productive activities we can choose throughout our days.  I feel excited and liberated now that I have this strict map in front of me that I know will bring me more success, but at the same time I'm feeling very overwhelmed!  I don't expect to be able to stick to this thing 100%.  I know in our industry stuff always pops up.  I hope to be up and running at an 80% efficiency with it before long and if I can keep that pace, I will be very satisfied.  

I am learning how to say "no" and how to spend my time more wisely to help build my future.  I love to help everyone and say yes to doing everything, but that's just not possible.  Then I feel overextended and I feel like an underachiever with all of this potential that I'm not putting to good use.  

Here's a peak at some of the things that made it into my calendar:

  • Weekly video blog
  • Visiting Expired Listings
  • Exercise - 5x Per Week
  • Lead Generating Calls 
  • Blogging Daily and/or Reading Blogs
  • Calling my dad in NC
  • Spin Class
  • Listing Updating & Maintenance 
  • Lunch
  • Bedtime
My goal is to set it and forget it!  Put it in that Google Calendar and then work around that when looking what I can do for others or what social functions I can attend.  Are you sticking to a schedule?  

 

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Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz
Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
REALTY ONE GROUP - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 702.443.7156

Hello Kathleen and I like it ... "If it's not on your calendar it doesn't exist!"

Wonderful quote and have a wonderful week!

VB :)

January 19, 2011 02:15 PM
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Kathleen Cooper
EXIT Realty Partners - Broker, REALTOR®
Kathleen Cooper, Best Option-EXIT Realty Partners, REALTOR®

Thank you VB!  I hope you have a wonderful week as well!  This time blocking thing should give me a lifetime of wonderful weeks.  Lets hope it works!  :) 

January 19, 2011 02:48 PM
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Patrick McClenahen
The Real Estate Guy
RE/MAX Realty Professionals, Inc.

I work off list both personal and business but I like the calendar and will try integrating the list into the calendar.  Might even try Google Calendar.  Thanks.

January 19, 2011 02:55 PM
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Conrad Allen
Webster, Ma, Realtor
Re/Max Professional Associates

The real purpose for the calender and to do list is to be organized.  The phone rings with a client wanting to see property.  You are off and running.  You come back and you have your calender to focus you back to your goals.  Without a calender you might as well write your to do and appointments on the ice:)

January 19, 2011 04:24 PM
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Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS
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Keller Williams Greater Worcester

Good luck with your "NEW" schedule Kathleen! I am putting one together myself and everything has to have its place! GOOD LUCK!

January 19, 2011 05:43 PM
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Kathleen Cooper
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Kathleen Cooper, Best Option-EXIT Realty Partners, REALTOR®

Very true Conrad!  I have been using Google calendars for awhile now, but not to the extent that I should be.  Now every tiny little thing is going in there.  I think it will help a lot.  

Thanks Michele!  Everything does have a place.  It's all about looking at it with a positive attitude and not a negative one.  We're in this business to be successful and not to just be flexible.  :) 

January 20, 2011 10:34 AM
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Keith Pentz
Keith Pentz
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Kathleen- Think this will help ALL of us!!  If it's not in there, it doesn't exist AND start with YOURSELF and what is important to you and move outwards!

January 20, 2011 03:51 PM
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Terkel Sørensen
Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales
Real Estate Places

I like it - I'm running a full schedule for the week - I will say I try to video blog daily - if I'm previewing a property or see something, camera comes out...

January 21, 2011 01:39 AM
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