How do you start your day?

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My office is mostly at home these days and here is how I start my day...

 

I wake up at 7:20 nearly everyday without an alarm. I don't know why 7:20, it's just the way my body works.

 

I stand up and stretch, make the bed, and sit down at my computer. Check my email and review new listings in Arlington, MA that I auto-send to myself through MLS.

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Log into Active Rain, review new posts and make comments. Sometime the posts launch me into taking action on items.

Yesterday a post by Marie Story (http://activerain.com/blogsview/3237866/if-there-s-an-accident-breakage-or-theft-who-s-liable) inspired me to inform a buyer that if he chose to follow the inspector onto the roof, he did so at his own risk.

 

Today a post by Cheryl Ritchie (http://activerain.com/blogsview/3247125/new-to-blogging-where-are-you-from-) inspired me to change my post signature to include my location and other pertinent information so that my Active Rain colleagues can better remember my service area.

 

After my ActiveRain adventures, I eat a healthy breakfast (today was a banana and a bowl of Raisin Bran) and take a hot shower.

banana

 

I usually plan my days the night before. I find it helps me sleep if I make a list of what I need to do the next day, that way I'm not worrying about it all night.

 

My list often includes: follow-up calls and emails, showings to schedule, mailings to get out, online marketing to do, broker's open houses to attend, blogs to write, posts to make....

 

Some days I'm better at sticking to my list than others, but I get better and better each day about establishing a routine. The more of a routine I have to my days/weeks, the more efficient I become and the tasks don't seem so daunting.

 

How do you start your day?

 

 

 

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  1. Cheryl Ritchie 05/11/2012 02:45 AM

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Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
Thanks for mentioning me today! What a surprise as I was exploring blog posts of anyone who commented lately on my blog!
May 11, 2012 03:13 AM #1
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Rebecca Riopelle
BLINK Realty Group, LLC - Arlington, MA
President & Broker

Cheryl, I'm happy to share and thanks again for the great tips!

May 11, 2012 06:04 AM #2
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Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ
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GOOD MORNING REBECCA!  What a nice way to start and complete a day!  I aim to get up early though and exercise before the day gets away with me - other than that - I tend to follow many things you do as well!

May 15, 2012 05:58 AM #3
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Rebecca Riopelle
BLINK Realty Group, LLC - Arlington, MA
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Gabrielle,

I'm glad you mentioned that because after I did this post I realized that I have lapsed on keeping regular exercise a part of my morning routine.  I think it's time that I get myself back into the morning yoga class. :)

May 15, 2012 06:04 AM #4
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Dan Brudnok
Keller Williams RE- Exton - PA License Number #RS225179L - Downingtown, PA
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Rebecca,

I too work primarily out of my home office.....and now that I am back in to exercising (and it is about time) I find that takes a good part of my early morning before I have my coffee and see what AR has for me that day.....and guess what when it is all done, it is just about 9 AM or earlier......ready for the day!

May 17, 2012 06:20 AM #5
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Rebecca Riopelle
BLINK Realty Group, LLC - Arlington, MA
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Dan, that's fantastic! I love it when I find that I've accomplished a lot in the morning and then realize it's only 9am when most people are just starting their work day!

May 17, 2012 06:41 AM #6
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Patricia Kennedy
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Hey, Rebecca!  I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.  Have a great week.

May 20, 2012 09:23 AM #7
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Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
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I hear you on the auto alarm clock mine is on too... First I check my Email..Then it is off to ActiveRain unless I have a scheduled appointment or need to be in the office ..I am so happy Pat K.put this post in her Sunday posts because I just love it .

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May 20, 2012 09:32 AM #8
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - Bristow, VA
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I wake up, feed my animals, make my coffee and have a smoothie.  Then I sit down to make up my To Do List and log in with Active Rain.  It's like my morning paper.

May 20, 2012 12:32 PM #9
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
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Up at 5 AM. I don't make the bed. I shuffle along, step on a cat and make him scream. I stumble into the family room, grabbing a cup of coffee to slop all over the place on my way in to turn on the computer. I feed the other cats before they eat me. I answer emails from the night before, write a blog, ding around looking at news, take a break for breakfast and finally turn on my cell at 8 AM.

May 20, 2012 01:55 PM #10
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Donna Foerster
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Hi Rebecca~ I don't have a routine.  Each day is different.  That's one of the things I enjoy about Real Estate.  Now, I do like having a plan for the day and that's something I need to work on.  Thanks for sharing a little bit of what works for you!

May 20, 2012 03:34 PM #11
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Kimberly Tapscott
Keller Williams Prestige Properties - Stamford, CT
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Rebecca -

Once  I get up and get everyone on the school bus, I head into office for 2 hours of lead generation. Calls to me database, people I've met and expireds. Once that's out of the way, check emails.  This week, I'm setting my alarm clock earlier to include an exercise workout. Time to get the body fit as it tries to keep up with my mind.... great post.

 

May 20, 2012 04:48 PM #12
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Tammie White
Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN, South of Nashville

It seems that I'm frantically running from one thing to another these days. Tomorrow I am meeting a buyer at 8 a.m. to write an offer. That's good but exhausting for me so early in the morning.

May 20, 2012 10:56 PM #13
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Rebecca Riopelle
BLINK Realty Group, LLC - Arlington, MA
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What a nice to surprise to suddenly get all these comments on my post. Thank you, Patricia, for recommending it! I really appreciate that!

Hannah, thank you for the nice compliment. One of my goals this year is to blog more, and your comment is a reminder that I need to stay on top of that.

Chris, I like the analogy of Active Rain being your morning paper. It's such a good point. There are days where I forget to even turn on the morning news, but I always check my ActiveRain! 

Elizabeth, your comment really cracked me up! 

Donna, agreed that every day is different and an adventure. I also love that about real estate. I never know where I'll be going or what kind of homes I'll be looking at from week to week.

Kimberly, I like how dilligent you are with getting your calls out of the way in the morning. I should do that.

Tammie, I hope that offer was accepted!!

Thanks for all the nice comments. I look forward to getting to know you ladies better and reading your blogs!

May 22, 2012 06:16 AM #14
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Inna Ivchenko
Mannis Real Estate Group - Calabasas, CA
Los Angeles / Valley Homes

My morning routine is usually around my kids schedule, after 8am I can have my 2 cups of morning cofee( if i don't have early meeting), water plants, shower and face:) I'm ready to review my notes and follow the schedule.

Some motivations speakers, however, suggest setting up an “Hour of Power,” “30 Minutes to Thrive,” or at least “Fifteen Minutes to Fulfillment.” 

I like this one:  10 minutes of thinking of everything you’re grateful for: in yourself, among your family and friends, in your career, and the like. After that, visualize “everything you want in your life as if you had it today.”

 

Aug 28, 2012 08:50 PM #15
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Rebecca Riopelle
BLINK Realty Group, LLC - Arlington, MA
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Inna, thank you for stopping by and sharing this info. It's funny beause I must've read the same article as you. I saw those same suggestions and thought they were great!! 

Aug 30, 2012 05:50 AM #16
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