All Work And No Play Is Not Healthy....But It's Tough To Get On Track

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Taking a week off can really upset work routines that are in place.  Returning to a daily routine means that one needs to reprogram and reestablish a new procedure that becomes a natural happening.  This is a difficult task and that’s why it’s so important to stay focused every day so that an established routine is not interrupted.

Forming good work habits are necessary and without them, work is never finished.  Without good work habits, tasks that need to be included are not; and income and production will decline. 

Moving forward will not happen unless one regains focus on work and accomplishes those tasks that are required to stay productive.  You know what they say about “all work and no play” but it sure is difficult to fall back into place.

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Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
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Gay..... they'll survive if we don't communicate for a few days.....

Sep 01, 2012 01:52 PM #57
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Evelyn Kennedy
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Barbara:

Your post made me stop and think of the last extended vacation I took.  It did take a while to get back on task and I kept loosing focus.  I know that keeping focused and not letting things distract me is my biggest failing. 

Sep 01, 2012 02:39 PM #58
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Lottie Kendall
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It IS difficult to regain focus, but when I do after being away, I'm refreshed, full of energy and ready to GO!
Sep 01, 2012 02:42 PM #59
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Barbara Todaro
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Evelyn..... it takes alot of focus to get back on track and into a routine....

Lottie....I'll bet you are....

Sep 01, 2012 02:46 PM #60
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Ed Silva
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Barbara, I took a few days off back in May, but as it was in the states I was able to keep in touch daily. We have a vacation planned in Nov, which will be off shore so that will take some adjusting for me when we get back

Sep 01, 2012 03:55 PM #61
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Barbara Todaro
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Hi Ed....I'm sure you're an old pro at this now.....

Sep 01, 2012 04:03 PM #62
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Loreena Yeo
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Talk about getting back in the swing... It has been very difficult for me for the past 1 1/2 years. I'm finally back (so it feels) but I just have to create my new "swing".
Sep 01, 2012 04:47 PM #63
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Barbara: I try to take a little time every day for myself. Some days this is harder than others. On a long weekend like this, I don't plan work but if a call comes in, I'm off to the races, as they say. But that's the way I like it. To actually take days off and turn off that switch? Can't do it.

Sep 01, 2012 05:29 PM #64
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Brenda Mullen
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I love that....one will not regain focus unless they move forward.  Once you are out of your routine it is HARD to get back in it, but back in it you must go :)!

Sep 01, 2012 06:31 PM #65
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Charlie Dresen
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Yes, I agree with you on this one, but it's hard to stay focused without taking a break every now and then, as well.  One of those really great catch 22 situations.

Sep 01, 2012 07:31 PM #66
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Barbara - It is difficult though it's so easy to get off track from the things we are supposed to do.
Sep 01, 2012 09:37 PM #67
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Tammie White
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Barbara, sorry the phrase, Do you live to work or work to live?, comes to mind. I work to live. I take good care of my clients but there is more to my life than being a REALTOR®. Don't get me wrong, I love my job. But I also need balance in my life. I chose this profession so I could make my own schedule and that's exactly what I do. I won't ever be a Ben Kinney and I'm okay with that.

Sep 01, 2012 10:15 PM #68
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Christine Hooks
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This is why I always love your posts.  You say so much in such a small space.  Simple.  Effective.

I imagine that your workday follows the same path.

Sep 02, 2012 09:13 AM #69
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Barbara Todaro
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Loreena.... you've had more than your share of being hit hard....but you're resilient.... you spring back like permed hair!!

Hella.... it's impossible if you have no help....

Brenda....it's difficult but certainly can be done....

Charlie....sometimes a break can be a short lived as an afternoon off....

Christine....it's very easy to get off track....

Tammie.... I always lived to work.... that was the routine I have been in for decades.... now I work to live....

Chris.... that's funny....I do things as simply as possible..... complex and complicated are not ideal for me....and my workday does follow that path.... simplicity can be completed quickly...

Sep 02, 2012 09:23 AM #70
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Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX

Just took a week off, to plan and attend a funeral for a family member.  No one is going to say at the end "wow, I am so glad I never took a vacation"  Seriously, no time off is not good for anyone, no matter what profession.  Death is real, people.  This is just real estate.

Sep 02, 2012 09:52 AM #71
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Barbara Todaro
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Jeanne....yes, you're right.... this is "just real estate"..... and when we think about your comment, how silly we are to even think about not taking a vacation.....except for the fact that we DO need to have our clients covered when we're gone and if we can't, we shouldn't go.... it's their life savings.... there's a certain degree of responsibility....Hella works alone, as an example, and she can't take a week or go to Europe....but if someone is happy with taking a half day or a day now and then, that's reasonable..... not sure if "just real estate" is good phrase to use.... I consider "real estate" a career that requires some degree of responsibility....

Sep 02, 2012 10:45 AM #72
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Jeanne Gregory
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I didn't  mean we didn't need to be responsible, but if someone hasn't taken a day off in 8 years, they are missing life.  My clients are very important to me and I provided for their service while I was gone.  But it's not really a life or death situation and most folks are pretty adept at adapting to circumstances.  The point I was trying to make is that our time on the planet is limited.  10 years from now, I probably won't remember exactly which client I was working with on August 31st, but I will remember my loved one's funeral and the family and friends that surrounded me.  You have to purposefully arrange your life and your business to enjoy BOTH. 

Sep 02, 2012 11:47 AM #73
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Barbara Todaro
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Jeanne.... there are reasons that some people need to be present at home and not take a vacation for that many years....I believe Gail's husband has been very ill and I assume she is the sole supporter and care giver for her husband... I had a period of working for a couple of years without taking one day off....not one....and there were reasons for that...and I rose to the occasion and came through with flying colors....  but it was tough... I understand your comment.... when people work and haven't taken a vacation, there is usually a very good reason for it.... right now, I have a 90 year old mother and I'm an only child....I cannot leave for vacation....I had all I could do to rehab another home I own and move my daughter and grandchildren into it....and care for the 90 year old too....  yup, it's only real estate.... not a good day to talk about this topic....I'll stop now and bite my tongue....

Jeanne.... I'm sorry for your loss and I agree with what you're saying but there are circumstances that require no vacations.....  and the ideal situation is to enjoy both....I have enjoyed both in the past.... in 35 years of real estate, I've had more than my share of vacations with the family.... we've hit every island and more...and they do that now with their children.

Sep 02, 2012 12:03 PM #74
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Jeanne Gregory
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I think you may have mistaken my comment.  I totally understand if someone you love is ill and cannot get away.  Believe me, we just went through dealing with a loved one with Alzheimers.  And definitely Gail is dealing with life plus real estate.  I didn't mean, leave your duties and responsibilities to your family and go lay on the beach.  What I have heard from many agents (not just on Active Rain) is that they do not take time for themselves.  Some even brag about working 90 days without a day off (not a vacation, just a day off)  Although this is sometimes necessary, as in the responsibility to the elderly and ill, you still have to have a moment for yourself.  The caregiver needs care.  There was one year that I lost my mom, my husband had to work in a foreign country, one child went to college, one to high school and my broker closed his doors.  Yes, I did double duty and was pretty frazzled at the end of it.  But through that year and with a lot of encouragement from a great coach, I found that making priorities were a must.  All I was trying to say in my comment is that real estate is a way of making a living and we sometimes forget our priorities in the midst of demanding clients.  I didn't mean to offend.

Sep 02, 2012 05:04 PM #75
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Barbara Todaro
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Jeanne....no need to apologize.... I know you didn't mean to offend.... you actually inspired me to write another post..... the title is "it's only real estate"..... keep inspiring me....  nothing is personal.... some things strike me at that moment and I have to write a post....

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