Conquer Your Time Management Challenges - Realty Academy
Featuring Carla Cross
Featuring Darryl Cross
Urgent Not Urgent Important Not Important 1 2 3 4 Too much time in 1, will force you to spend too much time in 4 Too much time in 4 may get you fired Most important to spend time in 2- Planning and Strategy are critical. You need to schedule time to think and plan. Crisis Deadlines Meetings Planning Experiment Creative Strategy Interruptions Emails Meetings Projects “ Escape” Time Trivial Matters, Surfing the Internet Wasting Time, Grabbing a Coffee
I carry around an electronic PDA and a small but sturdy pad of paper. I found that I don't have the savvy or patience to enter every single to-do item in my PDA, so I put all of my appointments — business and personal — in the PDA, and I jot down my daily and weekly to-do items in my notepad. I set audio reminders on my PDA for my appointments, and I simply check off the items on my to-do list with a pen. It's the best of both worlds for me.
As I am running errands, cooking dinner, or trying to fall asleep, and I think of something I need to do, I call my office and leave myself a voicemail message. I use the same strategy for personal reminders when I’m at work — I call home and leave a message. Sometimes when I get back to the office, I wonder who in the world would have called me at midnight, only to realize it was me!
Twelve years ago I was working full time and raising two daughters on my own. I was almost always on the phone or running to and from appointments. Then, I had a wake-up call.
My oldest daughter asked me how long my appointments usually last. I told her that it depends, but that they’re normally 30 minutes to an hour. Without skipping a beat, she asked if she could have an appointment with me.
I now make appointments for everything. Going with a friend to get a pedicure? It’s a one-hour meeting. Sneaking away for a movie? I tell clients: "I've got appointments from 1 to 3 p.m." I don’t have one bit of guilt about this. I equate my personal time to a million-dollar closing, and I would be crazy to miss that!
As my daughters grew up, I rarely missed a sporting event — and one of them competed nationally in gymnastics. I made every parent-teacher conference, and I still have a weekly "meeting" with a girlfriend for cocktails and appetizers.
Shelly Brunette, Real Estate One, Traverse City, Mich.