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Marcia Kelly, Real Estate Pro in Topeka, KS

In this hot market, how do you manage to take "down time" without losing potential clients & sales?

Asked by Marcia Kelly, Topeka, KS Tue Jun 18, 2013

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Here is a lesson I have learned from a recent experience - carve out the "down time". I work long hours and rarely take time off - at the expense of my family. Several weeks ago, I spent 4 days with our daughter before she left home to begin her career ----- when I returned one client fired me. I was stunned - but now view it as a blessing in disguise. I have made a point to thank those that allowed me to break away to give my daughter just a few days of undivided attention. I'll never forget that get away and with every day that passes, believe I made the right choice.

Life is short - don't forget to live it.

Jeanne Feenick
Unwavering Commitment to Service
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 19, 2013
3-D Management: Decide, Delegate, Disappear
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 18, 2013
John--love your response!
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Thank you so much for awarding me the "best answer" - it caused this string and my answer to come to the top of my email and reminded me to walk by own talk. This business can really take the starch out of you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 6, 2013
You can basically get coverage plus in this mobile world limit the everyday minor things. Shut your phone down or at least just return calls based on real importance.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 19, 2013

Good quesrion. You said the key word. 'Take' down time. it is really up to you. The key, which I am still learning, is time blocking. There are some great books, blogs and training on time-blocking to make a life and not just a living. All the best.

Robert McGuire
Your Castle Realestate
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 18, 2013
Marica, Great question!

Annette, Great response! On point!

Bridgette "Kyria" Chase
Exit Bennett Realty
301.974.7110 | mobile
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 18, 2013
The foundation of your question is based on a FALSE premise.
Vendors have been selling the message that we MUST be omni present or instantly avialiable to succeed. This is simply UNTRUE.
You can and should create the environment allowing those who need your help to self-select. You will find acting as a professional, instead of a puppet, results in being treated in the manner and with the professionlism and seriousness you desire. -
We all know we paticipate in an 'interrupt' driven business. But not all interruptions need emergency room treatment. However, too often. we only allow one option with the consquence being, no 'down time."
This concept is incompatible with a fear based or scarcity mindset. 'Without losing potential clients' suggests the presence of such a mindset.
Be clear in regards to the business you want.
Be clear in what you want the prospect to do.
Be clear regarding what they should expect.
Be vigilant to squash any embedded counter-intentions.
You will discover, your few downtime interruptions will be golden..not caustic.

Best of success
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 18, 2013
This is a great question and thank you for posting it. My biggest challenge, for sure, is carving out personal time and creating a boundary between work time and personal time. I have not been successful at it, as I seem to always feel compelled to respond practically 24/7. I am eager to see the other responses.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 18, 2013
I feel the same way. On my days off, I will get several phone calls. If I don't answer these quickly, these people move on to other agents. Customers aren't even loyal nowadays. They want quick responses.
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