The Times, They Are A Changin'
Thanks to Grant Schneider and his Time Management Challenge, we have all enjoyed reading the 'timeless' entries this month! I had been debating an approach - short-term, long-term, true time management; how do I present time management without sounding boring and instructional?
Earlier this month, while pondering this post content, I got a call from my mother that my 106-year-old MawMaw (my Dad’s mother) had taken her final breath. Since that call, I’ve spent a lot of time, thinking about our time here on earth. Time is something that we often take for granted; how often do we wish it away? We can’t wait for spring; we anxiously await vacation; there are even some years that those of us who are parents, can’t wait for school to start!
As parents, we anxiously await the end of the terrible twos…or what about those (even worse) ‘terrible teen’ years? Oh my, how I would love to have some of that time back - time spent with my boys, my own family, my grandparents and my friends. In fact, spending more time with those I love is the only thing I would want to change about my life. I absolutely love what I do for a living, I love those with whom I work and I cannot think of another man in the world to whom I would want to be married.
The only thing that we can do about time, is live each moment to its fullest - show others we care, laugh, teach and share. Yes, we can manage our time better and that is something that I strive to do each and every day of my life. Of course, according to Ray, I could take some more ‘me time’ but, seeing that I am so passionate about what I do for a living, I enjoy all of my time spent working - more often than not, it really doesn’t feel like work to me!
With regards to managing my work life, my best advice is that in our profession, we MUST be flexible. Oh, I've touted in a buyers' market that my time is MY time and that I will 'see you by appointment' - I've said before, "I'm not a pop-tart agent!"
Well, in 2017, you'd better BELIEVE I am all over being a pop-tart agent for my buyers! Think about it - you're a buyer in a 'thinventory' market and a house hits the market that YOU, as a buyer, KNOWS will be gone in 24 hours, your agent had BETTER answer their phone and show you the house or you're going to miss out on your dream home. That will never happen to my buyers! In the rare case that I can't show a property, an assistant CAN.
In fact, I will phone my clients and say, "Your new home just hit the market; meet you at 123 Main Street at 6PM!" And, yes, my clients jump too - they know that if they don't, they're going to miss out.
If my phone rings, I answer it if I'm awake and not in the middle of something at the moment. Why not? Why put off until tomorrow what you can take care of today?
Some may say that's not disciplined enough for them but, honestly, in this market, full-fledged time management goes out the window when it comes to my clients. When the market changes, my time management changes as well. Since my business is customer-centric, my time is their time...within reason, of course!
Tips & Tools
As for the 'how' with our changing times and management of my own time, regardless of the market, my calendar is my life! EVERYTHING goes on my calendar - numbers, email addresses, home addresses and all appointments, including personal 'date night' time. I want access to information on all devices and putting everything on in my calendar app is the best way for me to have control.
The second tip is to hire professionals to manage everything that takes me away from my time with clients...assistants for planning, managing the paperwork & publishing/marketing listings, professional photographer & videographer, professional measuring staff and professional staging. I pay a lot of money to free me up to be with my clients (past and present) and believe me, it's worth every penny!
*Both of these (tip & tool alike) do NOT change with the times - I practice these in every market!
In summary, just as we must be flexible to be successful in this business, we must be flexible with our method of time management. Times change, as does our time management. So, be flexible and don't be so regimented that your clients suffer in a hot market - be there for them. If you love what you do and care about those you serve, you will embrace changing times and be flexible in your time management.
© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | The Times, They Are A Changin'