Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Time Management is about Getting Focused

Time Management is about Getting Focused

Where does the Time go?

When you love what you are doing, time seems to pass very quickly. I have been loving my career in real estate for 37 years and it has been very good to me. I had to learn to master my days or my days would be mastering me.

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There have been times I have wished for more hours in the day. Jokingly I have said with just 2 more hours each day, I could do everything I want or need to do. Since that hasn't happened, I have figured out how to focus and get control of my days. 

It takes planning and systems. I am a huge believer in time blocking. I am so good at it, that I can block out all distractions around me and churn out the work in record time. I use my quiet time to massage ideas into shape and get possible resolutions which makes my work time more focused and on point.  This makes for truly productive time blocking productivity, too. My systems give me access to my files wherever I am. That too makes me more efficient, more relaxed and in control.

My workdays vary with meetings and client needs and prospecting for future business. Priorities are always first and once settled or resolved, pockets of time open up for more relaxed and fun activities like a leisurely lunch, a few minutes of shopping or doing some cooking, baking or gardening.

Part of working hard means there are rewards. My travel is my reward and I pack a lot into any trip. I want it to be a meaningful, learning experience. My husband is kind enough to let me do all the planning and packing in the adventures. 

Meanwhile while traveling, I have my work life in good order because of my systems and prior planning. Thinking about next year, I have several trips planned with a special one to Italy to visit our son. I will do it with no regrets because work will be taken care of.

This is an entry into the Time Management Contest.

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Comment balloon 13 commentsDebbie Reynolds • November 01 2017 02:43AM



Yes . . . . focus on the key activities and our time management falls into place.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 1 year ago

You are good at managing your time. Thank you for sharing how you do it. 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 1 year ago

HI Debbie Reynolds - Your system works for you and that is perfect! Your post reminded me of when my husband retired and told me how much time he would have to get things done. Well at the end of his career he was coasting and only got about 6 hours back a day. Add extra sleep and lounging around and it was gone!  Now that we work together, he kids me about wishing he was back at work!

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 1 year ago

Debbie, you are a pro at time management and it shows with all of the business you complete throughout the year. The systems you have in place work and I admire the balance you've found. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) over 1 year ago

Nice post Debbie Reynolds .  I agree with you that having access to files anywhere/anytime is helpful but sometimes I miss the old days when after you left the office, there was not much you could do until the next day.  Guaranteed personal time!  Given a choice between the old days and the advantages of technology, I'll take technology.

Posted by Jim Cheney, Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055 (Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA) over 1 year ago

Good morning, Debbie... I bet you can't wait for your trip to Italy. (One of my favorite places in the world.)

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) over 1 year ago

Good morning Debbie Reynolds - focusing and finishing works for me as well.  I don't find the idea of multi-tasking very focused.  The reward makes it worthwhile.  When working on something with a big enough reward time does not get in the way.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 1 year ago

Good morning Debbie.  I think you have mastered the art of time management.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 1 year ago

Debbie I completely agree with your statement

"master my days or my days would be mastering me." 

That is sooooo true

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 1 year ago

Debbie, I find that time blocking works well for me too. 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 1 year ago

Thank you very much, Debbie, for sharing some of your successful time management practices.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 1 year ago


Isn't it nice to have those systems in place that allow us to be efficient, especially since we don't have those 2 more hours in a day?  There are some great tips in your post!!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 1 year ago

Debbie, I am with you! Travel is the reward for my husband, my family and me.

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