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 Distractions (in a Real Estate Office)
By: Kimberly Cameron, CRS
Sun, Mar 20th, 2005 11:08 pm

This one is a little off topic- but maybe you might find it useful. I find I am always looking for ways to increase my efficiency and find another hour in each day. Of course I am, who isn't??? I have found 5 main distractions in my life and decided to offer ways to avoid them.

1) Office: "The negative co-worker". We all have one, that individual that never has anything positive to say and takes the wind out of your sail when you are on a "high" from a great call or meeting. It's easy to be sucked into the web of negatively. Make a policy to only discuss business transactions with those directly involved with the transaction. This way "Mr. Negative" doesn't effect your professional life.

2) Just Say NO!: Everyone wants to be liked by clients and co-workers, particularly "newbes" to the office. It's okay to mentor a rookie, but not at the expense of your business (i.e. your wallet). Look for a plan for the Rookie and decide if you will actively assist them in their plight. If not, feel free to just say no! You will be doing them a disservice if you're not entirely committed.

3) Task Management: Often when someone has too many tasks to attend to, they can become overwhelming and little gets accomplished in the end. Create to-do lists through a task management program like Outlook. This will automate the process and "reminders" will free up the additional time spent trying to remember what you were supposed to be doing in the first place. Automating your professional life will inadvertently free up time both professionally and personally.

4) Demanding People: We all seem to have that one friend, co-work, family member, or client that sucked the proverbial energy out of you, constantly calling and interrupting your day. Create a communication schedule to provide regular contact. This will allow you to be proactive instead of reactive.

5) Unrealistic Promises: Nothing feels worse than letting down your clients, boss, spouse or, even worse, your kids. When you fail to carry through on a promised action, it creates a ripple effect that can spread quickly. The mess that you create through "under delivering" will take more time in the end. Make sure you follow through on everything you promise. Say NO if you can't handle it. An old boss used to tell me "Say what you mean and mean what you say". Good words to live by in all areas of your life.

Originally published on the "The Original St. Louis Real Estate Blog"

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Darin "Sid" Cameron spent 15 years working in the technology industry which in 1998 relocated him to St. Louis. In 2004 he took over web development tasks for Kimberly's real estate team and later became the full-time Marketing and Operations Director in 2005. In 2011 Sid launched two brokerages, The Realty Store, Inc. and Realty Referral Partners, Inc, while continuing to perform marketing and operations for Kimberly's team. Sid holds a real estate broker's license in Missouri, CRS certification and was the first CyberStar in the St. Louis area.
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