We take our job very seriously. We have invested a lot of time and energy into learning our trade and understanding the business. Naturally we love the design aspect, shopping, checking out properties, educating about creating a healthier earth and watching home transform. And it’s critical we understand the systems to doing things the right way and avoid unnecessary risk. When it boils down to it, it’s crazy fun.
Life as a real estate investor means we live on the fly, how we spend our days often gets made up as we go. The best scheduled plans can quickly get detoured when a potential deal needs to be accessed because offers are made quickly. Part of the excitement of the business is the unpredictability and it can also be a source of frustration. At times we have found ourselves distracted by the excitement and wasting time on the wrong tasks.
Because of the tendency to chase shiny things, we have begun to emphasize improving our systems to implement tasks and routines with flexibility. This allows us to keep focused on structure while still allowing for unplanned events. We time block when to work on marketing, communications, renovation tasks, analyzing deals, education and networking meetings. We keep each other accountable for sticking to assigned tasks and staying focused. Our business is more productive because of this method.
Keeping in mind the necessity of avoiding distractions, I stood in our construction zone making a mental note of all of the duties which would need to be worked on over the next few days. Tile on the kitchen floor to be repaired, trim around the windows, installing appliances, paint etc. I placed a phone call to the contractor to go over what I was seeing when outside the window I spotted a flash of white. Grateful to have the major part of my conversation completed, my focus wavered from his words to narrow in on the bright spot across the street. I darted to the window like a labrador retriever and there it was, a small furry ghost on the tree, the neighborhood albino squirrel. Okay, so we are not perfect. We can’t time block everything and may still chase ‘shiny things’ on occasion.