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Time Management- Bathroom Breaks

I've read lots about Time Management, and I've taken a couple of classes that also talk about scheduling and learning to manage your time.  My problem with all this information is that I've never seen or heard anything about how to schedule in Bathroom Breaks!

Bathroom Breaks are very important, and sometimes I'll have to go for a couple of hours before finding 30 seconds to "sit down."  It's not good for your bladder or your kidneys.  What's funny is that I'm typing this because I've been trying to get to the bathroom for over an hour now, but emails keep coming in or the phone keeps ringing and then I have to follow up with others when I get off the phone that requires more information.  So, instead of getting up and going, since I now had 2 minutes to spear, I decided to type this out with my foot tapping.

It's a fierce circle throughout the day, and I drink A LOT of water!!

Does anyone have any tricks on working bathroom breaks into your busy schedules?

Comment balloon 18 commentsDonna Harris • October 11 2006 01:22PM

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Depends.
Posted by Rob Robinson- Lehigh Valley PA (Bertrum Settlements (Title & Abstract)) about 12 years ago

When you get the answer -- please let me know....   as I type this as I tap my foot!

Posted by Colleen Kulikowski, Creative Real Estate Solutions... (The Griffin Team @ Keller Williams Realty) about 12 years ago

I use the "when ya gotta go, ya gotta go" doctrine and go when I gotta go. ;-)

You need to disclipine yourself to go when "ya gotta go"; there are no life threatening emergencies in real estate; it can wait.

Posted by Jim Lee, Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH (RE/MAX Shoreline) about 12 years ago

I like to run around the house singing the song from the commerical:

"Gotta go Gotta go Gotta go Gotta go Gotta go Gotta go Gotta go."

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 12 years ago

Sure, I bring my laptop into the bathroom and write a few blogs while I'm committed :)

Scott

Posted by Scott Gormley (Oak Valley Mortgage-California Home Loans and Refinancing) about 12 years ago
ha ha Rob. I touch on the time management issue in THIS BLOG and must say, that I too fall into that trap. I tend to lump my "leave my desk" activities together, so I dont feel "unproductive" when I use the bathroom. I stack my "gotta copy and gotta fax" in a pile and take it when I need to "go" ... Good idea? Probably not, but it works for me.
Posted by Derek and Mariana Wagner, The Artisan Group - Colorado Springs REALTORSĀ® (The Artisan Group- Keller Williams Premier Realty ) about 12 years ago

Interesting blog.  I actually have taken my laptop into the bathroom now that I have wireless at home.

I've often wondered when the people on "24" take a bathroom break.

Posted by Linda Davis (RE/MAX Home Team) about 12 years ago

Linda, I'm so there with you!!  Every time 24 is on, I ask what time it is and if they stopped for lunch, dinner, late night snack, ect...  my husband thinks I need to get over it.  But, if it's going to portray 24 hours in a day, no one goes that long without eating!!

This is a very important blog and I'm surprised it has not been chosen as a featured blog yet...  bladder infections are very important to learn how to avoid!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 12 years ago
Ok, now I think we have gone to far. Are we really discussing how to find time to use the toilet? Not only that, but this is a public post. Now maybe I'm clueless, but this definately needs to be a members only post. Let's get real folks.
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 12 years ago
Bryant and Lovely wife, you are right of course.  I had no idea this was a public post - I "assumed" this was not, of course and never really looked. And you know what they say about assuming.
Posted by Linda Davis (RE/MAX Home Team) about 12 years ago

I gotta tell ya..."When ya gotta go...ya gotta go..."

I couldn't help myself...... ;-D

You CANNOT schedule potty breaks....

Posted by Alexander Harb, Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing (Knights Investing) about 12 years ago

Why should I put this as Members Only?  I have this blog entry on my regular blog as well.  It shows great customer service that I work to get work done and don't take "personal" time when I have things to do. 

There are plenty of AR "blogs" that should be posted on the Forum, but people rather get 200 points than actually blog about something useful.  Time Management is useful and was actually a serious question.  Don't get me started about people adding comments for 25 points, or adding comments to their own blogs just for the sake of getting the comment count higher so they get rated higher on the main blog page.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 12 years ago

I schedule "almost" everything.  And I try to keep the times tight and the schedule moving so I can focus on what I'm doing.  I try to be effective, speedy, efficient, and accurate.  My goal is to get it down quickly so I can be with my kids that much more.  Included in that schedule is a lot of breaks, although they arn't identified as potty breaks they often end up as potty breaks.

I also drink a LOT of water, I usually have a CASE of bottled watter in my back seat (so much cheaper that way and it's great to share).  And I have a great tuperware water bottle that gets filled often.

It's hard to focus, or be effective, speedy, efficient, or accurate when "I gotta Pee!"  But then again it's also hard to move at 60mph all day non stop too.  SO I do take LOTS of breaks.  Usually two to three minutes between each task on the calendar is usually enouph to get up, stretch, visit the potty, but not always.. sometimes the need finds you mid sentance..

When that happens when I'm not with the person or on the phone with them I just go and take the break without feeling guilty, the letter or email can wait.  And I've tried to make a habit of visiting the potty before any meeting or phone prospecting session.

Posted by Christopher Bergeron (Coldwell Banker Grace Drapeau) about 12 years ago
Christopher, Thank you for a well thought out answer.  It makes a lot of sense.
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 12 years ago

Donna,

I am sorry I prefer my name not be on this Blog if it is to stay public. Bummer! I do not know what else I can say.

 

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 12 years ago
Ok Donna, I get your point. I was having a very opinionated day yesterday. I need to remember that something that is not important to me may be important to others. Now I have to go "pee"!!! :)
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 12 years ago
Dont you hate when you are taling to someone on the cell phone and you hear the toylet flush. I dont think some people take a bathroom break.
Posted by Christine Adler, SE Palm Beach, Broward & NE Miami-Dade Counties FL (FindAHomeWithMe.com) about 12 years ago

JUST DO IT!

Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) about 12 years ago

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