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Time Management- When's the Bathroom Break?

This morning, I sat through a 2 hour Time Management class.  Many things were discussed except something that I find to be very important, Bathroom Breaks.  When do you take them?

If you schedule your appointments and prospecting time and try to return phone calls and emails in between, when do you get 2 extra minutes to use the bathroom?

Some times, I run around for three or four hours having to go to the restroom, but don't find the time to stop and go.  I think that I "have to" send one last email, or that I "have to" make one more phone call, and then those emails and calls add up to one more and one more and one more...

When does that "everything is urgent" cycle end so I can use the bathroom?

With some of the methods I learned today, I'm hoping to be able to set some bathroom time aside, however, he believes blogging can be a waste of time, though I know he's going to read this as he likes to check up on me (*Wink wink LAT*).  He's a closet blogger. He reads them but doesn't write them.  I might convert him one of these days.

Until then, I'm off to the bathroom!

Comment balloon 29 commentsDonna Harris • December 09 2008 02:10PM

Comments

Donna,

Thanks for the visual. 2 minutes? that's 120 seconds or 2 whole commercials. If you had a blackberry you could read the news, your emails and even text your closet blogger friend about your day.

That bathroom is very ugly. Why is it orange?  I'd be stressed in that environment and would probably end up constipated and exhausted.

Girl's go pee way to much. I think yall do this to annoy us men. You should hold it longer that way when you do go you can utilize the entire 120 seconds instead of looking at your fingernails or playing with your hair.

I've never seen my wife go number 2. She always locks the door, turns on faucet or the shower. So odd.

I have my own rituals that I don't think you care to learn more about.

Thanks for sharing this enlighting post about your day. I hope everything comes out okay and with a a splash.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 10 years ago

Greg, Not a problem. I'm good with visuals!  I thought the orange would be bright and pop off the page and people would notice it.

I don't go very often as I hold it and hold it, and then my doctor gets all mad at me for another UTI.  Girls go so often because their doctors tell them it's bad for infections to hold it and to go at the first urge. I don't have time to go at the first urge, or I would spend all day in the bathroom!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Donna. This is how wars get started! :)  A) I didn't say blogging is/was/can be a waste of time. In fact, the PowerPoint page that it was on specifically said that it is not "dumb, unprofessional, silly, unimportant or wasteful" - can't get more clear than that! B) Blogging to learn from other agents' experiences, share your experiences or to simply connect with other people in the business is not a waste of time - fairly unproductive from an income generating perspective, but no more waste of time than watching a TV show or going for a walk.

I said I believe activities "like" blogging are less productive than prospecting (open houses, FSBOs and expireds) and certainly less productive than actual meetings with actual buyers and sellers. "But Leonard, there are lots of agents that make lots of money blogging" - fantastic. Just because there are agents that make several sales a year hanging out at their country club, I don't think everyone should go run out and buy golf clubs.

To sustain a high income in real estate, year after year, one's activities and results must be predictable and duplicatable, i.e. if I hold 4 open houses this month, I know on average I'll get 5 groups per open house, 20 groups in all - of the 20 groups, I'll get appointments with 6 of them - of the 6 appointments, I'll get 3 listings - of the 3 listings, 2 will sell. I track my numbers, I know this to be true. Same holds true for knocking on FSBOs and expireds.

I think it's much much more difficult to predict and duplicate activity from blogging. Blogging can lead to sales, no doubt, but so can talking to people in line at the grocery store and kibbitzing with waiters and waitresses at restaurants - it doesn't mean you want it to make it an integral part of your business model.

Having said all that, Greg's probably on to something - post from the potty and be done with it!

Leonard

Posted by Leonard Thomas (RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs) about 10 years ago

Leonard, I wasn't trying to start a war.  I said that you thought blogging "can be" a waste of time.  I didn't say you said anything about it being silly or dumb.  I understand too many people spend way too much time blogging about nonsense when they could be more proactive in generating business.

I also said that I'll be taking some of what you said and implementing them.  It was a great class.  You just didn't mention my bathroom breaks!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

hmmm.

I think I'll excuse myself to the bathroom. I have a sudden urge all of a sudden.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 10 years ago

LOL! This sheds new light on why people call it a Crapberry. 

 

Posted by Amanda Evans, Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas (DFW Living) about 10 years ago

Greg, Did everything work out well for you?  LOL

Amanda, Exactly!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Leonard, Leonard - "blogging ... fairly unproductive from an income generating perspective."  You weren't at the Dallas Active Rain happy hour last week where Donna's cell phone wouldn't quit ringing with new listing appointments from people who found her in the Rain.  Blogging is quite productive for some.

Donna, when I worked in telecommunications, I had a friend who was a supervisor of programmers.  He used to tell stories about his guys who were so caught up in their programming that they'd "go" right there at their desks.  Yuck!

Posted by Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417, Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate (United Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Lorrie, I got the listings, by the way!  As for those programmers, they wonder why many of them don't date...  that's gross!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Donna,

I actually look forward to my time alone time. I'm on a schedule, or my body is. Very strange.

"hold it"

so funny, that's what kids say! lol.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 10 years ago

Greg, I've never understand why guys think that time is considered valuable time alone.  If done properly, it should take you no more time than any other time. You should be in and out in under 2 minutes.  More time than that, and we're talking hemorrhoids.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Donna - Believe me when I say this. My bathroom breaks can be productive and long. But that I mean I'm chugging along on my laptop. Sometimes on it for too long. I just get stuck in one spot, rather than moving around. I guess this is more than you want to know.

About Leonard's comments - He probably spoke to the "general" real estate agents who has not blog much. If you bring this topic to AR, you bet some agents will say Blogging can be predictable and duplicatable. Again, to me blogging is just as predictable or unpredictable than cold calling, door knocking, and other proactive approaches to prospecting. Ask some of the serious bloggers here, they will tell you that their mainstream income comes from blogging. Each to his/ her own, I guess.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) about 10 years ago

C'mon... ask me how I picked up a referral today...

a.) someone who knows me from blogging on A|R contacted me

b.) someone I met while peeing in a bathroom referred someone to me

c.) both A & B

And the winner is: "a"... but wouldn't it have been funny if it had been either of the others?  So, as you can see from this scientific evaluation, blogging is more important (and a better business generator) than peeing.  So there!  :)

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 10 years ago

Loreena, You take your laptop in with you?  The heat from the laptop has got to hurt your legs!  And yes, many will disagree with what Leonard said, but different things work for different folks. He loves open houses, and I wouldn't dare give up a Sunday to sit and talk with myself.  He has it down to a science, and I rather not figure out the science to it.

Steve, I knew it couldn't be B because I know guys are taught not to talk or make eye contact in the restroom!!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Just as long as you don't take your Blackberry in there with you to make calls, LOL!  Actually, it's just like on TV -- no one goes to the bathroom.  I wonder if we added up all the time spent in that little room how much of our day it would represent. . .

Posted by Teri Deane, Realtor, ABR, CRS, SFR - The Deane Team (RE/MAX 100) about 10 years ago

Teri, I've shown houses that have phone jacks in the bathroom and as soon as I see it, I always tell the buyers, "Please don't ever call me from that phone" and I'll point.  Most think it's obsurd to have a phone in there.  Yes, it would be interesting to know how much time is spent in there each year.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

what was this blog about again.....

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 10 years ago

Greg, Did you strain too hard that you pushed out your memory cells?

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Donna,

Good looking people do not go number 2. It vanishes into thin air. Attractive women do not flatulate or burp either.

Damn... this water isn't so shallow afterall.

when you coming to cypress?

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 10 years ago

Greg, This is "public" so let's try to tone down the visuals... time management is an important topic!

;)

Has Cypress done away with humidity?  No?  Then, NEVER!!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Donna - I'm right there with you...  Sometimes, hours go by and I still have to go!

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) about 10 years ago

Hi Donna -

Interesting Blog today.  There are many, many, many who READ blogs but haven't yet jumped into pulling the trigger and sharing the viewpoints.  Anyway, if blogging is such a waste of time I'd like to know what his definition of networking is???????

Have a peaceful and happy holiday season and keep blogging!!!!

Posted by Omega Omega (Omega) almost 10 years ago

Hi Donna;

Great post and super information. Thank you for sharing. Happy new Year!

Posted by Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) almost 10 years ago

Diapers are great for time management!  lol

Posted by Colleen Lane, Realtor(r) 509.438.9344 www.LaneRealEstateTeam.com (Kennewick Richland (and West) Pasco WA Homes For Sale) almost 10 years ago

Donna - just do what the female astronaut did - wear a diaper in the car. Can you imagine showings with an adult diaper on? Hey - you could provide some to your clients before they get into the car. Can you imagine? Thanks for the laugh.

Posted by Kim Dean, d + b real estate, McKinney, TX REALTOR Broker/Own (www.RealFamilyRealEstate.com) almost 10 years ago

Debbie, Amen!

Omega, Many are shy.

Anthony, Thank you and happy new year to you too.

Colleen, Yes, my daughter sure thinks so, though she can go through 6 diapers in a 20 minute period, seriously!

Kim,  Yeah, that just sounds gross! 

 

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) almost 10 years ago

I thought I was the only one who held my pee just to get one more thing done!!! LOL

Posted by Tammy Deviley (RE/MAX Select REALTORS LLC) almost 10 years ago

Tammy, nope, you're definitely not the only one!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) almost 10 years ago

Donna,

I find I do the same thing but with eating. I look up and realize I have not eaten all day and its 4 or 5

Posted by Shuki Haiminis (Lofts.com) almost 10 years ago

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