SPRING RENEWAL--My "ITEMIZED DAILY PLAN" (IDP) to create and renew my business.
Today is March 21, 2011---An awesome day in that I have "turned" a corner in my business life; I have made a decision today that all of my efforts going forward will be guided by my "Itemized Daily Plan" (My IDP).
I took the day off and spent all day studying the way I can do business in the thriftiest waypossible...I looked at it and studied it until I was almost cross-eyed!
I also did an in-depth self-examination to see how commited I really am and I worked on that too. I took my fears, wrote them down and let them subside as I did that, then tore up the paper I wrote them on and burned them just outside my door (Just a little fire:).
I then wrote a new, fresh list of my goals and my ideas as to how to efficiently go forward: I drew up a detailed, everyday plan(My IDP) to use as I would a grocery list....
My Mother taught me that the most important things you can do to stay with in your budget and not over-spend while you are in the grocery store are:
- "Do not ever go grocery shopping while you are hungry"
- "Always write out a list of exactly what you need at the grocery store and never, ever buy anything that is NOT on it!"
The later is the "IDP" or Itemized Daily Plan--an effective way to stay on my program or schedule on a permanent basis!
This works! I don't know if any of you have had the experience of shoping while hungry; if you have you know what I mean! I am sure you also know how rewarding it is to have a list with you at the store and be able to get in and out without overspending!
In todays world of complicated, economy crushing happenings, it is essential to stay within a budget! All the efforts in the world to NOT OVER-SPEND will not work unless you have the determination to stay on budget. My new plan will be lean and mean--no more driving around just to "see houses"; My gasoline will be reserved to be used ONLY when I am with a customer/client.
I will walk every where else since I live right in the heart of Southampton Village.(A real benefit to my fitness as well!)
So, my plan will look something like this as I go out into the world of business tomorrow morning:
- Arrive at office at 9:00 AM
- Attend 10:00 office meeting
- Go on caravan
- Do searches on the GIS for new potential properties/listings.
- Call any homeowners that I find from my research.
- Call former buyers to see that they are happy in their homes.
- Call local small business' to see if they would like to sponsor a "give-away" for my summer tenants as a form of advertising.(Beach picnic baskets, beach towels, etc)
- Set up appointments for the weekend.
- Call rental listings to see if any one who is not rented yet for summer wants to sell their home.
- Wrap up the day with a few more calls to former clients just to touch base
My day will end only after I have completed all the daily details. I have a supply of miniature legal pads that I plan on using for my lists--they are ruled and compact enough so I can tuck them in my bag and have them easily available.
Each day I will have a prepared list of all the things that I need to do that day--if I don't get to an item, it goes on the next days list. My commitment to this way of organizing myself will keep me on purpose with my list each day.....I really believe that it takes drastic measures in this economy to overcome the downside.
With this plan, I am trying to keep myself in business; from what we are hearing we are in for a much longer stagnation in the economy than was originally thought.
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Paula I. Hathaway, Senior Broker Associate, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Southamtpon Village Real Estate Specialist since 1995; Also Specializes in North Sea, Noyac, Water Mill and Bridgehampton, New York
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