I was just on a 2-day road trip with my 2 sons (ages 5 and almost 13). We drove from Portland, Oregon to Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Without fail, I would come up on a rest area and ask, “Does anyone need to use the bathroom?”
Nine times out of ten, the answer would be, “no.” … So, I would keep driving. Not 5 miles later I hear, “Mom, I have to go to the bathroom, right now!”
“Can you hold it for 3 more miles?”
So much for urgency.
After about 8 scenarios just like this, I began to realize that the “hold it” rule can apply to real estate. (No, not the “I have to pee so bad, but will check ONE more email before making a mad dash to the restroom” kind of “hold it” rule…)
As a real estate agent it seems like everything is an absolute urgency.
Reply to this email. Call this Seller. Print this flyer. Answer the phone. Answer the phone. Answer the phone. Write this blog post. Answer this question. Yell at this person. Read this other email. Blah Blah Blah.
Sometimes I get so scattered, bouncing from one unfinished urgency to another unfinished urgency and really get about nothing done in the process.
After noticing that even my kids’ (and my) bladders could hold out for just a little bit longer, I realized that maybe 90% off all the things that I (and my clients’ and other agents and even husband) think is oh-so-urgent really could wait just a little bit so that I could finish some of the things that I started before the “urgency” popped into my life.
Maybe I would actually get more DONE if I applied the “hold it” rule more often.