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Manage Your Time, Schedule, and Family Priorities

by Donna Budoff 09/24/2018

When you stop and think about all the details you have to take care of as a homeowner, it sometimes feels like you're running a business! That's especially true if have to coordinate everything from family doctor appointments to home remodeling projects.

Many people get so caught up in their daily routines and responsibilities that they lose sight of all the things they actually can handle, do overcome, and can accomplish!

No matter how organized and motivated you are, though, problems, oversights, and blunders do occasionally happen. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize the chances of making mistakes or forgetting something important.

Don't depend on your memory. Writing and revising lists of daily priorities, appointments, and reminders can be a valuable strategy for organizing your day. Mobile devices also have scheduling capabilities, note taking apps, and calendar features that can help you stay on track. When you commit a priority to writing or set up a reminder on your cell phone or tablet, you're increasing the probability that you'll remember appointments, fulfill obligations, and keep household projects moving forward.

Start with small steps: One challenge many people struggle with is motivating themselves to tackle an important project around the house. For example, let's say you desperately need to paint a room, straighten out a closet, or organize your filing system. Whether you're "too busy to turn around" or just plain unmotivated, it can be difficult to get started on a home improvement or organization project!

While you may have a few pet theories on why you can't seem to get started on a project, it might boil down to Newton's Laws of Motion. Back in the 17th century, physicist Isaac Newton stated that a stationary object (one that's not moving) tends to stay out of motion -- unless it's acted on by an outside force! Granted, he may not have been talking specifically about human beings, but the same principle seems to apply. Whether you're trying to get out of a warm, comfortable bed in the morning or take advantage of your new gym membership, it's often difficult to nudge yourself into action when you're in a state of rest. It's a problem we all have at one time or another.

The solution is to start small and build momentum as you go. Taking small steps at first, such as buying the supplies you need for a home improvement project, can often provide the extra push you need to get started. Telling a friend or family member that you're going to accomplish something this weekend can also help propel you forward.

If you need help in remembering things, consider buying a couple notebooks for writing daily lists. If you view yourself as a "technophobe," make it your mission to learn how to use the calendar app on your phone or tablet.

In addition to old-fashioned schedule reminders like wall calendars, appointment books, and desk calendars, you can even send yourself reminders via email or enlist the help of friends, family, or colleagues to remember appointments and priorities.

However, regardless of how many memory devices you use to organize your schedule or tackle household projects, keep in mind the motto of U.S. President Harry S. Truman: "The buck stops here!"

About the Author

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Donna Budoff

Hi, I'm Donna Budoff and I'd love to assist you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional like me by your side. I'd be honored to put my real estate experience to work for you.

Here's what some of my clients have said about me.

Thanks to Donna, the process of selling our home was, while sometimes stressful, seamless. Donna was very hands-on, professional, knowledgeable, and always available to answer any questions or concern. She was with us every step of the way, from providing a home stager and professional photographer at the beginning, to being there for the walk-thru and closing. We would definitely recommend Donna to anyone who is thinking of buying or selling in Rockland County. 

Lori and Robert MacLeod

  

Realtor Donna Budoff recently helped us sell our home in Suffern, N.Y. From our first interaction to our last with Donna she was the consummate professional. I can't imagine anyone working harder for a client. Donna always went above and beyond our expectations in order to sell our home. This included hiring a stager to optimize the look of the home, running multiple open houses for other realtors and potential buyers, and keeping in close touch with us in a very timely manner. Even when we didn't call her she called up to keep us informed. Donna is a kind, caring person who listens carefully and respectfully to her clients and answers every question knowledgeably and in a timely fashion. Once our house was sold the transaction went smoothly in great part because Donna followed through on all of the details, even the smallest one. She made what could have been quite a stressful situation a positive experience. It was indeed an absolute delight working with Donna Budoff to sell our home. I would highly recommend Donna to anyone who was interested in buying or selling a home. She is the best!