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Real estate success: For love or money?

Part 3 of 4: How to manage work hours

(This is a Part 3 of a four-part series. See Part 1: Struggling for time in real estate; Part 2: Time misconceptions hurt real estate productivity and Part 4: Time tips help the real estate day fly by.) Would you like to free up eight hours this week in one effortless stroke? If so, the 80-20 rule can help you "make time when there isn't any." If you're struggling with too much to do and too little time in which to do it, a simple reorganization of your schedule may be all you need to reclaim your control. The process of regaining control begins with understanding what your highest priorities are. The Pareto principle says that 80 percent of the benefit comes from the top 20 percent of our activities. Putting this a little differently, concentrating on a few key activities is all you need to be extremely successful. Furthermore, eliminating the bottom 20 percent of what you do each week will have virtually no effect on your customer service levels or your profitability. To identi...