Choose the ‘highest and best use’ of your time

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It wasn't until I was an adult that I figured out that my parents were right about the whole TV thing. They decided that spending hours in front of the television set was the wrong way to spend a childhood, and I wasn't allowed to watch it very much. It wasn't just about the quality of the junk I used to like to watch, like "Gilligan's Island." It was because when I was in the house sitting on the couch, eyes glued to the set, I wasn't outside socializing with friends, playing games, doing homework, riding my bike, or helping around the house. We all have choices on how we spend our free time -- and our work time, and our money -- and those choices matter. Each hour we spend doing one thing is an hour that cannot be spent some other way. We make decisions everyday on how to best use our time during the work day. For real estate agents, listing appointments and showing properties should always come first. The way I see it, the rest of the choices we make will determine how m...