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Top 10 Things to do To ENJOY Your Time Off

You can live in any area and still follow and/or appreciate this article written by Joni Staples, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate in Riverside, TX.

It is said that taking time away from work will help your mental state and increase productivity when you get back (Not sure where that info came from) but being able to let go if of your responsibilities once you are on a vacation is  much harder to do than you might think.

Below, Joni offers some really great tips and advice on how to enjoy your time off and  a few things you can do prior to your departure that just might help!! Thanks Joni!!

Top 10 Things to do to Enjoy Your Time Off.

A weekend at Matagorda, TX

10. Recognize that just because you are enjoying time off, does not mean that you are abandoning your responsibilities.  If an emergency comes up, you can still take care of it -- or better yet -- delegate it to someone who can. Even doctors take time off. They have a trusted colleague who is on call for them.

9. Prepare for your time off by tying up all loose ends and leaving detailed information for your trusted colleague who will be taking care of things for you while you are away.


Quick trip to Eureka S[rings for the Passion Play8. If you are taking multiple days off, prepare your clients by letting them in on the vacation plans. They will be excited for you once you show them how you have tied up all of the lose ends, and provided them with the same detailed list of information that you have given the trusted colleague.  This shows them how important they are to you and assures them that your colleague is prepared to help them at any given time.

7. Inform friends, family, and clients to contact your trusted colleague in case of emergency. Assure them that your trusted colleague is the FASTEST way to contact you in case of an emergency.  

Shot at the Great Sand Dunes6. Know the difference between an emergency and a concern.  The scheduled closing for today is not going to close because you, the listing agent who is in North Carolina on vacation, did not sign the last page of the sales contract.  THAT is an emergency! Docusign it to me and I can sign it on my cell phone!  

5. Schedule “needs and wants” for when you return. Just because your seller has changed the color of the hand towel in the half bath, DOES NOT MEAN that you have to leave the spa in the middle of your massage to go and take a new picture of the “remodeled” half bath. WHY were you answering your phone during the massage in the first place?! Hello!!

Taken at a Family Reunion in Rowlette, Texas4. Get over your fear that someone might think less of you for taking time off. The opposite could be true. People may wonder why you can not manage your time well enough to take even a day off. If you can’t manage your own time, how will you manage the time it will take to find someone a home or to get one sold? OR BOTH! (Oh my!)   

3. If you will be away for multiple days and will only be checking emails from your trusted colleague, set up an auto response for your email account(s) explaining that you will be away from email until a specific date and that, if it is an emergency, the fastest way to contact you would be to call (you guessed it) your trusted  colleague.

Genesis 2:32.  Get off of the pedestal. Recognize that you are not more important than, attorneys, bakers,  CPA’s, dishwashers, ditch diggers, doctors, firefighters, golf pros, nurses, pilots, police officers, professors, WalMart greeters, xylophone players, zoo keepers, or any other person. Every profession allows for time off.

1. Be like Nike and JUST DO IT!

Because YOU CAN!

You are blessed!


Enjoy your time off!

Top 10 Things to do to Enjoy Your Time Off.

Joni Staples, Broker Associate BHGHRE-AP (936) 650-9017


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Comment balloon 12 commentsTerrie Leighton • February 01 2012 03:12PM


It seems that I cannot enjoy my time without carrying my phone around with me, it that bad? haha

Posted by Bud & Beth McKinney, Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United (RE/MAX UNITED) over 7 years ago

I have no issues with taking off. I have someone that covers for me. If I am in country I just answer my phone. I have no problem with that. If I am out of country I check e-mails daily. Just a fact of life in this business. That is what makes it possible to get away

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) over 7 years ago

Great list and a great way to tidy a few things up in the process.  The important thing is to ENJOY the time off!


Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 over 7 years ago

When I leave I am otta of there so I don't have a problem I hire and pay two people to take over and let go.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) over 7 years ago

Hi Terrie, I would say that Joni nailed it with this post on taking some time off. It's a part of having a balanced life. Wishing you the Best in 2012!

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, over 7 years ago

great tips - makes me want to plan a vacation!

Posted by Lorena Barbosa, Broker, Westfield (David Realty Group) over 7 years ago

   I agree.  Most problems will solve themselves if we leave them alone. Or they will wait until we get back.

Posted by Ron Climer (Keller Williams Realty Mountain Partners) over 7 years ago
This definitely will help me with my fear of being away from the business. Thank you
Posted by Bud & Beth McKinney, Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United (RE/MAX UNITED) over 7 years ago

Thanks Bud & Beth ~ I hope some time this year to relax and not worry while on vacation!

Sounds like you always have things under control Bill. I have someone cover for me while I am away as well. I also love that I if I need anything signed I have access to Dcousign for signatures.

Vern ~ I agree, who go away if you are not able to "enjoy" that time!!

Charles ~ It is great to have the ability to hire not just one but two people to handle things when you go away. I am sure that allows you to really enjoy your time away from the office.

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) over 7 years ago

Hi Jerry ~ Joni wrote a fantastic article and a very helpful one for sure. Best wishes for 2012 to you as well.

Lorena ~ I can't stop thinking about going on vacation either!!

Ron ~ So true! There is always someone to call if there is something that can't wait!!

Thanks again Joni for allowing me to share your article!

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) over 7 years ago

I should try to take a little vacation time and enjoy the time to myself. Nice blog!

Posted by Jamey "Milly" Milheiser (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.) over 7 years ago

Jamey ~ go for it, I am sure you have earned a little time off, right??

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) over 7 years ago

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