Ken's Naperville Real Estate Blog : To Reconnect, I Must Learn to Disconnect

To Reconnect, I Must Learn to Disconnect

Technology is a great thing.

With it, we have the ability to stay in touch with the outside world wherever we may be.

On vacation, at home, the local coffee shop, McDonald's, or even in the car.  All can be used as virtual offices.

As long as I have my phone or am near a wifi hot spot, I am connected.

But this technology, this connectivity, I have found to be a double edged sword.

For the last couple of years, I have stayed connected.  Every phone call, text, update, like, and share, I would respond to as fast as possible. Often immediately...

And while this may sound like great customer service, I have found it has left me anxious, stressed out, tired, and sometimes grumpy...

And I can assure you, tired and grumpy is no way to sell real estate.

My relationships have suffered.  My business has suffered.  I have suffered...

I have not been as outgoing and friendly as I naturally am.  I have not been as social...

And while my business has grown year over year, it is no where near where it should be, or where it will be next year...

And as far as me?  Well, it is hard getting a good night sleep when the urge to "check in" is always on my mind...

So one of my goals for 2014 is to learn to let go.  It is OK be disconnected.  Life isn't a series of emergencies that need addressed immediately.

I am a REALTOR®.  Not a brain surgeon on call.  In most cases, that email can wait...

I will enjoy time with family.  With friends.  Without the need to check my emails and Facebook as often...

I will enjoy time by myself.  At peace.

I will enjoy the silence...

Ken

 

 

Comment balloon 5 commentsKen Tracy • December 09 2013 12:49PM

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Ken:  I hear ya!  I read just last week that if a real estate professional (Lender included) do not reply within a 5 to 10 minute period to a text, email, message ... that there's a big chance we will lose the client.  Wow ...

With THAT knowledge dangling over our heads, it's understandable why so many in our profession can be tired and a bit edgey.  That is stressful ... 

Sounds like you have it under control .. and that is admirable and good, especially during the Holidays. 

Gene

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) almost 4 years ago

Ken, I love this post!  It is so true, we are so connected that we are getting so bad at communicating face to face.  Everyone needs to have some down time rather than being "on" all the time.

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Keller Williams Legacy) almost 4 years ago
Hi Gene and Tony. Thanks! Don't think I have it under control yet, but I have a plan... And that is a good place to start! Thanks again! Ken
Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 4 years ago

Ken, this is a great subject, and have thought about a blog post on this very subject.    The amount of locations we get messages is out of control.    I start a new relationship with buyers and sellers with my hours, and my phone is off by 8:30 every night, and earlier on Sunday.   They all understand.   

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 4 years ago

Ken, You wrote this over a month ago. Have you met your goals and have you been disconnected?

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 4 years ago

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