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Sep 25, 2006 5:16 am

I had posted a reply on another thread regarding other brokers' in your office and how they can drain you of the precious commodity known as time.  I refuse to let co-workers waste my time, and obviously I respect theirs'. At the end of the day (month) I am only paid on the results I personally produce.


Keep this in mind when it comes to managing your time effectively: Wasting one hour each day equates to approximately 24 working days per year ( at 20 hours/month or 240 hours/year divided by a 10 hour workday). When it's put in that perspective, you realize just how valuable and necessary it is to be productive at all times.  Granted, we're not robots and often you'll find me shooting the breeze with co-workers at 5:30 pm on a Friday.  Still, it's imperative to be conscious of how you are spending your workday on a consistent basis.  We would all be shocked if we actually knew just how much time we devoted to non-essential tasks. Food for thought.

Sep 25, 2006 11:07 am

We call talking to other brokers/office staff running for mayor. The rule is, if you have to take a break to hit the rest room or something, don't run for mayor in the process.

Sep 25, 2006 4:05 pm

One of the mutual funds distributed a mini disk a few years ago, and it was a program to analyze how we spend our time.  It printed out a sheet for the broker to enter his or her activities by fifteen minute incriments, and asked that you would keep track and enter your results at the end of each day.  At some point, you could graph how you actually spent your time.  Interestingly, even those of us who thought we were time blocking well and spending our time wisely were quite surprised to see the actual results.  Everyone was off in their estimated percentages by huge amounts, often by an order of magnitude.


I still have the disk, and review it periodically to shock myself back to reality.

Sep 25, 2006 4:46 pm
BondGuy:

We call talking to other brokers/office staff running for mayor. The rule is, if you have to take a break to hit the rest room or something, don't run for mayor in the process.



Sometimes I wonder if my time on this board is good networking, or if I'm just running for Mayor.

Sep 25, 2006 8:16 pm
JCadieux:
BondGuy:

We call talking to other brokers/office staff running for mayor. The rule is, if you have to take a break to hit the rest room or something, don't run for mayor in the process.



Sometimes I wonder if my time on this board is good networking, or if I'm just running for Mayor.



Well, for starters, do you usually post on this board during your potty breaks?

Sep 26, 2006 6:21 pm
joedabrkr:
JCadieux:
BondGuy:

We call talking to other brokers/office staff running for mayor. The rule is, if you have to take a break to hit the rest room or something, don't run for mayor in the process.



Sometimes I wonder if my time on this board is good networking, or if I'm just running for Mayor.



Well, for starters, do you usually post on this board during your potty breaks?




LOL!   Nope.  I can only deal with one %#!+ at a time.