How to Form a Good Habit …

Good Morning! As you get ready for your open house or a Sunday full of showings, we wanted to share with you a great article about habits.  You can be, do, and have anything in the world you want if only you form the habits needed to get what you want.  The problem is that sometimes it is really difficult to form those habits.  You know exactly what we are talking about if you have ever started out the New Year with a gym membership only to have that membership card collect dust after a few short weeks.  Check out the article below.  It suggests that to create good habits, like going to the gym, prospecting for clients, or doing open houses, you can’t wait for the positive results that will come to you weeks down the road, you have to create a positive result right now.  Therefore, you must immediately reward yourself whenever you take the necessary steps to create the life you want.  Are you doing an Open House today rather than taking the afternoon off?  Indulge in a piece of chocolate and enjoy!  We hope you enjoy the article.  Keep up the great work!!!  We enjoy watching your success!

How to Form a Good Habit

Jason Gots on August 18, 2012, 12:00 AM
 

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I don’t know about you, but when I hear the phrase “good habits,” I involuntarily wince. Most of us first learn about the importance of good habits (their magical power to keep us out of jail, the poorhouse, etc) from our parents. What’s often left out is the instructional piece. We learn that good habits are good, but not necessarily how to develop them.

In The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, acclaimed journalist Charles Duhigg investigates the neuroscience of habit and explains how habit loops are formed in the brain. Because these loops – comprised of cue (“hmm, it’s 3 pm…cookie time!”), routine (Go to cabinet. Eat cookie.), and reward (Yummy cookie dopamine rush, fun break room chat with colleagues dopamine rush . . .) – become neurologically hardwired over time, they’re easier to rewire, slotting in other elements, than to drop entirely.
But let’s say I’ve managed to kick my 3pm cookie habit, and I’m ready to take things to the next level by initiating a rigorous daily exercise regimen. Want to know how not to go about it? By making a resolution, then gritting your teeth each day through a 45 minute workout, then grimly enduring a salad. Yet this is how many people approach forming a new, good habit, and why most of them fail.

For the habit to stick, the reward part of cue – routine – reward, says Duhigg, can’t come six weeks later when you step on a scale. It has to be immediate. Instead of a salad, Duhigg suggests rewarding yourself with a small piece of chocolate after a workout (if you like chocolate. If not, then a beer perhaps.) This should be sufficient to make exercise something your brain looks forward to, rather than something it dreads and will invent any possible excuse to avoid.

It’s a little embarrassing to realize that our sophisticated brain is so easily fooled. The exercise doesn’t cause the chocolate bar to appear, but the association is formed nonetheless. Give it a try. The next time you hear the word gym you might just start salivating.

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12 Tasks That Killer Employees Always Finish Before Noon

12 Tasks That Killer Employees Always Finish Before Noon

Jada A. Graves, U.S. News & World Report | Aug. 9, 2012, 11:09 AM

A recent study published in an American Psychological Association journal, Emotion, suggests that early birds are generally happier than night owls.

More than 700 respondents, ranging from ages 17 to 79, were surveyed and asked about their emotional state, health, and preferred time of day.

Self-professed “morning people” reported feeling happier and healthier than night owls. Researchers hypothesize that one of the reasons could be because society caters to a morning person’s schedule.

It’s certainly true that the working world does. Working “9-to-5” is more than an expression, but a standard shift for many Americans. It also stands to reason that those who like rising with the sun are also the most productive employees in the office.

Do you want to be more like them? Then take note of the tasks these high-functioning, productive, and more awake employees have completed before lunch:

1. They make a work to-do list the day before. Many swear by having a written to-do list, but not everyone agrees on when you need to compose it. According to Andrew Jensen, a business efficiency consultant with Sozo Firm in Shrewsbury, Pa., the opportune time to plan a day’s tasks is the night before. “Some people like to do the to-do schedule in the morning, but then they might have already lost office time writing it out,” he says. “It helps to do that to-do schedule the night before. It also will help you sleep better.

2. They get a full night’s rest. Speaking of sleeping better … lack of sleep affects your concentration level, and therefore, your productivity. Whatever your gold standard is for a “good night’s rest,” strive to meet it every work night. Most health experts advise getting a minimum eight hours of shut-eye each night.

3. They avoid hitting snooze. Petitioning for nine more minutes, then nine more, then another nine is a slippery slope that leads to falling back asleep and falling behind on your morning prep. Ultimately it also leads to lateness. “Anyone can be made into a morning person,” Jensen says. “Anyone can make morning their most productive time. It could be that for the entire week, you set your alarm clock a little bit earlier, and you get out of bed on the first alarm. It may be a pain at first, but eventually you’ll get to the point where you’re getting your seven to eight hours of sleep at night, you’re waking up with all your energy, and accomplishing the things around the house you need to before going to the office.”

4. They exercise. Schedule your Pilates class for the a.m. instead of after work. “Exercise improves mood and energy levels,” Jensen says. Not only that, but “there have been studies done on employees who’ve exercised before work or during the work day. Those employees have been found to have better time-management skills, and an improved mental sharpness. … Those same studies found these workers are more patient with their peers.”

5. They practice a morning ritual.Jensen also recommends instituting a morning routine aside from your exercise routine. Whether you opt to meditate, read the newspaper, or surf the Web, Jensen says “it’s important to have that quiet time with just you.”

6. They eat breakfast. Food provides the fuel you’ll need to concentrate, and breakfast is particularly important since it recharges you after you’ve fasted all night. Try munching on something light and healthy in the morning, and avoid processed carbs that could zap your energy.

7. They arrive at the office on time. This one is obvious, right? Getting a full night’s rest and keeping your sticky fingers off the snooze button should make No. 7 a cakewalk. If you’re not a new employee, then you’ve already figured out the length of your average commute. Allot a safe amount of time to make it to work on schedule.

8. They check in with their boss and/or employees. We all know the cliche about the whole only being as good as the sum of its parts. In other words, if your closest work associates aren’t productive, then neither are you. Good workers set priorities that align with their company’s goals, and they’re transparent about their progress.

9. They tackle the big projects first. You can dive right into work upon arriving in the office, since you made your to-do list the night before. And Jensen suggests starting with the hardest tasks. “Don’t jump into meaningless projects when you’re at your mental peak for the day,” he says.

10. They avoid morning meetings.If you have any say on meeting times, schedule them in the afternoon. “You should use your prime skills during the prime time of the day. I believe that mornings are the most productive time,” Jensen says, also noting that an employer who schedules morning meetings could rob his or her employees of their peak performance, and ultimately cost the company.

The exception to this, he adds, is if your meeting is the most important task of the day. “Sometimes you have to schedule a crucial meeting, or a client meeting, in which case you’d want to plan for a time when employees are at their peak.”

11. They allot time for following up on messages. Discern between mindless email/voicemail checking and conducting important business. Jensen’s company, Sozo Firm, advises clients that checking their inbox every couple of minutes takes time away from important tasks. Instead, set a schedule to check and respond to email in increments. Consider doing so at the top of each hour, to ensure that clients and colleagues receive prompt responses from you.

12. They take a mid-morning break. Get up and stretch your legs. Or stay seated and indulge in a little Internet surfing. According to Jensen, it’s actually good to zone out on Facebook and Twitter or send a personal text message or two. “You should take 10-minute breaks occasionally,” he says. “Companies that ban any kind of Facebook [use], texting, or personal calls can find it will be detrimental. Those practices increase employee satisfaction.”

Just be sure not to abuse the privilege. “The best employees will respect their employer’s time, and the worst-performing employees will find a way to waste time even if the company forbids personal Internet use,” Jensen explains.

This story was originally published by U.S. News & World Report.
Read more: http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2012/08/08/12-things-killer-employees-do-before-noon#ixzz23ccvyBPk

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Melbourne Office Phase 2 has begun!

We are very excited about our phase two of our corporate office in Melbourne, FL!  This addition will bring us up to a total of 7500 sq ft for our office!  This new addition will add several more private and semi private offices, two more conference rooms as well as two more restrooms!  The Property Management team is growing and will be moving their team into this new space and will have their own entrance and reception area!

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There is More To Life…

Good Morning and Happy Saturday! Have you ever noticed that there are a ton of workaholics in our business? Ok, at times, we are too, just as you are. Real estate is not just a business, it is a lifestyle. It is noticing a beautiful new paint job on a house in town. It is taking hours at the grocery store because you always run into past clients to chat with. It is taking every phone call that comes through because you just never know who might be calling. With all the classes that are offered on how to be a great salesperson, sometimes we think there is a need for classes on how to relax a little! Anyway, being Saturday, we wanted to share this blog article that we found. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. More importantly, we hope you sit back and find some time to enjoy your weekend. As always, keep up the amazing work. We enjoy watching your success!
JB, H3 & Susan

How to Enjoy Your Weekend Like a Minimalist

Written by on May 26, 2011 – 27 Comments
Categories: lifestyle

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Marci Payne

Remember what it was like to be a carefree child on a summer day? Catching lighting bugs. Riding bikes. Exploring creeks. Popping tar bubbles with your toes. Selling lemonade. Days filled with adventure and curiosity.

When is the last time you felt this free? Our schedules are crammed with commitments, chores, errands, appointments, and activities. We dream of vacations and travel.

Why do we wait for vacations to take a break? Isn’t a weekend a tiny vacation? To vacate from our regular routines. To let our minds relax. To slow down.

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Gandhi

Is it hard for you do slow down and relax? Are you ready to take a break but not sure what to do with yourself? Embrace being instead of doing for a minimalist child-like weekend.

I love weekends. Letting go of work. With less on my plate, I can be more in the moment. But I have to make conscious choices to pull a minimalist weekend off:

Relax Like a Minimalist:

  • Unplug – Turn off technology or unplug from your computer for at least 24 hours. Be available for more personal connection, even if you are quietly presence. With less distractions, you will invite relaxation.
  • Make space – Get most of your cleaning, jobs, and errands done during the week. Resist over-scheduling your weekend by leaving pockets of time to unwind. The less you schedule, the more you can go with the flow.
  • Slow down – And, the less you schedule in your weekend, the slower your pace. Everyone needs at least one slow morning a week where there is no time commitment to get ready for. Enjoy this restful pace.
  • Just be – And, foster the art of doing almost nothing. Gaze at the birds. Listen to the wind. Read a good book. Doodle. Journal. Focus on being more than doing. And, in this moment, just be.

Burnout comes from trying to give what I do not possess.” ~ Parker Palmer

Re-Create Like a Child:

  • Work before play – Most of us work hard during the week, both in our job and at home. If our kids get to play after their “work” is done, then so do we. Pick play that refreshes and renews you.
  • Create – Let your imagination be your guide. Create art, crafts, words, photos, movies, or stories with no deadlines. It’s your creation, not your production or project.
  • Explore – Journey to familiar or new territory. Learn and explore. Take in details, textures, sights, and sounds. Make it an adventure.
  • Move and rest – Balance your movement with rest. Engage in the moment then drift with eyes heavy. Take a nap. Sleep in or go to bed early.

Invite relaxing recreation in your weekends. Take at least one day off each week. Be in the moment, go with the flow, and embrace what you love.
What helps you unwind and slow down? Share your favorite thing to do on the weekends.

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RE/MAX Elite ranks as Top Company in County!

We have the best clients, agents and support staff in the world, which is why our results have been off the charts! Focusing on a recipe of quality seasoned full time agents is the reason our slice of the pie keeps growing larger and larger. We also couldn’t achieve this level of success without the partnerships of our fellow cooperating Realtors in town. Thank you all that have done transactions with our Elite agents, and congratulations to those that have earned a spot on the Top 10 list of companies for Brevard County, Florida

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The McCoy Freeman Group Does it again!

Way to go McCoy Freeman Group for ranking 2nd with the RE/MAX Florida Region for the team – Commercial division for the month of May, 2012!

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Homeless man dupes would-be renters-Florida Realtor Article

Published by FloridaRealtors.org  7-6-2012

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – July 6, 2012 – A homeless man posted a foreclosed home ad on Craigslist, but he didn’t own the home. He then pocketed the deposit cash from potential renters so that he could afford a place to live for himself, according to police reports.

Eric Sisson, 27, posted the rental ad for a home in Ormond Beach, Fla., on Craigslist, saying that he just recently purchased it and wanted to rent it out. Two people responded to his ad, agreeing to rent the home and giving Sisson a total of $1,375 for the “fake” rental agreements, police say.

One victim soon asked for her deposit back, and Sisson sent her a check. But when she went to deposit it, the bank said the check was from a closed bank account.

Both women, realizing they had been duped, eventually contacted police.

Police arrested Sisson when he showed up at the house to collect the rest of the deposit from one victim. He faces charges in connection with obtaining property by fraud, issuing a worthless check, unarmed burglary, and grand theft.

In recent months, real estate professionals have been warning others about similar rental scams, in which scammers are using sites like Craigslist to post homes for rent that they don’t really own.

Source: “Homeless Man Rents Out Vacant House,” MyFoxOrlando.com (July 2, 2012)

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