Jack Lewitz (IL Real Estate Specialists)

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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy!

Jul 09, 2015 11:08 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Yes, I call them "sanity breaks", they are mostly planned, occasionally impromptu if the "hole" in my schedule presents itself.

I do have a rule that I've completed or scheduled time later that day for my "CEO & COO power hour" of calls, e-mails & personal notes, but occasionally I do carve out personal time blocks. I did it yesterday, I worked 7am-2pm at the office and on appointments. Broke off for a 5 miles hike 2:30-5:00pm with my bride, then got back to the home office and made calls & responded to e-mails until dinner was ready.

Goof off time is crucial to my marriage and my hobbies-like golf. But for example, since my bride is an in-flight team member for Virgin America, I don't see her for 5-10 days a time. So, when she returns home, it's not always a Sunday (my regular without fail day off since 2005). So, I schedule few hour to 1/2 day blocks of "sanity break"-time for lunch & a walk, or a late afternoon movie, or just sleeping in and having a relaxing breakfast together before I go in to the office late.

Goof off days start with honoring the time you block out to goof off; 2 hours, half day or full day off by not being available to clients' phone calls, text & e-mails.

I help this by simply having my assitant answer calls & e-mails, cover for me or if he's off, by leaving a new daily greeting and it says, " I'm in training from 8-12 (or what ever time block I need) and I'll be returning calls after 12:15pm". I also use my auto-responder feature in my e-mail account to echo this. My time off is no ones business, but it helps if your clients think you're not available because you are in training or with other clients showing property, etc.

If I'm taking the latter half of the day off, I may say "I'll prioritize your call in the morning, if it can't wait please call my assistant, or please e-mail me and I'll reply after hours". Then I may check e-mails that evening when my bride is getting ready for bed or when our "goof off time is over". 

One life, you have to make time to enjoy it. Plus there's nothing sweeter than knowing everyone else is grinding away at work and you're taking in a couple miles on the coastline with the love of your life! (sorry, this looks like a blog-post, not an answer )

Jul 09, 2015 11:07 PM
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

All the time. It's called having a life.

Jul 09, 2015 10:56 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

YOU BET!

Sometimes it is extremely beneficial to re-charge the batteries doing something as far removed from real estate as possible.

My escape is a canoe trip and packed lunch down the Weeki Watchee River.

I lunch on a sand bar watching kids and not so kids jumping from giant Oaks with platforms 60 feet above the surface. That is a FIVE STORY BUILDING! 

Then I imagine the fear these jumpers embraced the very first time they compelled their foot to leave the platform. Talking to strangers seems to pale in comparison.

Jul 09, 2015 11:01 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Just too busy to take a whole day off. i am getting a new listing on the seacoast today so i am swinging by the beach for a couple of hours for some lunch and a walk in the water, 

Jul 10, 2015 12:00 AM
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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Yes when on vacation on a far, far away beach.

Jul 09, 2015 11:39 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jack Lewitz Sure, you need to take a break every once in a while. Have fun at the track.

Jul 09, 2015 11:29 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
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We try, but invariably, a client will call us.

Jul 09, 2015 11:20 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I do not go to the race track but every day provides an oppportunity for personal enjoyment.

Jul 09, 2015 11:18 PM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Not a chance.  I do try to take Sunday afternoons off but usually it doesn't work out.

Jul 09, 2015 11:17 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

I never plan to spend a day goofing off...not sure I know how to goof off.... not sure I want to learn to goof off.... I do like to go to the casinos and the track.... that's not goofing off...that's a strategy session.... hope you win...

Jul 09, 2015 11:08 PM
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Robert Smith
Preview Properties, PC - http://www.RealEstateMich.com - Brighton, MI
SRES, Search for Homes Brighton-Howell-SE Michigan

Yes, although I usually end up taking a couple of calls here and there.

Jul 09, 2015 10:58 PM
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Christina Sanchez Hood
Palo Alto, CA
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Not lately.  Sounds like a plan.

Jul 15, 2015 04:08 PM
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Marla Yost
Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, TX
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Just this past Sunday  

Jul 14, 2015 08:22 AM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Very seldom

Jul 10, 2015 04:13 PM
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Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
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Yes and tomorrow is IT!

Jul 10, 2015 11:35 AM
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Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

Yes I do plan goof off days!  Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

Jul 10, 2015 08:16 AM
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Jennifer Provencio
San Diego County and Central Valley - Oceanside, CA
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Yes, as soon as I get off of AR we are going to Disneyland for the day. Having some fun!

Jul 10, 2015 02:27 AM
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Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

There is always at least some work, it's never a day of 0 work. I do take some day trips and by break is evenings off for the most part.

Jul 10, 2015 02:15 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I enjoy the spontaneity and sometimes they just happen without planning. No bets Jack but wish you luck that you come out ahead, enjoy!

Jul 10, 2015 02:08 AM
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Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
REcampus Fully Accredited Florida ONLINE & Classroom Training in Destin, Pensacola Florida - Panama City Beach, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

Very rarely do I take a day off.  I need to do it more often.

Jul 09, 2015 11:32 PM