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In a rut???

Here are some tried and true techniques to get your motors running if you find yours is currently on empty!


-Try something new.  If you've been e-mailing blasting for the last two months, do something else.  Pick up the phone, run an ad in the paper, log on to a new networking website, make a business call to a new client, join a networking group, do ANYTHING but what you've been doing.  Insanity could easily be defined as doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results!

-Reach out to your previous clients by sending a holiday e-mail or card.  Remember, these people were once at the top of your priority list...don't let them fall to the bottom.  They could be your biggest cheerleaders and source of referrals. 

-Tie up all your loose ends.  If you're waiting on a phone call, e-mail, need to make a phone call or e-mail...do it!  There is no time like the present to complete a task.  It could mean more business and money to you in the long run.

-Talk about your business where you normally don't.  Does your hairdresser know what you do?  How about your next door neighbor?  What about your extended family?  You may be surprised at the number of people who are not aware of your ability to help them in the business world.  During this time of gathering and festivities be sure to update those you meet.  


-Go to a yoga class.  I know this sounds 'new age' but you'll be amazed at the clarity you will find as you force yourself to relax and rejuvinate.  

-Start a journal.  Getting the clutter out of your head just by putting it on paper can create room for new thought and ideas. 

-Clip coupons.  Saving money creates a "feel good" emotion and a sense of accomplish.  Clip coupons in the local Sunday paper and/or online at Coupons.com or other money saving places. 

-Take an Angel off the Angel Tree at the mall (or any other selfless act).  Recognizing that others are less fortunate can help put your own trials and tribulations in perspective.  Helping those in need is ALWAYS a way to make yourself feel better :-)  

Hope this helps!! :-) :-) :-) 

Reel Productions TV

Comment balloon 19 commentsTara Jones- Atlanta • December 06 2008 06:36PM


Hey, great post. Thanks for the information. It's something to keep in mind.

Posted by Brian Belcher, Charlotte Realtor (RE/MAX Executive) over 11 years ago

Hi Tara

We all can get into a rut, look up, step up, and get out of the rut and let the sun shine in.

Good luck and success

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 11 years ago

Nice reading - but my "momma" always said, if you're in a rut, get off your butt....excuse the language. Good advice - Carla

Posted by Carla Harbert, RE/MAX Omega: Lorain-Medina County Area (www.LorainCountyHomeSales.com) over 11 years ago

Tara -  all good ideas.  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) over 11 years ago

Anything that keeps your chin up makes sense to me.

Posted by Marty Remo, HV Home Team (RE/MAX Benchmark- Marty Remo-CDPE, E-Pro) over 11 years ago

Thanks for sharing.  I will keep this in mind.

Posted by Dana Emerson (Keller Williams Realty Livingston Partners) over 11 years ago

All great points -- thanks for posting -- have a nice holiday season.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Hi Tara, great ideas.  I really like the idea of taking Angel off the tree, you have some winning ideas!  Have a great 2009! 

Posted by Denise Shockey, Cocoa Beach, Brevard County Florida Real Estate (RE/MAX Aerospace Realty) over 11 years ago

Tara thanks for sharing and I will pick one of the many ideas and do at least one of them.

Posted by Abiud "Abi" Montes (EWM Realtors) over 11 years ago

Tara - Sometimes you get in a rut and you don't realize it.  Thanks for the encouragement!  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) over 11 years ago


Good advice ma'am and thank you for clearing the fog in my head.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 11 years ago

Charlotte- Glad you enjoyed it :-) 

Lou- Amen!  

Carla- It sounds like your mom and my mom would get along famously! 

Susan and Dana- Anytime!  I did this as much to remind myself as I did for everyone else.  It's crazy how the simple things can sometimes escape you when you're feeling gloomy.

Remo Realty Group- That's right!  Chin up, chest up, move forward!

Bob and Caroline- A wonderful holiday season to you and everyone else as well :-)

Denise- That ALWAYS makes me warm and fuzzy!  I HATE seeing angels left on any tree...each represents a child and if you have the ability to help that child, it's a win-win :-) 

Abiud-  GREAT!  Good luck and please let me know how it turns out!

Debi- How true!  Sometimes it's the simplest things that can make a different but when you're in a rut they're often hard to find. 

Don- Glad I could act as the wind for a brief moment...clearing away cobwebs, dust and fog! ;-)  

Posted by Tara Jones- Atlanta, GA (Reel Productions TV- Real Estate Video ) over 11 years ago

Some good ideas. It is just so easy to get in a rut at any time of the year and during the holidays even more so.

Posted by Eileen Begley, Monterey Real Estate (Coldwell Banker, DelMonte) over 11 years ago

Here is a positive side to being in a rut................You usually come out with a strong idea as to how to get on your feet again. Follow your instincts but be cautious! Look at every avenue and have a clear picture of where it is you want to go and what it is you want to achieve.

Posted by Lance Ziegler (Real Estate Virtual Tours) over 11 years ago

Lance- I couldn't agree more!  Whether you're in a rut or not, it's always good to have a plan of where you're heading.  I think being in a rut just emphasizes why a plan is so crucial to have to move forward! 

Posted by Tara Jones- Atlanta, GA (Reel Productions TV- Real Estate Video ) over 11 years ago

You offer some really sound advice.  What's that saying about the definition of insanity?  If you keep doing the same thing and expect different results?  Changing things up could be just the thing you need to kick start your business, and keeping in touch with past clients is crucial.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com) over 11 years ago

That's right, Troy!  It's amazing the results you can get just by doing one thing differently.  And what better excuse to try than the New Year? :-)

Posted by Tara Jones- Atlanta, GA (Reel Productions TV- Real Estate Video ) over 11 years ago

Tara - great tips!

When I was selling actively and got in a rut ... I had a solution that was almost always magical ........ I got out and previewed listings.  Lots of them....  I also visited new construction neighborhoods. 

I took my camera along and started cataloging a huge database of neighborhood photos for when long distance clients wanted to see more. 

Just being out there gave me a huge sense accomplishment at the end of the day.   I knew the market better and was ready to answer questions about inventory.  Even better, I was out there "bumping into" business.  Whether it be meeting a builder, new home sales consultant, or even actual buyers looking without any representation - I found that my efforts usually made the phone ring a few days later. 

Posted by Steve Schwartz, Charlottenulls Premier Real Estate Videographer and Photographer (AmazingVideoTours.com) over 11 years ago

EXCELLENT adice, Steve!  Thanks for sharing.  Hopefully you have inspired another to do the same  :-)  

Posted by Tara Jones- Atlanta, GA (Reel Productions TV- Real Estate Video ) over 11 years ago

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