Field Guide to Time Management for Real Estate Professionals

Meetings with clients, open houses, listing presentations, marketing... How can a busy REALTOR® squeeze it all in without feeling squeezed? You'll find a few answers in this updated field guide page of articles, books, and web pages on time management for real estate professionals. Most items are available full-text online; others can be obtained directly from Information Services.

Sales Meeting Tool Kit: Tips for Using Scraps of Time

  • Call a potential client.
  • Go over your "To-Do List".
  • Send a card to a previous client.
  • Finish some paperwork.
  • Prepare for a listing appointment.
  • Create a new article for your newsletter.
  • Review a contract before presenting to a client.
  • Update your contact database.
  • Practice stress reduction techniques.

Source: Sales Meeting Tool Kit Better Time Management, (REALTOR® Magazine).

For the Real Estate Professional

Effective Time Management Key to Agents Success, (RISMedia, n.a.).

5 real estate time management myths debunked, (Inman News, June 20, 2011).

time management graining: a waste of time, (SuperVision, Mar. 2011). Q

Forget time management... Are You Managing Your Energy?, (The American Salesman, Feb. 2011). Q

Time is Money, (The American Salesman, Jan. 2011). Q

Establishing Daily Priorities, (Realty Times, Nov. 19, 2010).

There are 168 hours in a week. How many do you use well?, (Canadian Business, July 20-Aug. 16, 2010). Q

How to save 12 hours a day, (SuperVision, Feb. 2010). Q

Your route to the top cope with overload, (Management Today, May 2009). Q

Time-Saving Tips

The Essential Time-Saving Guide for Busy People, (Zenhabits, n.a.).

Time-Saving Tips to Get More From Your 24, (ABC News, May 22, 2011).

7 Time-Saving Tips for the Busy Professional, (Intuit Small Business, Jan. 12, 2011).

Super busy? Try these six time-saving tips, (CNN, Oct. 13, 2008).

Office Organization

Get Organized! Organizing Your Home Office, (

Office Organization, (National Association of Professional Organizers)

Organize Your Office and Improve Your Office Design, (

Quick Tips for Home Office Organization, (

QUIZ:  OFFICE ORGANIZATION, (REALTOR® Magazine Online Exclusives)

The Organized Office, (Life Organizers)

Personal Time Management

One of These Days I'll Stop Procrastinating, (University of Pennsylvania)

Personal Time Management Tips, (

Time-Blocking in Your Personal Life, (

Transitions Between Working and Home, (University of Illinois Extension)

Mommy Must Haves: Time Saving Tips for Working Moms, (ParentsASK, July 12, 2010).

Effectively Manage Your Multi-Tasking Day, (The American Salesman, July 2008). Q

Forget Time Management... Are You Managing Your Energy?, (The American Salesman, Feb. 2008). Q


The Container Store

Get More Done (Pace Productivity)

National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)

Paperclips eNewsletter

eBooks & Other Resources

The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Easy Step by Step Guide to Stress and Time Management (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

Effective Time Management (Adobe eReader)

The First-Time Manager (Kindle)

Manage Your Time and Double Your Productivity (Adobe eReader)

Time Management (Adobe eReader)

Time Management Secrets for Working Women (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

Unstuff Your Life (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Services. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Services at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Familytime, (Chicago, IL: National Association of REALTORS®, 2004). DVD008

Organizing for success, (Paoli, PA: South Western, 2002). HF 5438 J62

Taming the paper tiger at work, (Washington, D.C.: Kiplinger Books, 2002).

The myth of the paperless office, (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002).

Organizing for dummies, (New York, NY: Hungry Minds, Inc., 2001). HF 5547.15 R74

Stress management for dummies, (New York, NY: Harper Audio, 2000). CD018

Conquering chaos at work, (New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2000). HF 5547.15 Sch2

Organizing your work space, (Menlo Park, CA, NY: Crisp, 1999).

The office clutter cure, (Pocatello, ID, NY: Marsh Creek Press, 1994).

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