Chad Hyams (Ember Seminars and Keller Williams Southeast Region)

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Scott Parman
Parkville, MO

I write a minimum of 5 things I'm thankful/grateful for in a gratitude journal.  Even when you have some "heavy" things going on in life, it will help you get in a better frame of mind.


Nov 19, 2014 03:31 AM
Lorenzy Gordon
Caribbean Mortgage - Los Angeles, CA
Lorenzy Gordon

I start my day with this. "This is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it."

Nov 19, 2014 04:21 AM
Doyle Davison
Hawaiian Beaches Hawaii - 714-968-6767 - Huntington Beach, CA
30 years as your Concierge services listing broker

Lots of Coffee and morning dog walk

Nov 19, 2014 03:43 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Prayer, Breakfast, Planning, an unprepared day just seems to lead to chaos.

Nov 19, 2014 03:36 AM
Blatt + Cutino
Coldwell Banker Realty - Monterey, CA
Broker-Associate 831/206-8070*Call today*

I am usually up by in hand. This is my quiet time where I answer emails, clear out my inbox, look at any Facebook postings(that often waste time later in the day), log on to Active Rain--this is like reading the newspaper for me..then once the kids are up/dressed/feed/and out the door...I can begin my day with a clear head and inbox...

Nov 19, 2014 03:31 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I do a mental recap of the highlights of the day kind of laying out the day in my head. For instance I would know I have a listing appointment in the afternoon and a lunch date with a business associate. That would clue me in to be able to fill in around these most important tasks as the day generates activity.

Nov 19, 2014 02:52 AM
Braden Smith
Realty Group NOLA - New Orleans, LA
GNO Real Estate Expert

A morning routine and/or ritual makes all the diffrence. For me personally, I struggled with this for a long time and even fought against it as I was never the type to enjoy rigorous schedules and such. However, after much trial and error as well as struggle I have created a morning routine for myself that works for me. I think the key is having a consistent routine that creates some structure and discipline to start your day, and exercise of some sort should be included in that routine to get the endorphins flowing. From there you start each day with a sense of accomplishment that will naturally carry over into the rest of your day. 

Nov 19, 2014 03:59 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I come to Active Rain to get my day going and get in a good mood.

Nov 19, 2014 03:50 AM
Ron Aguilar
Gateway Mortgage Group - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

Before I make my 1st call I have music playing quietly in the background and stay standing with a mirror in my office and with CNBC on the television

Nov 19, 2014 03:32 AM
Hans Bruhner
First Priority Financial - Sebastopol, CA
Sonoma County Home Loans

I see a running theme here. One woman said that on her successful days she has a plan and it seems to me that the theme here is that a plan will help make you successful. i try and read something positive, then work out and clear my head and then face the day. Sometimes checking and cleaning out email before I leave is helpful and sometimes it is a distraction so i struggle with that.

Nov 19, 2014 04:14 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I start with meditation, then exercise, then prioritize my day's activities.

Nov 19, 2014 06:36 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

As mystical as this might sound, it holds. Find your center. Your being. It is from there that you observe all things while they present themselves clearly and orderly for you to do with them or not do you choose.

Nov 19, 2014 03:58 AM
Jill Winchel
Royal Shell Real Estate - The Koffman Group - Cape Coral, FL
We make it easy. You make it home.

I have a written To Do List so that I can see what I need to do and check off the items as they're done. Very rewarding at the end of the day.

Nov 19, 2014 03:54 AM
Tracey Williams
Providing the highest level of service you expect

Prayer, meditation, affirmations and of course my "to-do" list!

Nov 19, 2014 03:45 AM
John Grissom
Berkshire Hathawy HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL

Hit the Gym , coffee, 15 min of planning and go!

Nov 19, 2014 05:39 AM
Jack McSweeney
RE/MAX Estate Properties - Palos Verdes Estates, CA

My day starts with me adding somethi8ng new to my webpage that is of value. Google loves it and it keeps people coming back. When I think my website is working, I an happy!

Nov 19, 2014 04:45 AM
Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
Guaranteed Offer for your Home - eXp realty - Atlanta, GA

On my most successful days, I make a list and stick to it, crossing off each accomplishment as I go. On days that I don't make a list, I find that I'm not quite so successful. (I also make a point to do all the hard things or things that I don't feel like doing first, so I can get them out of the way and get on with the fun stuff.)

Nov 19, 2014 03:41 AM
Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS
Bailey Properties, Inc. - Santa Cruz, CA
Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area

I write my gratitudes and affirmations and spend about 30 minutes in quiet prayer and meditation and journaling.  Then i take about 15 minutes and prioritize and plan my day...

Nov 19, 2014 06:34 AM
Kathi Jozaitis
Golden Hills Real Estate Services - San Ramon, CA
Your San Ramon Valley Realtor. I'm here to help!

After reading these comments, I've learned what I'm doing wrong.  I need to come up with a consistent habit every morning.  I get distracted too easily and end up not getting anything done :(

Nov 19, 2014 06:11 AM
Marie Story
Coldwell Banker - Pinecrest (Miami) - Pinecrest, FL
Broker Associate, Pinecrest (Miami) Specialist

I start my day with a one hour walk.  During that time I give thanks, work on issues I need to resolve and plan my day.

Nov 19, 2014 05:58 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

I get comfortable, drink some water, and settle in with a cup of coffee & create my days "to do" list.  Things come up, but focusing first thing in the morning on the days events leads to getting a lot done.  I also try to read a few industry-related articles to get my mind in the right place.

Nov 19, 2014 05:48 AM
Art Welch
Superstars Realty - Buckeye, AZ

You must have your daily goals, prioritized to do list.  I go to the gym in the a.m. and work on my to do list while I am on the tread machine

Nov 19, 2014 05:10 AM
Thoth Calvert

I listen to Robin Meade say, "Good Morning Sunshine" ... just looking at her and listening to her mkaes my day every single time!  And I'm gay. 

Nov 19, 2014 03:47 AM
Debra B Albert, PA - Keyes Realty
Keyes Realty Treasure Coast, 34986 - Port St Lucie, FL
Ron and Debbie 772.708.3292

Motivation video - Morning with Mo (Anderson) and meditation, then a walk or exercise. Deb

Nov 19, 2014 03:46 AM
Stephanie Joines
BHHS Florida Properties Group - Clearwater, FL
Professional Commitment, Personal Solutions

I find that a 20-30 minute warm-up walk with my dog, followed by a fast-paced 1-2 miles by myself gets me in the proper frame of mind to start my day.  I'm an early riser, so often this is occurring at sunrise, which is beautiful in my neck of the woods.

Nov 19, 2014 03:45 AM
Jay & Michelle Lieberman
Keller Williams World Class - Agoura Hills, CA
Creating Calm in the Buying and Selling Chaos

Drink my green shake, do 50 sit ups, stretch and get in the phone

Nov 19, 2014 12:40 PM
Michelle Buckman
Long & Foster - Washington, DC
Showing the Best Views in Metro DC

I start my day with coffee, feed the dogs and scan the newspaper.  Then I check the MLS to see what new properties have come on the market.

Nov 19, 2014 04:33 AM
Fred Giovanetti
The Giovanetti Group at Prudential - Pacific Beach, CA


Nov 19, 2014 03:55 AM
Scott Fogleman
Richmond, VA

I get up early, quiet time with some basic affirmations. Exercise / walking the dog. Shower, kids.. in my office seat with a smile on my face by 745 for morning update with me assistant executive.  

Nov 19, 2014 03:49 AM
Mike Sagorin
Sagorin & Associates - Irvine, CA

Starbucks Espresso Macchiato of course :)

Nov 19, 2014 03:36 AM
Mike Blaney
The Marketing Guy - North Vancouver, BC

Habit 1: Start tomorrow today

At the end of each day review your phone calls, emails and personal contacts and make a list of tomorrow’s marketing activities. Get a piece of paper and add four headings or more:

  1. Phone calls to make.
  2. Emails to respond to.
  3. Emails to write.
  4. People to visit.
  • Is tomorrow the birthday of a client or the anniversary of when they moved into their home?
  • Is it time for a three-, six-, or nine-month check-n with a buyer?
  • Is there a new listing that a client might be interested in?
  • Did something happen in the market today you should update your buyers and sellers on?


Nov 20, 2014 12:52 AM
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Coffee, writing in my journal, and then looking at my Control Book (which I've talked about before, it's a combination of To Do list and Transaction Management system) and calendar to ensure I focus on high priority tasks and activities.

Nov 20, 2014 12:04 AM
Dustin A. Peters
Goldcoast Sotheby's International Realty - Ocean City, NJ
Your "Northend & Gardens" Contact in Ocean City!!!

You certainly need the right "frame of reference."  I'm an early riser - about 6:00 am every day.  I enjoy reading, maybe watching the weather report and some news, entering information in my journal, and jotting down how I would like the day to run.  Now it never runs like I plan it ... but planning it helps it to run as satisfactory as possible.  A positive mental attitude is your best frame of reference.

Nov 19, 2014 10:46 PM
The Super Savvy Sales Group, LLC
Exit Bennett Realty - Greenbelt, MD
Bringing Seller And Buyers TOGETHER

The short answer to your question is you have to take time for yourself in the morning.  As real estate professionals we are constantly in service of others. The early hours of the morning are the best time to take time for yourself and cater to you.  You can do that in many ways... Prayer, meditation, exercise etc.  I personally like to watch positive inspirational videos and audios that train my subconscious mind and put me on a positive note that tends to resonate throughout my entire day.  Try it... BE BLESSED.  

Nov 19, 2014 08:57 PM
Donald Kolenda
Kw Rockwall - Rockwall, TX
Share the road to your new home.

Before the first call; 1)Follow my schedual , Read Bible, Walk 2 miles , Watch Power -up, Eat, Ready...start calling.

Nov 19, 2014 02:45 PM
Helen Bartlett
Refined Interior Staging Solutions - Fairway, KS
Kansas City Home Stager, Home Stylist, Redesigner

Pray and meditate.

Nov 19, 2014 09:11 AM
Ricky Strain
Silver Hill Solutions LLC - Gainesville, FL

Write down 10 things the night before that you intend to do on this day and start doing them.

Nov 19, 2014 07:14 AM
Joseph 'Butch' Wahlsmith
Redfin - Columbus, OH
Holistic Realtor


Nov 19, 2014 06:07 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

I get dressed so I am ready to meet a client on short notice.

Nov 19, 2014 05:05 AM
Karen Thompson
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Medina, OH

I have to pull out my Franklin Planner and coordinate it with my iPhone Calendar to review what might not have been finished yesterday and what is scheduled for today AND tomorrow.  Then my TO DO list gets written in the planner for the day.  Then all is good ! 

Nov 19, 2014 04:09 AM
Warner King
Warner King Real Estate, LLC - Portsmouth, NH
Seacoast Area REALTOR

A successful day actually starts the night before for me.  I get to bed early, sleep well and then get up early, 5am.  I always throw on some clothing and head to the beach for the sunrise and my cup of coffee, using the time to reflect and plan my day.  I am back at it by 8-8:30am.

Nov 20, 2014 11:31 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I start every day in prayer ... giving my day to the Lord and asking for direction. It's easy to get distracted and pulled in many directions in our business ... so I need to start and end everyday giving thanks!

Nov 20, 2014 02:52 AM
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

My morning actually starts about 20 minutes before I go to bed.  I check my calendar for the next day so I can mentally prepare for the property time needed to meet those appointments.  Then when I wake up I spend about 10 minutes just being happy to see the morning, followed by a little morning conversation with my husband and then checking email to see if anything needs to be done prior to my first appointment. 

Oh, I also pet the cat, feed her  and drink a lot of coffee!

Nov 20, 2014 02:35 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

You write the blog inside the shower so it flows out in the hunt and peck when you sit down at the keyboard. You get emails done before the phones start ringing, check answering machine, get back to those calls pronto. Before office visit walk ins show up. You are flexible so what you had planned can all be subject to change or gets rearranged in your day. You work hard, are not lazy and are a problem solver, not people judger. Attack those issues, not personalities and navigate from the listing to closing (repeat).  You remind yourself daily your profit is in your expenses and real estate is a business first. The principles apply that will make your successful or looking for another career.

Nov 20, 2014 12:04 AM
Herb Baldwin
Howard Hanna RealCom - Mount Gilead, OH
Morrow County's Home Seller!

I review my "to-do" list from the day before to make sure I follow-up on commitments made and reach out returning calls.  I also my listing prospect list to see who I should reach out to that day.

Nov 19, 2014 10:49 AM
David Saks
Memphis, TN
Broker / Industry Analyst

I get out of bed.

Nov 19, 2014 07:06 AM
Chris Mamone
Keller Mortgage - Tacoma, WA
Senior Loan Officer

I use a 1 page day organizer that I write in every morning.  For a copy email me at  It outlines the three things I need to accomplish that day no matter what.  Its great because its a smaller task list and  you check off as you go so you feel accomplished at the end of the day.

Nov 19, 2014 04:32 AM
Bill Dandridge
MKB, Realtors - Roanoke, VA
GREEN, ABR, GRI, EcoBroker

Make breakfast for my children.

Nov 23, 2014 10:35 PM
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

with a positive outlook and a smile on my face 


Nov 21, 2014 02:16 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Prayer, Bible reading, coffee... then a light breakfast.   After that, I am ready to work!

Nov 21, 2014 11:01 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I always start my day with active rain. It is too early to make phone calls at that time. I look at active rain as my marketing strategy. 

Nov 20, 2014 08:30 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I get up and have some quiet time before I get ready for the day. I also have some attributions I say to myself. 

Nov 20, 2014 10:17 AM
Karen McKnight
Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue, WA

I have a two hour morning ritual which includes waking to a Dr. Wayne Dyer meditation CD, exercise, breakfast, then dressing for the day's appointments.

Nov 20, 2014 09:33 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

For it to go accordingly, I never open the internet or check my Facebook page. I always give my first waking moments to reading the word of God. Once my spirit is satisfied then everything else just falls in place.

Nov 20, 2014 08:58 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Great question. I set 3-4 priorites for the day. That way, no matter what the day brings, I feel like I accomplished something if I focus on those items.

Nov 20, 2014 06:43 AM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Chad ...I start out at 6:15 with a 30 minute walk with my Property Trackers (Waffles and Peaches) then I workout for 30 minutes. After this I'm ready to go all day ...It works great for me.

Great question!

Nov 20, 2014 06:37 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

After reading the comments on this question, I think I should find some better ways to start my days. For me, taking a long walk is a great way to start the day.

Nov 25, 2014 12:16 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Chad, I fix a really, really nice cup of coffee.  Then I check my email and new listings. 

Nov 23, 2014 11:16 AM
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

My day starts the night before.  I have my schedule planned out, so that when I get up, I can get straight to work!

Nov 23, 2014 07:57 AM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

I start my day out at full throttle.  When I wake up, I am in gear and ready to make something happen.

Nov 22, 2014 10:12 AM
Chad Hyams
Ember Seminars and Keller Williams Southeast Region - Johns Creek, GA

Thank you everyone that has taken the time to share your answers so far.

A pattern is forming, build a morning ritual that involves the most important things to you, whether that is exercise, writing a to-do list, or drinking coffee! Make the morning the same and easy to be successful and the day will follow suit!

Nov 19, 2014 08:44 PM
Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
On a team with Praful Thakkar

Prayers to God!

Apr 09, 2018 11:38 PM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate Unlimited - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

Plan the day - and think it will be good! 

Sep 04, 2017 09:21 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

A good cup of coffee.

Jun 18, 2017 06:21 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Thank God for one more day, another 86,400 seconds adding to my life!

Mar 13, 2017 11:15 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Coffee and Active Rain!

Nov 20, 2016 08:04 PM
Barbara Calwhite
Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri - Joplin, MO
417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation

One thing I quit doing years ago is having the morning news turned on.  What a downer that can be!  Get up in a good mood then listen to the morning news.  Even my husband agrees the TV does NOT come on in the morning.

Other than that having my day planned always makes for a more productive day.

Nov 25, 2014 10:22 PM