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Taking Drastic Measures

Drastic times call for drastic measures.


The key word here is drastic. We have all learned in the last year how important it is to protect our health and we all have been taking measures we would have thought were drastic in January of this year. The measures that many of us are taking are to protect our physical health. The measure I am taking these days is to protect my mental health.


Get NervousThe current pandemic is effecting everyone mentally one way or another and for one reason or another. Believe it or not the problem it is causing me is TOO MUCH BUSINESS!

I retired from Real Estate two years ago in an effort to slow down and enjoy life.

My choice of semi-retirement occupations is to be a Notary Public/Signing Agent.

I have been a licensed Notary Public for about 20 years and I enjoyed doing occasional closings while being a licensed Real Estate Broker/Owner so it was a natural choice.

My goal in semi-retirement was/is to conduct 2 or 3 closings a week. At that pace I would easily pay my office rent and give me a good allowance for “fun” money.

Padded CellWho would have thought we would see interest rates drop down to 2.25% today?

Those low rates PLUS the pandemic causing more people to shop for home loans on line adds up to the internet lenders looking for Notary Publics to close loans.

My plan to semi-retire has been blown out of the water! I get phone calls from title companies from all over the USA nearly 24 hours a day seven days a week.

How annoying to see a call while I’m sitting in church asking if I’m available for a signing that day or ASAP!

If I accepted all calls I would easily be doing 28 closings a week as opposed to my plan of 2 or 3!

Time for a DRASTIC measure.

raceMany of you reading this may think I’m insane for turning down business, but again, I am semi-retired because I’m tired of working 24/7. I have withdrawn from the race! My drastic measure is that once I’m satisfied with my schedule I turn my ringer off. This week it was on Tuesday. By Tuesday of this week I already had 10 closings scheduled… that’s enough!

Just as we need to protect our physical health we also need to protect our mental health. My drastic measure tip to you is: Know when to turn your phone off and protect your personal time. We all need time to ourselves and as they say, if you don’t respect your time no one else will either. Not protecting yourself is going to bring all sorts of troubles to yourself and to your families. If you think you “may” be a little grumpy lately just imagine what your family thinks.

This is my 3rd and final entry into the October challenge presented by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRS, Broker, Instructor and Carol Williams .



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Comment balloon 30 commentsBob "RealMan" Timm • October 29 2020 06:18PM
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