The journey to a successful life should be enjoyed. True success comes from accomplishing the daily activities that will lead you to your ultimate goals in life. Failing or neglecting to accomplish the daily disciplines will lead you down the path of lost opportunities and lost income.

If the penalty for not accomplishing your daily activities or disciplines were implemented today, you would look at neglecting them differently. The truth is the penalty for neglect is more visible in the future than it is today. The person who eats fried foods does not pay the penalty at 35; he pays at 55. The person who fails to save 10% of his income for retirement is not penalized at 40 but at 60. The prospecting we fail to do today does not hurt our income today but 90 to 120 days from now.

If we were zapped today for neglecting the daily disciplines, rather than in the future, our attitude would change. We need to associate pain today with not doing our daily disciplines. We have to make the neglect more painful than the activity. The truth is we have a tendency to move away from pain and towards pleasure.

There are three disciplines that must be done daily in real estate for success. They are working on growth, administration, and your business. Let’s look at each individual area comprehensively.


Growth is the part of the business that brings in the revenue. The more time you spend each day in growth, the more income you will make. Most Agents focus little time on growth activities. They work on them at the last minute, when they are running short on funds. The problem is that is too late. To have a steady business income, you need a steady approach to growth.

Growth is the prospecting you do daily. It is the listing appointments you have for the day. It is the lead follow-up that you are doing with the people who want to buy or sell. It is meeting with your lender to work on your competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Growth is the critical part of any business. Without growth, a business will fail. I know a lot of Agents who are highly skilled in growth but poorly skilled in administration and working on their business who earn large amounts of money. I know of very few successful Agents who are not highly skilled at growth. My focus is to help our clients achieve a high level of skill in all three areas. Growth is the engine that powers the train; you must first pay attention to growth.

Growth demands a minimum of three hours daily in the following activities: prospecting, appointments, lead follow-up, and meeting with affiliates. Prospecting should comprise 65% of the growth time daily. If prospecting does not happen, the other growth areas will wither. Remember, the higher the hours spent on growth, the higher the income and profit.


These are the activities that complete the income stream:

1. Processing the listing, so Agents can find it in the MLS
2. Processing the sold property through escrow
3. Communicating with your clients on a regular basis
4. Directing your staff and monitoring their progress

These activities, when done well, will enable you to turn clients into fans who will look for new business for you. You will need one to two hours daily for administration. If you create a good system and have a highly trained and skilled staff, your time spent in this area will be reduced. In the perfect system, administration gets done well, but the Agent spends little of his personal time on it.

On your business

This is the time that most people neglect. Working on your business really separates long-term success and growth from just running faster on the treadmill of life. The ability to earn more profit is also located here.

We are all really employees of our own little real estate business. We are the ones who bring in the business and make the system go. The more time we plan, read, strategize, practice, role-play, and implement our ideas, the more ownership we gain. Becoming the owner of your real estate business only happens through diligent work on your business. Instead of being the employee who works to draw a salary and pay the bills, why not become the one who orchestrates the company? Be the one who has something to sell when he wants to try something else and/or retire.

Working on your business is truly taking a step back from the daily rat race to look at your growth and administration areas for ways to improve them. Look at your productivity and profitability then evaluate your progress. You cannot make meaningful change without evaluation as an owner, rather than as an employee on a treadmill.

Working on your business is critical to helping you move to the next level of production or decreasing time worked without reducing income or finding where to cut expenses by 10%. Working on your business will help you create economies of scale in administration and new ways to produce growth and income in your business. You need one hour per day for this area. For every minute you plan, you will save ten minutes in implementation.

What do you think your business would look like in 90 days, or even six months, if you were to implement the daily routine below?

Growth: 3 hours
Administration: 1 to 2 hours
Business: 1 hour

Time block these activities into your daily routine. You will be amazed at the results you will achieve, even in one week. Do not allow distractions to overtake you and your new daily focus. Do not neglect to do the things that will lead you to success. Do them daily without fail.

Author's Bio: 

Dirk Zeller is a sought out speaker, celebrated author and CEO of Real Estate Champions. His company trains more than 350,000 Agents worldwide each year through live events, online training, self-study programs, and newsletters. The Real Estate community has embraced and praised his six best-selling books; Your First Year in Real Estate, Success as a Real Estate Agent for Dummies®, The Champion Real Estate Agent, The Champion Real Estate Team, Telephone Sales for Dummies®, Successful Time Management for Dummies®, and over 300 articles in print. To learn more regarding this article, please visit