I am always trying to protect my time. It is the only thing in life that isn't abundant. Although I work very hard at real estate and I take it very seriously, I try to stay focused on the important tasks. Once I learn how to do something that is important but not hard to learn I try to get someone else to do it for me. For example, I learned early on that I was not a painter, carpenter, electricion, plumber, and on and on. I am not saying I haven't done each and everyone of those tasks, because I have, but there are a lot more people out there better at it than me. If it takes me 8 hours to paint a room and someone else can do it for $50 and have it done better and in less than half the time it gets outsourced. Recently I outsourced the management of all my properties and that took away about $1000 per month of my cashflow. I was guessing that I was spending about 50 hours per month on management which equals about $20 per hour. To me it's not the $20 per hour that bothers me it's the fact that I might have lost the deal of a lifetime in that 50 hour time frame. Now I have even trained a person who has no real estate experience to goto the courthouses in the counties I invest in to pull the "lis pendens" lists. Then she takes the list and sends them mailers every few days that I got off Dean's Automated Foreclosure Finder software. The mailers have a toll free phone number on them that they call that I got from coanetwork.com so I don't have to answer the phone and it sorts the calls so I can tell which flyers are working and then contact the people. Coanetwork.com is the company Dean recommends in the AFF system and there 1-800 program is really cool. Now I am synergisticly creating a system of investing much more efficient than myself and I able able to create more time for myself with better results. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing! Good Luck!
You've got to find your obstacles and call them out! Unsheath the sword, and do battle with whatever it is that holds you back!