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14 Things Every Real Estate Investor Should Do Every Single Day

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Every morning I’m awaken by a slobbery Yorkie tongue licking my face; after that, it doesn’t get much better.

I stand in the freezing cold for twenty three minutes while my puppy Charlie leaves his signature on seven different tree trunks followed by a rousing game of “I Wonder How Loud I Can Bark at The Cats To Get The Cops Called.”   It may not be the most pleasant routine to engage in each day, but it’s the path I chose when I decided to get a puppy for Christmas.

The same way a new puppy will change your daily routine, becoming a real estate investor will also change your daily regiment – if you want to succeed. Below I’ve outlined 14 (plus one bonus) items that I try to do each and every day to improve my skills as a real estate investor.

Whether you are just getting started or have been investing for decades, it’s my hope that these daily “to-do” tasks will help you find the success you are longing for. Let’s get started:

1.) Review Your Big Goals

What is it that you are trying to achieve?

  • $10,000 per month in passive cash flow?
  • To quit your job?
  • To flip 24 houses per year?
  • Wholesale 10 houses per month?

Like a GPS in your car dashboard guiding you toward your destination, write your goals down and hang them on your wall so you’ll be continually reminded of where you are headed and you’ll be sure to stay on the right track.

2.) Define Your “Why”

Real estate is not easy, especially when you are in the midst of a stressful or confusing time.  It’s easy to get disheartened and forget why we are working so hard and why we have those big goals we defined above in #1. For example, I’m going through an eviction right now with a rather nasty tenant.  It’s a bit stressful and extremely expensive and I can’t help but think to myself,  “Brandon… is it really worth it?”

You see, those big goals I have are bound to get diluted when emotion enters the picture and I forget why I have those goals. For example, if my goal is to make $10,000 per month in passive cash flow, that’s great BUT I will care a whole lot less about that money when tough times come. However, if I focus on why I want $10,000 per month in cash flow (so I can spend my time with my family and I’ll be able to watch my kids grow up firsthand) there is little chance of that goal becoming diluted. So take a moment each and every day to “define your why.”

3.) Review Your Action Steps

While big goals are great, it can also make you feel overwhelmed. If your goal is to flip 50 houses each year, where do you even start? Therefore, it’s important to break those big goals down into actionable steps. Rather than thinking only about the 50 houses, let’s make a plan for getting the first house flip complete.  First, you need to get your financing lined up. That might mean making 10 phone calls to various hard money lenders this afternoon. Now THAT is an actionable step.

4.) Ask Yourself “Am I Moving the Needle?”

Take a moment each day to ask yourself, “is what I’m doing right now moving me toward my goal, or am I just doing busy work?”  So much of what we do each day makes us feel productive, but fails to “move the needle” and make any dent in your true plans or goals.

I’m reminded of the famed “80/20 rule” popularized by Tim Ferriss in The Four Hour Workweek, which states 80% of your results will come from 20% of your efforts. Are you working on the 20%, or are you keeping busy with the 80%?

For example, you may have a goal to wholesale 10 homes this month, but are you spending all your time choosing the perfect logo for your website? Sending out 1000 direct mail letters will probably move the needle, but choosing red instead of blue is not going to do a thing for your business other than make you feel productive.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Using Direct Mail Advertising to Grow Your Real Estate Business

5.) Evaluate Deals

Evaluating deals doesn’t come naturally to most people, so I think it’s important to spend a few minutes every day analyzing deals.

No, this doesn’t mean you need to sit down with the BiggerPockets Rental Property Calculator and discover every possible nook and cranny of a deal (though, when you are pursuing a deal, you better.) Instead, just learn to do quick math in your head. When you are driving to the grocery store and see that ugly house on main street, ask yourself “How much would I pay for that thing?”

This is when the 50% rule, the 70% rule, the 2% rule, and all those other rules of thumb come in handy. You don’t need to get it perfect, but the more practice you get, the faster you get and the more deals you will get. So make it habit to run the numbers on at least one property each day.

6.) Spend Time With Your Family

It’s easy to get consumed with real estate and forget the ones that all of our efforts are for: our family. Be sure to carve out time every day, no matter how busy you think you are, to put down the cell phone, shut the laptop, and enjoy time with your family.  Don’t worry, there will still be real estate deals when you get back.

7.) Network

Many people think of networking as a formal event where professionals in oversized suits exchange business cards, but this is just one manifestation of it. In reality:

Networking is not an event, it’s a lifestyle. (Tweet This!)

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This doesn’t mean being obnoxious and passing out your business card to every stranger you lock eyes with, but allow your passion for real estate to shine forth in your conversations. The most popular question in most conversations tends to be “so, what do you do for a living?”  Use this moment to shine!  You never know when you are going to find your next private lender, motivated seller, tenant, cash buyer, or whoever else you need to take your business to the next level.  Make networking a lifestyle and do it every day!

8.)  Learn One New Thing

“They” say you learn one new thing every day. (I don’t know who “they” refers to, but “they” say a lot of stuff.)

However, I want to take that common saying to a whole new level and encourage you to learn one new thing about real estate investing every day. There are a lot of easy ways to do this, but here are a few of my favorites:

The point is, spend a few minutes each day learning new tricks and strategies and watch your business grow.

9.) Diet and Exercise

Let me ask you a question… have you ever seen a hearse followed by a U-haul?  Probably not – because the truth is: when you die, you can’t take it with you. 

As much fun as wealth, financial freedom, and security is – it’s all temporary. Making $10,000 per month in passive cash flow does you no good if you are dead. Therefore, I’ve included “diet and exercise” on this list because it makes the other items possible by extending your life and helping you live a more fulfilled existence.

People spend thousands of dollars on courses, programs, and classes to help them make more money, but freak out over spending an extra $50 eating organic or $30 for a gym membership. Something is clearly wrong here. So, take at least 20 minutes every single day to get your heart pumping and watch what you eat or you might not be here in 20 years to enjoy the financial future you are working so hard to build.

That said… I’m starting P90x 3 next week. Who’s with me?

10.) Help Someone Else

There are a lot of people out there trapped in a life of mundane, 9-5 monotony – and you hold the key to escape. Why not spend a minute or two helping others get on the same path you are? This is the true spirit of BiggerPockets: real estate education through community.

There are a lot of ways you can do this, like going out to lunch or attending your local real estate clubs, but perhaps the easiest is to simply hop onto the BiggerPockets Forums once a day for ten minutes and answer a question or two. There are a lot of unanswered questions every day, and chances are – you know the answer to some of them.

Keep in mind, you do not need to be an expert to help others. Even if you are just starting out, you can always help others by teaching what you’ve learned so far, sharing your experiences, or simply pointing them to the educational sources that you’ve found helpful in your life.

As an added benefit, not only does teaching someone else benefit them, it also benefits YOU. Teaching is perhaps the greatest way to cement a new topic into your head.

11.) Evaluate Your Systems

Perhaps the most important thing I’ve learned from being a host on The BiggerPockets Podcast is the necessity of systems in business. (After all, nearly every guest has mentioned this aspect as key to their success.) A system is a process or order to the tasks in your business that help you maintain stability and control through a variety of changing circumstances.  For example, having a step by step guide for screening tenants that you follow for every tenant helps to take the guesswork out of running your own business. (In case you are interested in that, I wrote up every single detail of my tenant screening system here for you to use or adopt!)

When just starting out, having well-oiled systems may not seem important, but it’s those very systems which allow you to scale your business without losing your mind. By creating those systems you are able to eventually hand those systems off to other people so you can focus on the activities that only you can do that move the needle for your business.  So take a few minutes every day to evaluate your systems and find ways to improve them.

For two excellent books on this subject, see:

Ultimately, the point is: spend time each day to work ON your business, not just in it. Systems are how you do this.

12.) Read Something Motivational

I find it helpful to spend a few moments each day reading something motivational. As Zig Ziglar says, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”  It doesn’t need to be long, but reading a quick blog post from Seth Godin or Gary Vaynerchuk can get you pumped and motivated for the work you have to do.

13.) Relax

Finally, after all these things you “should do each day” I want to give you the easiest one: take a few minutes every day to relax and have fun. Do something completely unrelated to real estate investing. Watch an episode of Law and Order. Read a bit Game of Thrones. Take a walk around your neighborhood.  By relaxing from “work” you’ll be able to focus more intently when you are working and grow your real estate business even stronger.

14.) Plan Your Tomorrow

One of the last things you should be doing each night before heading to sleep is to plan your tomorrow. By taking five minutes to write down the items you want to accomplish tomorrow, you will accomplish two things:

  1. Empty your mind so you’ll sleep more stress-free
  2. Be able to start working on the most important thing right away in the morning.

Most people wake up, lazily get ready, then spend a while trying to figure out what to do first. By writing down your to-do list the night before, you’ll be able to jump right into your tasks immediately and get far more accomplished than others.

BONUS: #15.) Help Me Out

Finally, (and this is 99% self serving) I hope you’ll do me the honor of leaving me a comment below and sharing this post on your Facebook.  Let me know which item on this list rings most true for you – OR let me know if I forgot something!

Thank you for reading – now go out and get started on your daily to-do list!  I need to go walk my dog…

 

Brandon Turner is an active real estate investor, entrepreneur, writer, and co-host of the BiggerPockets Podcast. He began buying rental properties and flipping houses at age 21, discovering he didn’t need to work 40 years at a corporate job to have “the good life.” Today, with nearly 100 rental units and dozens of rehabs under his belt, he continues to invest in real estate while also showing others the power, and impact, of financial freedom. His writings have been featured on Forbes.com, Entrepreneur.com, FoxNews.com, Money Magazine, and numerous other publications across the web and in print media. He is the author of The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down, The Book on Rental Property Investing, and co-author of The Book on Managing Rental Properties, which he wrote alongside his wife, Heather, and How to Invest in Real Estate, which he wrote alongside Joshua Dorkin. A life-long adventurer, Brandon (along with Heather and daughter Rosie) splits his time between his home in Washington State and various destinations around the globe.

    Sid Siddiqui
    Replied over 5 years ago
    @Brandon – Agree with every single point that you have made here, all 14 of them, #15 requires an action! and that is exactly what I’m doing. Just to stress upon #3, everyone has big goals but it is very important to break it down into the actionable steps and follow through. Cheers! -Sid
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Sid you rock! Thanks for leaving a comment 🙂 And yeah, #3 is huge. People get lost with “big goals” so smaller actionable goals work well!
    Daniel Peavey from Atlanta, Georgia
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Good stuff Brandon!!! Thank you!! Hey Brandon, I just made a major move Finally quit my job I’m free I make enough passive income I never have to work for anyone else !!! Loved the 14 things to do every day
    David Mincey Flipper/Rehabber from Randallstown, MD
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Daniel, I’m jealous of you (quitting your job), but in a good way….Congratulations!
    Charles Morgan Investor from El Paso/Socorro, Texas
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Congratulations! Hopefully my turn is coming up soon.
    Sid Siddiqui
    Replied over 5 years ago
    @Brandon – Agree with every single point that you have made here, all 14 of them, #15 requires an action! and that is exactly what I’m doing. Just to stress upon #3, everyone has big goals but it is very important to break it down into the actionable steps and follow through. Cheers! -Sid
    Brad Boone
    Replied over 5 years ago
    BT very well done, I’m blessed to have my kids 50% of the time thanks to Real Estate!! Is Ben L doing the p90x as well?
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Hah I’ll try to talk Ben into it! Thanks for the comment!
    Brad Boone
    Replied over 5 years ago
    BT very well done, I’m blessed to have my kids 50% of the time thanks to Real Estate!! Is Ben L doing the p90x as well?
    Brad Boone
    Replied over 5 years ago
    BT very well done, I’m blessed to have my kids 50% of the time thanks to Real Estate!! Is Ben L doing the p90x as well?
    John Schmitt
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Those simple pleasures, #6, 10 & 13 are good for the soul and spirit! Great advise!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Thanks John!
    Michael
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Wonderful post, very informative and helpful!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Thanks Michael!
    Fernando Serrano
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Another great article. Happy to say I do most of those things… Great validation that I’m not the only one. Every morning in my workout… I’m always listening to bigger pockets podcast. You guys are awesome!! Keep doing what you do and helping other investors like me.
    Fernando Serrano
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Another great article. Happy to say I do most of those things… Great validation that I’m not the only one. Every morning in my workout… I’m always listening to bigger pockets podcast. You guys are awesome!! Keep doing what you do and helping other investors like me.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Thank you Fernando! And that’s awesome you work out to the BP Podcast!
    Alexander S. Lloyd
    Replied over 5 years ago
    I agree with all of this and I can’t stress #9 enough! If you can’t work, you can’t eat! It can be difficult to enjoy life with an ailment (if it’s preventive!)
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    I agree 1000%!
    Mohammad Asaduddin(Asad)
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Well done Brandon. Keeping in mind all the 14 things every day is not easy. My greatest challenge is #11. I think you mean that systems are developed gradually. Can you elaborate please. In #14 another benefit I read somewhere is that once you write down tomorrow’s plan, your subconscious works on it while you sleep.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Hey Mohammad, Yes, systems are developed slowly, but I think the important thing is: always ask yourself, how can I make this work more smoothly and with less stress? And I’d HIGHLY recommend reading those two books mentioned in #11. Thanks!
    Mohammad Asaduddin(Asad)
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Well done Brandon. Keeping in mind all the 14 things every day is not easy. My greatest challenge is #11. I think you mean that systems are developed gradually. Can you elaborate please. In #14 another benefit I read somewhere is that once you write down tomorrow’s plan, your subconscious works on it while you sleep.
    chris carollo
    Replied over 5 years ago
    #8 is key for me. I know less and less everyday, the more I can learn everyday the better off I am. Thanks for this post!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Thanks Chris!
    James Pratt
    Replied over 5 years ago
    As you pointed out, write YOUR goals down and how to achieve them. Make sure their doable, where lacking educate yourself. Knowledge equals power, power equals control which equals wealth. I read my goals every night before going to bed and every morning when I woke up. Keep that up until I mastered each one. When you achieve your goals, raise the bar, stay motivated and excited. Without action and a doable plan all one has is a pipe dream.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Awesome James! And I love your tip – “Raise the bar” – yep!
    Shaun
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Recently overheard: Guy #1: “I’m going to really start applying that 80/20 rule in my life.” Brandon: “Oh yeah that principle from Tim Ferris.” Vilfredo Pareto: “Dude WTF!?” 🙂
    Tom Sylvester
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Haha. I was literally LOLing in the car when Brandon said that and Josh called him on it.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Now now fellas, if you notice, I always say “made popular by Tim Ferriss.” No one cares about Vilfredo or his pea pods. They care about a 4 hour workweek! 😉
    Shaun
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Joking aside great post Brandon. Lots of good tips and advice that people should take to heart. Happy to say that I do several of these things already, others I know I should be doing but have been slacking on and a few I hadn’t thought of but are good ideas that I think I will try to incorporate as well. BTW really like the networking tweetable, but there isn’t an actual tweet link.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Thanks Shaun! And dang, I knew I was gonna forget to make that link! Fixed now 🙂
    Eric
    Replied over 5 years ago
    All great tips. When I was actively looking for more rentals, I analyzed plenty of properties every day. I came up with offer prices that never got submitted, just for practice.
    Eric
    Replied over 5 years ago
    All great tips. When I was actively looking for more rentals, I analyzed plenty of properties every day. I came up with offer prices that never got submitted, just for practice.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Same here, Eric! Thanks for reading and commenting!
    Maggie
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Great information!! Will definitely be keeping this post around for the many times I’m going to need it. Thanks so much!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Thanks Maggie! Rock on!
    Tom Sylvester
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Great post. We often times come across a lot of blogs that have great content, but are not actionable. You broke it down into plain, simple and daily actions to take. I’d say most successful investors probably do at least half of these. It is hard not to be successful if someone does all of these and is persistent with it. Thanks for sharing.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Thanks Tom, and yah, you said it – it’s hard NOT to be successful if someone follows all of these!
    Tom Sylvester
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Great post. We often times come across a lot of blogs that have great content, but are not actionable. You broke it down into plain, simple and daily actions to take. I’d say most successful investors probably do at least half of these. It is hard not to be successful if someone does all of these and is persistent with it. Thanks for sharing.
    Loren Whitney
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Love it! If I could only get into the routine of structuring every day like this!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Oh, me too! I can write it a lot better than I can actually do it consistently! 🙂 Thanks for the comment!
    Steve Kozlowski
    Replied over 5 years ago
    “Move the needle” vs. Feeling Productive. Focus on the important tasks. Thanks for a great read!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Thank you Steve, thanks so much for the comment!
    Chris Gilnack
    Replied over 5 years ago
    B – Great post. Agree with every one of them. Thanks for taking the time to remind us of what’s important. Thanks again!!!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Thanks Chris, happy to!
    Todd Molter
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Excellent post BT, I will use this list everyday. BP Rocks! sooooo glad I found you guys!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Thanks Todd, appreciate it!
    Aaron
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Writing down my goals and reviewing them every day has made a huge impact on my business. I have them written on a white board above my desk and I also copied them on to an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper. I made multiple copies of that sheet and have one beside my bed and another in the john. I review them before I go to sleep and when I’m stinkin’, I’m thinkin’!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Hah nice Aaron! I actually thought of you while writing this post and thought, “I bet Aaron does most of these every day!” 🙂
    Ben Leybovich
    Replied over 5 years ago
    LOL – I don’t have a desk. But – I do have kids…lololol
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Hah nice Aaron! I actually thought of you while writing this post and thought, “I bet Aaron does most of these every day!” 🙂
    Annie
    Replied over 5 years ago
    I agreed with absolutely everything, including walking the dawg…will be taking lucky number 7 to the bank starting immediately! Thank you ALL so much for all of the knowledge and insights that you so generously share. Brand spankin’ newbie, Annie J
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Awesome Annie! Well definitely start networking on the forums, and check out BiggerPockets.com/meet to find some local investors in your area!
    Annie
    Replied over 5 years ago
    I agreed with absolutely everything, including walking the dawg…will be taking lucky number 7 to the bank starting immediately! Thank you ALL so much for all of the knowledge and insights that you so generously share. Brand spankin’ newbie, Annie J
    Chris Vail
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Nice post Brandon, while reading it I made my own version of the 14 items and added my own words to solidify the thoughts in my mind. I am going to go and work on actionable items right now with a call to line up some financing. Thanks for the post.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Nice Chris! Best of luck!
    Chris Vail
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Nice post Brandon, while reading it I made my own version of the 14 items and added my own words to solidify the thoughts in my mind. I am going to go and work on actionable items right now with a call to line up some financing. Thanks for the post.
    Chris Vail
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Nice post Brandon, while reading it I made my own version of the 14 items and added my own words to solidify the thoughts in my mind. I am going to go and work on actionable items right now with a call to line up some financing. Thanks for the post.
    Rod Pittman
    Replied over 5 years ago
    That was a great reminder. Thanks for sharing. I have been in my new home for 2 1/2 years now and still haven’t put my white board up in my office. Going to do that right now so I can work on my list.
    Rod Pittman
    Replied over 5 years ago
    That was a great reminder. Thanks for sharing. I have been in my new home for 2 1/2 years now and still haven’t put my white board up in my office. Going to do that right now so I can work on my list. Reply Report comment
    Rod Pittman
    Replied over 5 years ago
    That was a great reminder. Thanks for sharing. I have been in my new home for 2 1/2 years now and still haven’t put my white board up in my office. Going to do that right now so I can work on my list.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Nice Rod! I have a white board, but I never use it as much as I should. I need to get into that habit!
    James Syed
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Great article. I specially love the idea of putting health in the middle of it as like you stated ” any kind of wealth would stay here and we all would leave this world empty handed. Brandon, keep up the good work. I have learned so much from you and biggerpockets.com. Good luck.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Thanks James! I appreciate your comments, every time! Are you on the BP forums? If so, are we colleagues? If not… you should be 🙂
    Jay Masikat
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Great write-up Brandon….good stuff actually saved it to my Evernote as a shortcut to use everyday to keep me on track! Jay
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    I’ve been Evernoted! yes! 🙂 Thanks for reading – and best of luck following these!
    Jay Masikat
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Great write-up Brandon….good stuff actually saved it to my Evernote as a shortcut to use everyday to keep me on track! Jay Reply Report comment
    Nathaniel
    Replied over 5 years ago
    I really need this. Thanks. My “to-do” list was all over the place and nonproductive. I will give this list a try.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Awesome Nathaniel! Rock on!
    Steve
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Thanks for the list Brandon. It’s a good combination of Gary Keller’s Big Goals philosophy and Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why”. One of my leaders shared some great wisdom with me once … “Don’t let your career out-live your family” and it has stuck with me for years. Gotta focus on the family – ain’t that what it’s all about anyway? — Later, ScubaSteve
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Hey Steve, I just got “Start with Why” and am loving it so far! Great stuff! And yes, it’s easy for us to get caught up in the biz and forget what it’s all about! Thanks for the comment!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Hey Steve, I just got “Start with Why” and am loving it so far! Great stuff! And yes, it’s easy for us to get caught up in the biz and forget what it’s all about! Thanks for the comment! Reply Report comment
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Hey Steve, I just got “Start with Why” and am loving it so far! Great stuff! And yes, it’s easy for us to get caught up in the biz and forget what it’s all about! Thanks for the comment!
    Michael Jobe
    Replied over 5 years ago
    I really needed this Brandon. As a rookie investor, I’ve been struggling with the things I should be doing everyday but you just provided the blueprint. This list is getting a permanent spot somewhere within my office immediately!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Hey Michael, thanks for reading! I appreciate the comment 🙂
    John Elmenhe
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Brandon- I agree 1000% with what you and “they” (whoever they are 🙂 ) on everything you said. This may sound kind of strange, but your “14 Things Every Real Estate Investor Should Do” reminds me of Wilson’s 14 Points during WW1 (hopefully you were awake in history class :). All 14 are definitely worthy steps to take in achieving your ideal lifestyle as Wilson’s were worthy steps to achieving an ideal world. Thanks~ I really needed that today!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Hey John, thanks! And I was a History major in college, so I hope I was awake! 🙂 So… thank you! And thanks for the comment!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Hey John, thanks! And I was a History major in college, so I hope I was awake! 🙂 So… thank you! And thanks for the comment!
    Dave Slaughter
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Awesome post Brandon! Since you listed #5 as evaluate deals everyday, I also think making offers everyday should be in the list as well. If you’re evaluating them; you may as we’ll make the offer too. I need to do that myself and know that I’ll get more deals by making more offers. Secondly, I know networking is important to our business but we never hear any how to articles,posts, or podcasts on the subject. While I think I’m an OK networker I’m always looking for new techniques to improve.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Great tip Dave! I know I should be offering on more properties – so perfect addition to the list!
    Luke
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Great read. thank you! All so true, and easy, yet difficult to maintain sometimes.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Definitely much easier to write and read than do. Best of luck Luke!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Definitely much easier to write and read than do. Best of luck Luke! Reply Report comment
    Diana Weeks
    Replied over 5 years ago
    This aticle is so spot on, every single point. I don’t know you, but I feel like we could be best friends based on this article – in a totally non-creepy way. Great article!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Thanks Diana! You commented on my article, so we pretty much are friends already anyways 🙂 Thanks so much for the great comment!
    Cliff
    Replied over 5 years ago
    What steps would you take daily to network?
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Hey Cliff, Great question (and something I’ll probably write on soon!) 1.) Interact on the BiggerPockets Forums daily. Even for 2 minutes. 2.) Use BiggerPockets.com/meet to find active investors in your area, within 50 miles or so. 3.) Take a local investor, agent, or property manager out to lunch at least once a week. 4.) Look for local meetups, at least once a month. Hope that helps!
    Daniel Sanchez
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Eating right and exercising is all too important. It’s a great stress reliever when hitting the real estate roadblocks and is a good reset button for the mind…awesome post, Brandon!
    Teresa
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Good ideas here Brandon! I’m a pretty new REI. I want to have short work weeks, but also be productive. I have been doing many of these things already. You had some new ideas for me too. Which I will be working on this week.
    Monic
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Great advice but i love the daily motivational tips.It works for me and has changed me 360 degree
    Toni Ricketts
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Hi Brandon, as fresh meat to the real estate industry, the one thing that stood out to me was “Define your Why”. Most people around me like the idea of a guaranteed paycheck every two weeks and I also liked that idea until I got bored. I’m changing courses in my life and defining WHY, not just for my parents, but for myself is a very important starting point. Thank you for this list!!
    Toni Ricketts
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Hi Brandon, as fresh meat to the real estate industry, the one thing that stood out to me was “Define your Why”. Most people around me like the idea of a guaranteed paycheck every two weeks and I also liked that idea until I got bored. I’m changing courses in my life and defining WHY, not just for my parents, but for myself is a very important starting point. Thank you for this list!!
    Ellie
    Replied over 5 years ago
    As always, great article! It’s not always easy to do #13 because of the million and one things a lot of us need to cram into a mere 24 hours but thanks for reminding us of the importance to just take time to relax and breathe….
    stephanie willoughby
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Great post, as always, Brandon. Will you post for me all the parts of your business for which you have systems? You mentioned tenant screening, but what else do you have ‘automated’? Thanks! Love the podcast, btw!
    Jordan Thibodeau
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Great post Brandon.
    Parker
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Wonderful article!! Thanks Brandon! As someone just trying to get started in real estate this is very encouraging because it isn’t overwhelming and I can start tackling these to do’s each day. Once again thank you for motivating me!
    Jeri O'Mahoney
    Replied over 5 years ago
    This is great practical advice for staying on track. Thanks! Kudos for including diet and exercise. In addition to protecting your health, I find it helps me with focus and endurance on those long, difficult days. I also think that adequate sleep is huge. As I get older, I find I just can’t muddle through on a few hours of sleep each night.
    Jeri O'Mahoney
    Replied over 5 years ago
    This is great practical advice for staying on track. Thanks! Kudos for including diet and exercise. In addition to protecting your health, I find it helps me with focus and endurance on those long, difficult days. I also think that adequate sleep is huge. As I get older, I find I just can’t muddle through on a few hours of sleep each night.
    steve pohlit
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Very good list – I would add and maybe it is part of the the systems point: build your team. Many of the steps we do can be leveraged to others. This ties into the point about helping others. It is also important because we all need to have help with those things we generally don’t like to do or are not the best at. One of my coaching clients is an absolute gem at developing relationships. We are focused on that skill for finding deals and funding partners. I come when she has found properties that meet our criteria and help convert interested funding sources to commitments.
    Travis Daggett
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Great! The best book I’ve read on #6 is When Work and Family Collide by Andy Stanley. Changed my viewpoint! Thanks
    Ben
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Brandon, Great ideas as usual! I liked #4 in particular, as it’s easy to get caught up in ‘busy work’ and feel productive, when you really haven’t done anything today to move your business forward. I may have come to this thread late, but it’s exactly what I needed to read today to get back on course. Thanks P.S. How is P90X3 so far?
    Recia
    Replied over 5 years ago
    @Brandon Turner thank you for this. I needed this TODAY. Planning my tomorrow and reminding myself that a day isn’t productive unless movement towards my goals is happening (not organizing the office) are key points for me. So glad I found Bigger Pockets. thanks again! Recia
    Paula
    Replied about 5 years ago
    @brandon #9 is so important. How can you enjoy your success if you’re not in healthy shape? Keeping your mind, body & soul healthy is key. Meditation before bed helps me clear my mind. Thanks, Paula
    Cheryl Griffin
    Replied about 5 years ago
    These are great…thanks Brandon! A twist on #8 that’s also important is to do 1 thing that stretches you. Reply Report comment
    Cheryl Griffin
    Replied about 5 years ago
    These are great…thanks Brandon! A twist on #8 that’s also important is to do 1 thing that stretches you.
    Greg Mu from Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Brandon, Tip 8 comes easy as I’m just getting started. A daily podcast or two and a couple hours a night on BP does the trick. I also love the conversation you foster through your blog posts and podcasts; I seem to learn just as much in the comments section as I do in the original! Thanks for what you do, Greg
    Christine
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Hello Brandon, Just read your post. Very inspiring! I wrote every step down in my note book, although I started with #9 as my most important,being #1… I will apply these steps to my Dance Retail business, as well! I will be giving all my employees a copy. It makes so much sense and very eager to see the results when applied! Thanks again and have a GREAT 2015!!! Christine
    Steve Anderson Real Estate Broker from Wadsworth, IL
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    JUst reading this now. Realizing that #9 is important and have recently made time for this daily. Got caught up in the chase and have aquired 16 units in 18 months and have become consumed with a real life game of Monopoly. Going to slow down and enjoy the hardwork some in 2015
    Leanne Hunt Real Estate Investor from Johannesburg, South Africa
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Great post ahead of the new year, Brandon! I took special note of number 11 as my systems are still quite unformed. This will be my main focus for the start of 2015 and I appreciate the book recommendations.
    Jared Butterfield
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    LOVE this post! Thank you so much Brandon for your inspiration and hard work. I wrote down the points and I’m going to follow them and try to become a successful investor using these. Thank you again!
    Jairo Freyre Residential Mortgage Specialist from Dallas, Texas
    Replied over 4 years ago
    I liked this post! Helped me to realize that I do most of this daily without knowing it. I thought my brain was just all over the place. The saying “method to my madness” comes to mind HAHA! Anyways, keep the motivational stuff coming, I can use all I can get!
    Jairo Freyre Residential Mortgage Specialist from Dallas, Texas
    Replied over 4 years ago
    I liked this post! Helped me to realize that I do most of this daily without knowing it. I thought my brain was just all over the place. The saying “method to my madness” comes to mind HAHA! Anyways, keep the motivational stuff coming, I can use all I can get!
    Jeff Hensel Lender from San Diego, CA
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Great list, Brandon. Thank you.
    Victoria Nellon Investor from Stone Mountain, Georgia
    Replied over 4 years ago
    This was a great post. I am going to write these on a board in my room. Thanks!!
    Matthew Jones from Moreno Valley, California
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Exceptional article, I would like to buy a poster of this. Cheers!
    Don Alberts from Frankfort, Illinois
    Replied about 4 years ago
    Brandon, thanks again for your info. You r the man. Don
    Alex Maldonado Investor from Danbury, Connecticut
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Thank you for this blog. Last night was my first webinar and I upgraded to BP Pro. I really love BP and all its content. The blogs are great because they are short enough to read without losing focus and are still packed with useful info. As for this blog evaluate deals, networking, learn something new and help someone are things I do the most everyday and I will start doing the others routinely so thank you. Looking forward to the coming year now that I’m on BP
    Alex Maldonado Investor from Danbury, Connecticut
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Thank you for this blog. Last night was my first webinar and I upgraded to BP Pro. I really love BP and all its content. The blogs are great because they are short enough to read without losing focus and are still packed with useful info. As for this blog evaluate deals, networking, learn something new and help someone are things I do the most everyday and I will start doing the others routinely so thank you. Looking forward to the coming year now that I’m on BP
    John Morey Investor from Athens, Alabama
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Thank you for this. One thing maybe to add is ACT the PLAN. Many are great planners. They lack one important thing…. ACTION. Act on that plan! Have a great day!
    Jim Glover Investor from Auburn, Georgia
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Great Article Brandon – Encouraging, practical, actionable and motivational! I have been fortunate over the past several years while investing in real estate, but I seem to sometimes lose focus and urgency on finding the next property (thankfully the rental checks keep coming which is nice) – this is a great reminder! I also love the advice to help others – that makes such a difference in everything we do?
    Nicholas Maniscalco
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Hi Brandon. Great post! Big fan of your content and the podcasts. As a physical therapist I’m also a fan of P90x3, especially if time is a major issue for you. If your goal is to build a rock solid core and become more athletic I would recommend P90x2. Both terrific programs. Reply Report comment
    Nicholas Maniscalco
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Hi Brandon. Great post! Big fan of your content and the podcasts. As a physical therapist I’m also a fan of P90x3, especially if time is a major issue for you. If your goal is to build a rock solid core and become more athletic I would recommend P90x2. Both terrific programs.
    Tim White Rental Property Investor from Madison, AL
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Great article Brandon. I really needed this today and it hit the spot. Thanks for the motivations
    Gene D. Rental Property Investor from Boca Raton, FL
    Replied over 3 years ago
    @BRANDON TURNER – Thank you. You continue to inspire with your systematic enthusiasm for the industry and desire to help others. It really shines though and makes me from time to time reexamine my own approach by raising points I otherwise may not have considered.
    Kerry
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Thank you so very much, Brandon I will start emedeitly. Thank you
    Amaka Nzenaguora from Voorhees, New Jersey
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Systems are so important, one simply cannot be random in business, one must build an expectation and deliver it consistently.
    Jason Lewis from Denver, Colorado
    Replied over 3 years ago
    One of my favorite posts yet!
    Jamie S. Real Estate Investor from Palm Harbor, Florida
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Thank you for the article, Brandon! I really like the Zig Ziglar quote on motivation. It made me realize how silly it is that I’ve always just expected it to last. It’s nice, though, to realize that it’s not just me!
    Lydia Riddle Real Estate Agent from Lithonia, Georgia
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Timeless! Great advice for all – newbies to pros.
    Heather Fernandez from West Palm Beach, FL
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Thank you so much for all the wonderful content and information you give! It is all so helpful not just for real estate but also for life! By the way I’ve done P90x3 and it’s awesome!
    Michael Reilly Flipper/Rehabber from San Diego, CA
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Good Stuff!
    Dustin Trombley Investor from Clarksville, Tennessee
    Replied over 3 years ago
    For me, staying motivated is the most important thing. I love to learn anything and everything. So learning something new everyday motivates me to push through the obstacles of real estate investing.
    Eric Deibele from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Agreed. If you don’t have the motivation to act, many of the points in this article will fall apart. You need to find what drives you and keep that alive within to always push forward.
    Luis Reza
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Hey Brandon, I’m new here about two months. I am a Pro member. I also bought some beginners books. My favorite one is investing in Duplex, Triplexes, & Quads. Very easy to understand for this will be my niche. Thank you so much for all the good information. Nothing on here is ever boring. I listen to podcast on the way to and from work. They keep me going and pumped.
    Kevin Estey Investor, Buy and Hold, Rehabs from Wellington, Wellington
    Replied over 3 years ago
    All great points! And always good to be reminded of some of the basics when it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Keep posting gems like this!
    David Mincey Flipper/Rehabber from Randallstown, MD
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Brandon, once again another powerful post!! Keep it up!!
    Lincoln
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Thank you. This was extremely helpful
    Greg Parker Contractor from Montgomery, AL
    Replied almost 2 years ago
    My favorite is the Zig Ziglar quote. I get my motivation every morning during my 1 hour commute to work. BP podcasts of course!
    Erik Orozco from Mcallen, Texas
    Replied almost 2 years ago
    Incredible article Brandon! I fell victim with all the small details as a newbie and wasted a lot of time, once started working on the 20% is when I started to see this real estate stuff really works!
    Benjamin Lenz from Walnut Creek, CA
    Replied almost 2 years ago
    Thank you Brandon. This is so practical. I will start my list tonight of my to-do’s tomorrow. Cheers!!