Its a new year, and even though most of us set resolutions we all want to achieve, having a big list of life-changing resolutions can be hard to stick to. The next few weeks, we are going to give you some steps towards specific topics we can all agree would improve our lives. This week, it’s all about making better use of time, which we all know, can improve so many aspects of life, including: work, home life, juggling our kids’ activities, and so much more.

Plan Ahead- This is probably the most important. Have a wall calendar where you see it often, and have a smaller planner in your bag or purse, and write everything down in both so you don’t overbook. If you have some free time on Sunday morning, write out everything you know is coming up for the week, even the very small stuff (like taking a 10 minute walk to clear your mind) then as you go, write down EVERYTHING. Organization is key when it comes to time management.

Be Realistic- We often think something will be quick and it ends up being way longer than expected, so give a little extra time when planning ahead. A typical 10 minute drive might be closer to 30+ minutes on a Friday afternoon, so better safe than sorry. Also, be realistic about what you can squeeze into a day (especially a Monday) so if possible, split some errands up throughout the week, if possible. We all want to be Superman, but in order to give our all for our families or work, pacing is important.

Stick to the Plans- If you have set aside 2 hours to clean the house, don’t waste that time getting lost in your closet trying clothes on or re-arranging the house. Instead, write that down for the next free day or times you have, and stick to what you are doing. It can be so easy to get distracted, but if you’re in a time crunch, stick to what’s on the calendar, you will thank me later.

Be Aware of Time- This goes hand in hand with being realistic. I think we can all agree time flies when we are busy, so it’s easy to lose track of time, which can be nice when you have a long work day, but don’t forget to take the time to talk a quick walk on your lunch to stretch and grab a bite to eat. The best way to get in the habit of this, is set reminders or alarms on your phone or computer for specific things you have to do throughout the day. We always kick ourselves when we are late for an appointment or picking up the kids, so getting in the habit of being aware of time can help tremendously with these.


We hope these small steps will help you make better use of your time, we know we will be trying them.

Here’s to good habits and a successful 2020!

The Jones Group @ Sunriver Realty 

Featured Properties-

56242 Solar Drive, Bend-

If you’ve been looking for the perfect Central Oregon property that has it all, you may have just found it. Located just a couple minutes upstream of Sunriver Resort on the Deschutes River, this 2,824 s.f. home rests on a .80 (+/-) acre parcel with a private, grandfathered dock. In addition to the beautiful log-accented home, there is a separate insulated outbuilding that could serve many purposes. Think artist’s studio, guest casita, man cave/she shed¦. Plus, there is a recently completed 3-bay shop with additional covered, outdoor parking.

The home itself boasts a tiled entry, an open Great Room design with gleaming hardwood floors, kitchen island, an office/den that could be used as an additional bedroom, large loft, bonus room that could be used for a media room, expansive craft room that could be a home gym or home office. The Master Suite boasts an oversized tile shower, dual vanities, and an intimate seating area with views of the river. Rarely does a parcel with all of these features enter the market. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, plus loft and bonus room.

58123-15 Gannet, Sunriver-

Riverfront Sunriver home on Gannet Lane! This comfortable 2,203 s.f. home is tucked away on a quiet 1/4-acre (+/-) lot in the NW corner of Sunriver Resort. A large wrap around deck is the perfect place to spend summer afternoons. The comfortable Great Room/Family Room area has a cozy woodstove, large picture windows, and a kitchen with solid surface countertops and an island. There is a hallway/utility area leading from the 3-car garage that serves as a perfect “mud room” area after a day on the mountain or out hitting the trails. The wrap around deck also boasts a perimeter stem wall design that provides lots of storage for canoes, kayaks, etc. Gannet Lane is one of the few lanes in Sunriver where there are no bike paths between your home and the river. Access to the National Forest is just a block or two away. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and abundant storage. Adventure awaits! 

57975-2 Gray Birch Lane, Sunriver-

Possibly the best location in exclusive Championship Estates. This exquisite home rests on a large, .66 acre (+/-} parcel with panoramic views of the largest water feature on The Woodlands Golf Course and Mt. Bachelor. The home features a 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath great room design, daylight basement with family/bonus room and an oversized four-car garage.

Additional features include a dumb waiter from the garage to the kitchen, double furnaces, gorgeous hardwood floors, and a large west-facing potting room off of the lower patio that could also be used for an artist’s studio. The downstairs family room has a full wet bar, gas fireplace, and lots of storage along with two suites and an office and the aforementioned potting room. Upstairs, the great room has soaring vaulted ceilings, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, and custom skylights to let the high desert sunshine spill in. The main master suite also has a gas fireplace, oversized glass block shower, and a jetted soaking tub. In the kitchen, you’ll find granite tile countertops, gas cooktop, and a beautiful stainless-steel appliance package. One more master suite and a half bath round out the features and assure there is room for everyone to be comfortable.

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