We recently surveyed the 12,500 agents in our system. More than 50% said that maintaining a work/life balance was one of their greatest challenges.
We recently conducted a survey of the 12,500 agents in our system. Not surprisingly, more than 50% said that maintaining a work/life balance was one of their greatest challenges. They are not alone: according to a five-year study of the American workforce conducted by the Families and Work Institute, 30% of the workforce often or very often feel burned out or stressed by their jobs, 27% feel emotionally drained from their work and 42% feel used up at the end of the work day.
So, what to do? The nature of the real estate business is serious hustle means better results, so the concept of “just work less” isn’t always the solution. While it might sound ironic, applying a little discipline with a few simple changes to your daily routine can make you both more productive and feel more refreshed — and in turn, free up more of your time for friends, family and yourself.
Start by Working Smarter
Focus on those clients with whom you want to work, and refer the others. Actively ask your favorite clients to keep you in mind for new opportunities, as it’s more likely that the clients you’ve enjoyed in the past will refer clients that you will enjoy in the future.
Maintain a focus on those properties in your preferred price point and property type. Be picky– you don’t need to take on everything. You can offer referrals for the rest of them, and you’ll feel more satisfied that you’re not stretching yourself too thin.
Hire an assistant (or assistants) to handle administrative or mundane tasks that can be delegated. For example, putting up postings on social media or placing referrals into a system (like ReferralExchange). You might even be able to find a high school or college student to assist you for a few hours a week.
Take Time for Yourself
Schedule time on your calendar every day to do something for yourself. This “me time” should be an actual appointment – make a promise to yourself to keep it daily and schedule other appointments around it if possible.
Begin and end your day with a five minute meditation. At the beginning of your workday, visualize what you want to accomplish that day. At the end, spend that time congratulating yourself for a job well done (no negativity!).
Get up and walk around. Studies have shown that getting up from your desk every 30 minutes or so and walking around can benefit your health and actually lengthen your life.
Know when to STOP
None of us can work 24/7, so it’s okay to turn off the phone and step away from email, especially after your last appointment. If you are trying to close a big deal that’s one thing, but if it’s a regular day, then disconnect yourself from your electronic devices. And, be sure to charge your devices outside of your bedroom!