You know those agents in your office that always seem to accomplish twice as much as everyone else? It’s almost like they have some type of super-human strength or something. But since we have never seen any examples of true real estate agent super powers, the truth is that they are actually just more productive than the average agent.
If getting more things accomplished in less time is something that is appealing you, then taking time to review and improve your own productivity should be at the top of your to-do list. Let’s dive into seven simple tweaks you can make to double the impact during your working hours.
Get to Inbox Zero
One of the most common productivity tips you will find is to do everything in your power to reduce the amount of distractions in your life, and the biggest distraction for most of us is the ridiculous amount of email that makes its way into our inboxes. Clearing out those distractions will immediately boost productivity.
Getting to the infamous “inbox zero” for the first time can be quite a challenge, and staying there can be even harder, but by hitting those unsubscribe buttons more frequently and deleting faster, you can really make a difference in the amount of distractions that come through your inbox.
Plan Your Day & Review Your Goals
Another productivity tip that you will see on the lists of many top performers is to take a few minutes at the start of each day to plan out what you would like to accomplish on that particular day. This is also a good time to review your short and long-term goals and evaluate your progress towards them.
Taking time at the beginning of each day to refocus your attention on the things that you have already identified as being important in your life is a powerful way to avoid wasting time on distractions that don’t contribute to those goals.
Start a Bullet Journal
If you have tried about a dozen different productivity apps and found all of them to take up more time than they save you, it might be time to try out the revolutionary idea of using an old-fashioned pen and paper to manage your life.
Searching for “Bullet Journal” on Pinterest will reveal hundreds of ideas for how you can tweak a simple pen and paper system to meet each and every one of your planning needs in next to no time at all.
Stop Trying to Multitask
We all think that we are good at multitasking, but scientific evidence proves that the exact opposite is true. The human mind is not like a computer where you can let certain apps run in the background. It does its best work when it is fully focused on one task at a time. So stop trying to do 100 things at once and you will instantly find that you are able to do each of those things faster individually.
Schedule Social Media Posts
Social media is critical for marketing your real estate business in 2017, but taking the time to create those posts throughout the day can be the one thing that ends up distracting you from accomplishing your goals for the day.
The trick here is to take some time to schedule your social media posts in advance. This will ensure that you have quality content going out, but that you won’t have to worry about posting it in the middle of a busy workday.
Constantly Set Reminders
If the best way to increase productivity is to reduce distractions, getting all of the things you have to remember to do out of your head can have a tremendous impact on your life.
Whether you choose to use a Bullet Journal or a smartphone app like Remember the Milk, let something else be in charge of remembering that you need to do certain things so that you can focus completely on the task at hand.
Sleep & Exercise
While it might seem counterproductive to use your precious time on things like sleeping and going to the gym, it is a proven fact that well-rested people who exercise regularly are able to accomplish more in the limited time they have left than their exhausted and stressed-out peers. So don’t let your growing to-do list keep you up at night or take over your exercise time.
Increasing productivity almost always comes down to removing distractions and increasing focus. By adjusting just a few simple details in your life, you can do both of those things rather easily and dramatically improve the results you are able to produce on a daily basis.