Spending too much time working and not enough time with our friends and families is one of the most common pitfalls that many real estate agents find themselves falling into.
As people who are naturally drawn to the idea of managing our own businesses, most of us are also likely to accept the responsibilities that come along with that decision and work as hard as possible to achieve success.
That success can come with a pretty significant cost, however. If you are working day and night to build your real estate business, there are almost certainly going to be some shortcomings in other areas of your life.
But how do those uber-successful agents you see do it? How are they able to find time to be with their families without sacrificing the extreme dedication it takes to get to the top of the real estate world?
The answer is actually two-fold. You first have to make the absolute most out of everything you do while you are in the office, and then you have to focus exclusively on your personal life when you are away from work.
Both are easier said than done, but let’s take a closer look at each and see if we can’t skim some tips from top agents.
Maximize Your Workplace Efficiency
The first step in becoming a more balanced real estate professional is to increase the efficiency with which you operate during the workday. This means having lots of systems in place to handle all of the day-to-day tasks that you have to complete.
Simply staying organized and knowing where everything you need is located around your office can shave hours off of your work week, just a few minutes at a time.
Another simple hack that many successful agents use is to start each day with a plan of attack that will serve as a roadmap to make sure you get to the end of the day in one piece. Every agent has to contend with things that attempt to distract you during the day, but the best ones are able to quickly decide which distractions are worth it and which ones are not.
You also might want to consider building out a team that can handle some of the tasks that you don’t absolutely love. Bringing on someone to handle the paperwork or show listings for you can allow you to focus all of your effort on the areas where you bring the most to the table.
Keep Work Out of Your Personal Time
As you become more and more efficient with your time in the office, the next step is to improve the quality of the time you spend outside the office. The first step here is to make your time outside the office completely off limits to any work issues.
This can obviously be easier said than done, but the key to a successful work-life balance is keeping your personal time personal. So do your best to let those client calls go to voicemail and make returning them one of your top priorities in the next day’s plan of attack.
Keeping your personal time personal doesn’t necessarily just mean phone calls either. Making a practice of “no screen time” when you are with your family encourages everyone to make the most of the quality time you plan to spend together with no distractions.
And while you are working on making the most of your personal time, you will definitely enjoy more time here on earth if you work on keeping yourself healthy. Focus on eating better and exercising and you will notice results in both your personal and professional life.
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is tough for even the best real estate agents. So make sure that you don’t beat yourself up when work occasionally overwhelms your life. But being conscious of the issue is the best way to constantly work towards a solution that works for you in the long run.