Work and life can be hard to balance - but we have some tips that may help you.
It is no secret that real estate is a tough field to keep up with. In many instances, real estate acts as a sort of “on call” profession, with clients calling for showings, meetings, open house inquiries, etc., at many different hours of the day. There’s a lot that a real estate professional has to stay on top of. But just like any profession, it is important to keep a strong, healthy, and consistent work/life balance. Real estate is a great and rewarding field to be a part of – but it shouldn’t be everything.
• Keep a timely routine.
Part of keeping a strong work/life balance is falling into a healthy routine. Make it a point to leave the house at 8 every morning and leave the office at 5 every evening if you have to. Don’t feel obligated to work overtime if it isn’t necessary. Make it a priority to finish large, more important tasks at the beginning of the day, and give yourself a time frame to complete everything. Routines (in addition to strong time management skills) are a surefire way to have a happy work life, in addition to your personal life.
• Have set calling times/meeting times.
Many business professionals have appointed times that they are on their phone or in their office. For example, they will have their phone on them during work hours, but will turn it off as soon as they leave the office, allowing any more calls received until the next morning to go into voicemail. Some also have designed times for meetings, and will not stray away from that time frame unless absolutely necessary. You do not have to be at a client’s beck and call – as long as they have a way to reach you and you respond in a timely manner, everything will be fine.
• Allow yourself to relax.
First and foremost, your personal life always comes first – no matter how much you love
your job, it isn’t everything. Everyone needs time to relax. A strung-out worker is not an efficient worker. Non-work hours should be exactly that – non-work hours. Relaxation is key – doing so will make you calmer and more capable at your job.