Crafting an ideal work/life balance
Of course, one of the great advantages of being an agent is the schedule flexibility. No 9-to-5 monotony here — you’ll be on your feet, or not, at a great array of times throughout the week. This can obviously be a weakness as well, depending on how you prefer to orient your schedule.
But another factor that gets lost in the shuffle is how it can make setting consistent and effective boundaries for work-life balance significantly more complicated. If you can be “on” at almost any given time, and everyday situations frequently demand that you do just that, then how can you slow everything down?
A great place to start is by committing to a designated off day. Not a “work from home” day off or “just have a couple showings” day off, but an actual day where “you do you” — relax or take care of any non work-related items on your to-do list. This day should be whichever makes the most sense for you, so if your weekends are spent at showings, Fridays preparing for showings, and Mondays and Tuesdays syncing up with attorneys and lenders, try Thursday.
When planning your week, allocate a specific number of hours for each task you need to accomplish this week. Even if these are individual tasks, treat them as scheduled appointments — with yourself. Of course, adjustments will be necessary at times as things come up, but this way you can directly reschedule those tasks you had to move. This way, you can feel comfortable taking as much vacation or off day time as you need, without sacrificing any productivity.
Hopefully, this can also keep you from another classic trap we fall into: the bait-and-switch. Have you ever set aside an afternoon to do some intense prospecting, only to have something more urgent (and probably more exciting) come up? Of course you have — but did you set aside the same number of hours later to get it done? For many agents, the answer is no. Don’t bait-and-switch yourself: sustained commitment to all facets of your business will ensure your career growth.
Staying committed to tedious tasks every week can be hard work. But the good news is, once you produce enough to warrant the expense, you’ll be able to delegate some of those tasks to an assistant or other team member.