The weather is warming up and summer is almost here. While most people are taking time off from work to slap on sunscreen and head to the beach, real estate professionals are gearing up for the busiest season of the year. Between running around town to meet clients, staying up late to finish that last minute listing presentation and trying to mark off tasks on your personal agenda, forget sunburn, you are just burned out.
Finding a healthy balance between your personal and work schedules is a big part of living a happy life. While the busy season will offer you more opportunities to make money, it’s important that you get the chance to enjoy the sunny summer weather by setting aside some time for a little R&R. Here are three stress-relieving tips to keep your cool during the busy summer season!
1. Prioritize Your Personal Goals
Don’t let achieving your personal goals fall to the wayside as you pursue your goals as an agent. This can definitely be challenging during the summer season because you have your “eye on the prize” and everyone wants to move before school starts again. But what happens when the workday comes to a close?
You‘ll be thinking about all of the personal things you wanted to do, but won’t have the time or energy to make them happen. One of the benefits of being in the real estate industry is that you can make your own schedule to a certain degree, so start taking advantage of it and putting yourself before your work. Set aside a little extra time each day to work towards what you want out of life. You’ll start to realize that all the built up stress from work tends to fade away.
2. Technology is Your Friend
Do you still embrace the “old-school” way of running a real estate business? It’s 2015 and it’s time to put down the pen and paper and start getting automated. Even if you’re not tech-savvy, there are so many easy-to-use tools out there that can do a lot of tedious work for you.
Automating your workflow will break the chains between you and the time consuming tasks that take up large chunks of your day. For instance, if staying active on social media is one of your most time consuming tasks, tools like Homes.com Social can handle the work for you so you can focus on other areas of your business. Regardless of which aspects of your business you decide to create a system for, it’s going to free up some of your time and keep you from overworking yourself all summer.
3. It’s Your Business – Run it Your Way
Your clients may be the key to making money, but they shouldn’t determine how you operate. Be honest and explain that although you are there to help them through every step of the home buying process, you won’t be available every time they need something. Share things like how you prefer to be contacted, your normal working hours and any dates that you already know that you’ll be unavailable down the road.
Clients know that you have a life outside of real estate and they will appreciate you being upfront with them about it. This will minimize the number of calls you receive when you’re supposed to be spending time with your family or just doing things for yourself. Knowing that your clients have everything they need before you clock out for the day will also put your mind at ease and you’ll be able to truly enjoy your time out of the office.
Even though the summer season will be busy, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it! Use these tips to avoid overworking yourself and eliminate some of the stress that usually comes around this time of year. Homes.com offers plenty of tools that can streamline your business operations and allow you to do more of the things you enjoy outside of work