Real estate is a 24/7 business and some agents don’t really have days off. There are probably times when it feels like you don’t set your schedule—your clients do! And in those cases, they expect you to be available whenever they need you. In general, real estate agents are goal-minded people, but that entrepreneurial mindset can make it difficult to balance work and family life. Impressive sales figures and career milestones are admirable goals, but don’t let them be your only sources of happiness and fulfillment in life!
If you feel your days have gotten a little heavy on the work side of the work-life balance scale, try implementing the following solutions.
Set boundaries for your time and attention. While it’s true that many agents make themselves available to their clients 24/7, you have to make time for yourself and your loved ones, too. Communicate your “office” hours to your clients and stick to them, even if you work from home! Set aside a day to spend with your favorite people on a regular basis. On that day, treat those people like they are your VIP clients: drop everything, give them your undivided attention, and just enjoy your time away from work obligations.
Make plans in advance to avoid the frustration of having to cancel at the last minute. Your friends and family with typical desk jobs probably don’t understand what it’s like to be constantly on the clock, ready to answer the phone at any moment. Ask your social circle for advance notice for all events to give you time to plan your schedule. Explain that your lack of spontaneity comes with the job and your calendar fills up quickly. Use a calendar app to organize both your social and business schedule to avoid double-booking events.
Create a time management system and delegate tasks. Hard workers are notoriously bad at delegating. But trying to take everything on by yourself can be a huge time waster, not to mention the effect it has on your wellbeing! If you enjoy doing business as a one-person operation, consider hiring an administrative assistant or check out virtual assistant service packages to help you maximize your time. If you’re not opposed to expanding into a business partnership, look into teaming up with other successful independent agents in your area.
As the saying goes, you can always make more money, but you can’t make more time. Learning to prioritize your career aspirations with your personal life can set you on the path to being a happier agent and a happier person.