Many real estate agents feel the more they work, the more successful they’ll be. They work, work, work—without a break—from early in the morning until late at night, just trying to get ahead. However, studies show that all work and no play can have damaging effects on your health, deplete your energy and leave you feeling frustrated and burned out. Soon, you’re no longer productive; you’re just going through the motions trying to complete your tasks each day. Although it seems counterintuitive, if you want to be more productive, you must take breaks to recharge your energy stores. Continue reading
Have you ever gone home at the end of the day, wondering where the time went and frustrated because you barely made a dent in your to-do list? It’s happened to all of us at one point or another. The secret to having a more productive day isn’t to create more to-do lists or to start earlier or to give up dinner with your family so you can work more. Instead, it’s much simpler than that—it all boils down to scheduling your day. Sure, it doesn’t sound high-tech or fancy, but this one single change will help you get more done each day so you can be more successful. Continue reading
Many of us wish that we had an extra hour or two built into each day so that we can get more done. While it’s impossible to add more time to the day, with careful planning, we can boost our productivity and get more done during the hours we have. Here are 4 ways to maximize your productivity, and how Referral Maker® CRM can help. Continue reading
The studies prove it: People who take breaks and take time off are more productive than workaholics. Specifically, a study out of Stanford University found that productivity maxes out at 50 hours per week and drops off dramatically afterwards. People who work 70 hours a week get the same amount done as people who work much less. So, while you may think that you’ll reach success sooner the more hours you put in each week with your nose to the grindstone, in reality, you’re wasting your time if you work more than 50 hours.
1. Breaks energize the mind and body. The most successful people understand that breaks are essential to energize their bodies, rest their brains and work most effectively and efficiently. Breaks allow them to approach challenges with a fresh perspective and tackle their regular lead generating tasks with renewed vigor.
2. Breaks allow time to reflect on challenges. How many times have you faced a challenge and felt frustrated because you couldn’t find a way to work around it or overcome it. This frustration often stems from not stepping back to ruminate on the problem for a bit. While you’re resting, running or focusing your attention on something else, your brain is busy working out solutions to the obstacle or problem. When you turn your attention back to it, you’ll do so with a fresh perspective and more energy.
3. Breaks allow you to prioritize your time. Prioritizing is essential to attaining success. It allows you to focus only on the tasks that drive your business, while also helping you spend time with the people and activities that mean the most to you. Many people who are overworked complain that they don’t see their families enough or they don’t have time for the hobbies they used to enjoy. Taking breaks and prioritizing your day allow you to reach your goals without sacrificing the time you’d like to devote to your loved ones and friends and the activities that renew and refresh you.
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Want to take control of your time and get more done? Create a routine. A routine is defined as “a prescribed, detailed course of action to be followed regularly.” Now, that doesn’t sound very exciting, but no matter how spontaneous we like to think we are, we’re creatures of habit and routine. You may say, “I could never follow a routine! I thrive on spontaneity and doing something different every day!” The reality is, you probably follow a routine and don’t even know it. Chances are you brush your teeth the same way every day, put on your pants with the same leg first, etc.
Getting into a good routine can help you stay on track to reach your goals and achieve success. Here’s how to establish a routine that will help you succeed. Continue reading
We’ve all had those weeks where we feel overwhelmed by everything that’s being thrown at us. We’re barely able to make a dent in the daily to-do list because phone calls and urgent matters keep popping up. It’s so busy that we can’t even remember the last time we ate lunch, making us overwhelmed and hungry by the time 2pm rolls around. We leave the office later and later, feeling like a failure because we think we achieved nothing that day. Stop the madness! It’s possible to complete the tasks on your list and deal with the urgent stuff that comes up—it’s all about prioritizing. Continue reading
The most successful business professionals have honed productive routines for their mornings, afternoons and evenings. This doesn’t mean that they’re making calls or working well into the evening; rather, they set aside time to recharge their batteries and reconnect with what’s important to them. Here are five habits to add to your evening routine. Continue reading
Many of us became real estate professionals because we wanted to be our own bosses. However, the downside of being your own boss is that you may become the most difficult person to manage. Your success becomes dependent upon the choices you make each day, and if you make the wrong choices or foster the wrong habits, it can impede your progress. Here are three ways to make managing yourself easier. Continue reading
Many of us want to adopt better habits, but find that our progress goes out the window in times of stress. In this clip from BuffiniTV, Brian Buffini shares the science of habit and offers tips to help you change your habits for good. Continue reading
Many of us want to be more productive, but our morning routines keep us from reaching our full potential. We hit snooze five times before we roll out of bed, shove donuts in our mouths as we stumble into our cars and spend our mornings trying to get organized. Flip the script in the new year by following these tips to help you start your day right. Continue reading