Many agents work tirelessly, often skipping lunch and staying late, to check off all the boxes on the day’s to-do list. They repeat the cycle day in and day out for weeks at a time and then wonder why they’re feeling burned out and tired all the time. They may also wonder why they’re not seeing results. The more you work the better the results you’ll have, right? Not so much. The key to productivity isn’t working more; it’s being smarter with the hours you have. It’s about creating structure, delegating tasks and embracing the word “no” all to help you manage your energy so you can give your clients the best service you offer. Continue reading
The first quarter is the ideal time to generate a large share of your leads for the year. Why? Your motivation is high, your clients are starting to think about getting involved in the housing market and you’re still feeling social from the holidays. When you work by referral, generating leads is a social process which puts you in contact with your favorite clients. Here are a few tips to help you optimize the process this quarter. Continue reading
All work and no play turns most people into cranky, burned out shells of themselves. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. However, studies show that not taking breaks throughout your day can negatively impact your productivity as well as your overall health and well-being. If you’ve ever felt burned out or tired or frustrated from working all the time, it’s time to take a break. Here are four types of breaks to plan for in your schedule. Continue reading
Who do you think is more productive—the person who works tirelessly every second of the day, putting in overtime and sacrificing lunches and personal time to plow through their to-do lists OR the person who breaks up the day strategically, follows a prioritized list and takes frequent breaks to refocus? While we may say that the first person wins this round, research shows that nose-to-the-grindstone workaholics actually get less done during the day. Why, you ask? It’s simple—their brains are fried. The average mind can only focus for so long and when you’re firing on all cylinders, those cylinders are sure to wear out, leaving you feeling burned out, frustrated and angry (and who can get anything done when they feel like that?) It’s about working smarter, not harder. Here are several ways to start working smarter today. Continue reading
If you’ve ever uttered the phrase, “Where did the day go?” and felt as if you completed nothing on your list, time tracking may be for you. Time tracking gives you an overview of how you’re spending your day so that you can see what tasks and activities are eating up most of your time. It helps you to pinpoint areas where you could be more efficient and delegate tasks to your assistant. 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
We’re all guilty of falling into the common work trap: In order to be successful, you have to work hard all the time. Forget sleep, hobbies and even your family—if you want to run a successful business, it’s work, work, work from here on out. And, if you followed this path, it probably left you feeling burned out and frustrated. While it’s vital to work hard, it’s also important to realize that your time, energy and resources are valuable. Here’s how to work smarter: Continue reading
Many people struggle with punctuality. Being late once or twice happens to all of us; however, if you’re constantly late, it can damage your reputation as a professional, as it makes the other person feel as if you don’t respect their time. This isn’t the impression you want to leave with current and potential clients or even friends and loved ones. Although it may be difficult at first, with practice you can adjust your habits and learn to be more punctual. Improve your ability to be on-time with these tips: Continue reading
Take a look at your calendar. If you’re like most agents, you take it day by day. Or, perhaps you’re a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of agent who doesn’t plan your day. However, when emergencies spring up or conflicting events or activities occur, how do you manage it?
Planning takes the headache out of the unexpected because you’re accounting for what you can control. This gives you more overall control of your day and helps you to deal with the unexpected with aplomb. Continue reading
Productivity check: How do you feel at the end of a typical day?
A.) I feel awesome! I’ve checked everything, or nearly everything, off my to-do list and I feel super-duper!
B.) Totally drained. I feel like I haven’t gotten anything done—I spent most of the day putting out fires, and I would give anything for a nap.
If you’re like many agents, you may fall into category B. Although you would love to feel like you had a really productive day, little tasks always pop up during the day, causing you to shift your focus from the activities that matter the most to your business to putting out fires.
How you spend your time is often the difference between struggle and success. You can improve your chances for success by restructuring your day to boost your productivity. Continue reading