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What’s the Time? It’s Time to Take a Break!

Time off is good for your health and good for your business.

Time off is good for your health and good for your business.

You’ve worked hard all year—it’s time to take break. Although it sounds contrary, breaks are essential to maintaining your productivity. Many agents work hard all the time, only to burnout after a while. However, the most productive agents not only work hard, they also take time off to rest and recharge. In the end, taking breaks not only benefits your mind, it benefits your business as well.

Recharge your mind and spirit. There is merit to working hard; however, when you constantly work for an extended period of time you may begin to feel frustrated, tired and overworked. You may also find it difficult to focus on your daily activities, causing you compromise the service you offer to your clients.

A break allows your mind and attention to focus on something other than the business. It’s your time to recharge your internal battery and increase your energy and motivation.

Become more effective as a professional. Taking breaks gives you the opportunity to step back and remember why you got into the business in the first place. Reconnecting with your ‘why’ increases your motivation and allows you to serve your clients better while offering your best self to your business.

Look at your business with new eyes. When you take a break from your business, you’re able to look upon your business and any challenges you may be facing from a new perspective. And since you’re recharging your mind and spirit, you’re better prepared to solve your challenges with enthusiasm.

The holidays aren’t the only time of the year to take a break. Use Referral Maker® CRM to help you schedule several breaks throughout the year. This will help to ensure your productivity and keep your motivation high. Visit ReferralMaker.com for more information.

Why Taking Breaks Makes You More Productive

Boost your productivity with a quick break.

Boost your productivity with a quick break.

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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How to Prevent End-of-the-Year Burnout

Want to prevent year-end burnout? Take time to stop and smell the coffee.

Want to prevent year-end burnout? Take time to stop and smell the coffee.

Although burnout can occur at any time, many real estate professionals tend to experience it the most toward the end of the year. Think about it: You’ve been going strong—charging hard—all year doing the daily activities that are necessary for your business to thrive. Maybe you put off your annual vacation so that you could close a few more deals. Or, maybe something happened that caused you to veer off track in the pursuit of your goals and you’ve been working hard to get back on track. While your hard work may have resulted in more business, it also may have left you tired and burned out. Continue reading

How to Take a Vacation

Take a vacation! Your productivity depends on it.

Take a vacation! Your productivity depends on it.

It’s the middle of summer; have you taken your vacation yet? Taking time off is essential to recharge your batteries and help you maintain your commitment to your productivity and goals. Just as you need to take a break during your workday to refocus your mind, taking time off—whether it’s a long weekend or month-long trip overseas—can do wonders to refresh your spirit and help you see the big picture. Continue reading