When business gets hectic, you have to ask yourself: Are you truly productive or just busy? Often, we mistake busyness for productivity. Just because your day is filled with activity doesn’t mean you’re getting the most out of your time. Instead of wishing for an extra hour or two in each day, take control of your time and boost your productivity.
Set goals. Goals are critical to business success. They give you a target to aim for to help you streamline your focus. Set ambitious goals and then create smaller milestones to reach along the way. As you achieve milestones, you’ll become much closer to achieving your goals. Did you know that Referral Maker CRM can help you set goals for your business and other areas of your life as well? It’s true! You can set and track your goals all in one spot.
Prioritize your day. When your priorities are set, you know what you need to get done during the day. Many of us create to-do lists, only to grow frustrated when we can’t seem to cross anything off. We get distracted by everything else that arises during the day and put off the tasks that truly drive our businesses. Instead of spending time handling the fires that arise or less important time-consuming tasks, prioritizing your day gives the tasks of top importance the attention they deserve. Select the top one or two activities that have to get done each day, then once those are finished, move on to the next most important tasks. Referral Maker CRM can help you prioritize your tasks, relationships and your day overall.
Block out your day. One of the biggest complaints people have is they don’t have enough time to focus on the important tasks. Time blocking allows you to carve out that time. Block out 60- to 90-minute chunks of time throughout your day and add 15- to 20-minute breaks in-between each block. Dedicate one task per time block to ensure you complete your top priorities of the day. The break times will help your brain to relax so you can focus on the next task.
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Have you ever exclaimed, “I wish there were more hours in the day!”? As the spring selling season moves into summer, you may find your schedule is booked up with client meetings and listing appointments, in addition to your regular tasks, from lead generation to ensuring transactions stay on track. Although there’s no way to add more hours to the day when you need them, there are three approaches to time-management that can help you get more out of the hours you do have. Continue reading
Are you truly productive or just busy? If you’re like most people, you may confuse the two. As a small business owner, you’re to-do list is always growing. While you may feel you’re getting a lot done when you cross things off the list, you may not be as productive as you wish. Productivity is finishing the most important tasks of the day, no matter what. Often, we get caught up doing the less important, time-consuming tasks; this prevents us from doing the tasks that drive our businesses. If you want to be more productive each day, here’s how to start: Continue reading
Do you find it challenging to complete your daily lead generating activities each day? You’re not alone. It’s easy to become so wrapped up in the activities of the day that you don’t get around to completing your lead generation. However, since it’s the bread-and-butter of your business, it’s vital to make lead generation a top priority. Here’s how to ensure you get it done: Continue reading
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
Pour a cup of coffee or tea and take a 15 minute break to clear your head and refocus.
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
Breaks can help you boost your productivity. Clear your head and get outside today.
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
Follow these steps to reclaim your time.
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
Make time for breakfast and use it as time to touch base with your family.
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