In most careers, time is money. There are only 24 hours in a day, so you need to use them as efficiently as possible to succeed. That can be difficult in a fast-paced, constantly changing industry like real estate.
But if you plan and stay focused on your financial and personal goals, you’ll accomplish more than you thought you could, increase your income, and achieve a healthy work-life balance.
The best way to stay on course is to manage your time better. You don’t have to account for every second to the point where you have zero flexibility. But you’ll want to make sure you at least prioritize your most important tasks.
Suppose you struggle to organize your day but want to learn how. We’re here to help. Below, we’re sharing five tips for improving your time management skills. And this read will be worth your time!
Start with a Good Foundation
If you don’t take care of yourself, you’ll be less efficient, make mistakes, perform poorly, or lose out on potential income opportunities. Taking care of your physical and mental health gives you a good foundation for each day. So, watch what you eat, get enough sleep and take time for yourself.
Build a Block Schedule
Think about your day as a collection of several blocks of time. When you schedule your day, build your entire day out as “blocks” of time organized for home life, hobbies, and work. Then, stick to it.
But don’t just block out your day. Do it for your entire week. That way, you don’t feel like you must shoehorn everything into just one or two days. If possible, allot certain days for specific activities.
For example, open houses are only on Tuesdays and Saturdays, writing home listings is done on Wednesdays, and connecting with key referral partners happens on Thursdays.
Stay Offline When You Can
Surfing the Internet is an easy way to lose time – lots of it. So, when you’re on social media posting your home listings or other content to boost lead generation, don’t go down a rabbit hole we all know social media can be.
Find tools that will help you automate your online processes, like scheduling posts to automatically publish when you want them to. Also, schedule time to check email throughout the day, instead of giving in to notifications and being in and out of your inbox all day.
Make Meetings Efficient
Meetings are necessary. Well, most of them are. But even the important ones can take up way more time than they need to. We’re sure you agree.
One way to better manage your time – and others’ – is to make sure meetings start on time, cover only the agenda items, and end on time. That doesn’t mean they have to be boring or that you can’t discuss necessary material. Just try to keep things on track – especially if you’re the leader of the meeting.
It’s not rude to end a meeting on time. In fact, it’s an excellent way to respect your colleagues’ time and help them manage it, too. Keeping meetings to 30 minutes is a good best practice to follow. If what you need to discuss will take longer than that, think about scheduling a follow-up discussion later – and only with those who HAVE to be there.
Build in Breaks
Everyone needs a break. But your day often gets so hectic that there doesn’t seem to be time to eat lunch, run to the bathroom or take a breath. Sometimes, the only way to ensure you take a break is to schedule one. And, there’s nothing wrong with that.
As you create your schedule blocks, look for opportunities where you can work in a couple short breaks to refresh. Take a quick stroll outside, visit with a co-worker or grab a cup of coffee. You deserve it.
It might seem counter-productive to purposely NOT do work. But just tell yourself that taking breaks is OK because it’s part of your schedule and because if you don’t take a few minutes to yourself, your work quality will suffer, and you’ll burn out quickly.
So, as you look to be as productive as possible while not running yourself ragged, we hope these tips will help. It’s time to stay on track by managing your most important asset – your time.
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