How to find a work/life balance in real estate.
Being in real estate can be demanding. The more clients you have, the busier you get. Since most of your clients will only be available to look at properties in the evenings and weekends, it can feel as if you work around the clock. Even though you love your job, do you ever get a minute to catch your breath? A healthy work/life balance is important for succeeding in your career and maintaining your health and relationships. Here are a few ways to improve your balance.
- Be realistic in your expectations.
Although real estate agents are expected to work weekends and even holidays, a healthy work/life balance is achievable. However, it’s important to go into this with realistic goals. If you aim to be one of the top real estate agents in your city, this will require much of your time and energy, meaning you’ll sacrifice time with your family and friends. Consider taking on fewer clients and relax your expectations to get a feel of what you can realistically cut back on.
- Take a couple of days off each week.
Resolve to take at least two days off per week – no matter what. You deserve a mental health break and a chance to catch your breath. Ideally, these days should be when you aren’t as active with clients. When you do take this time off, make sure you enjoy yourself! This means not replying to emails and turning off your phone if you’re tempted to check in with clients.
- Stop your workday at a dedicated time every day.
It’s easy to spend all evening responding to emails and answering client questions, but draw boundaries so that you have time off. When you initially meet with clients, let them know that unless it’s an emergency, you don’t typically respond to emails or phone calls after a certain time, say 5 or 6 p.m. As long as you return their phone calls and emails in a reasonable time frame, clients should have no issue with this.
These tips can help you to become a better, more efficient real estate agent. When you’re looking for more tips and advice about the industry, talk to the experts at Dean Rathbun. We have the right resources for your needs.