Real estate isn’t a 9-to-5 job. Between evening and weekend showings, 24/7 client communications, staying active on social media, and ongoing education, it’s easy to let your career take over your life.
You will be happier and more successful if you can maintain a healthy work-life balance. Here are five strategies to consider to help you thrive on and off the clock.
Block Off Important Times
You wouldn’t interrupt a listing appointment, would you? Treat your personal obligations with the same respect. Block off important times and don’t answer emails, calls, or texts during them. Using an automatic reply or do-not-disturb setting can help set expectations. Consider adopting a nightly curfew for all work communications.
Commit to Work or Play
If you are working, work. Do not waste time. If you are relaxing, relax. Spend time with family or friends. Do your best to not think about work. Feeling unable to disconnect undermines work-life balance.
Whether working at home or in the office, set up dedicated workspaces where you can be productive. Do not work in places that have other established uses, such as a kitchen table or couch. Having a place to do work—and a routine of working hard in that place—will help keep you focused.
Pay Yourself Back
If you worked over the weekend, make time for yourself during the week. If you attended a child’s school event during the day, work later the next day.
Overall Balance is the Goal
You may not achieve work-life balance on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis. Some busy times may last for weeks. Other times may be very light. Remember that balance is about handling your various obligations in a sustainable way over the long term.