Wouldn’t it be great to spend all of your evenings and weekends with friends and family? How awesome would it be to take four, five or even six vacations per year?
But as a busy real estate professional, how can you really take that much time away from work?
Tony Ray Baker found a way.
Baker is 25 years into his real estate career, and he’s still loving every minute of it. He doesn’t get burned out on work because he has excellent work-life balance.
Even with a flexible schedule that allows him to take six vacations per year, he pulls in close to $300,000 in annual net profit.
Listen to my interview with Baker to find out how. For tips on improving your work-life balance, read on.
3 tips for improving work-life balance
To achieve optimal work-life balance, you must learn to manage time. Here are a few things you can start doing today to immediately improve your time-management skills:
1. Keep a regular schedule
Lots of real estate agents enjoy working flexible hours, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If your schedule is too lax, however, you’ll likely fall behind on important tasks.
To ensure that you’re always on top of work responsibilities, try to set and maintain a work schedule that gives you plenty of opportunities to get things done ahead of time. This alone can really reduce work-related stress.
2. Utilize productivity tools
There are a number of productivity tools out there that can be great time-savers for real estate agents. Some of the most commonly used ones are task-management services.
Asana, for instance, is great for organizing tasks and ensuring that you’re on track toward hitting deadlines. If you only need simple project-management functionality, you can use the basic plan for free.
Other productivity services, like Trello and Monday, offer similar features, so don’t feel like you’re stuck if you’re not happy with the first service you try.
3. Get some help
Over the course of the average workday, agents complete a wide variety of tasks. Many of these tasks could (and likely should) be outsourced.
For example, while agents can create their own marketing materials, wouldn’t it be a better use of their time to prospect or work on existing clients’ deals?
Thanks to services like Upwork and Fiverr, it’s easy to find affordable designers, virtual assistants and more.
Instead of trying to do everything on your own, get some help so that you can focus on the tasks that really matter and you are able to free up some much-deserved personal time.
You might feel like you’re getting ahead by working constantly, but you might actually be setting yourself up for failure. Working too hard for too long is a recipe for occupational burnout.
As an agent with a promising career, burnout is the last thing you want. Although it might sound strange, spending less time working can actually be better for your business in the long run.
For more tips on finding perfect work-life balance, listen to my podcast interview with Tony Ray Baker.
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Pat Hiban sold more than 7,000 homes over the course of his 25-year career in real estate. Now, he dedicates his time to helping others succeed as agents and investors. As host of the Real Estate Rockstars Podcast, Pat interviews real estate experts to explore what works in today’s markets. He also founded Rebus University, an online training platform for real estate agents and sales professionals.