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9 Real Estate Tips to Help You Avoid Summertime Stress

Posted by Jessica Schweppe

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May 25, 2015 8:00:00 AM

avoid-summer-stressThe kids are out of school, the days are getting longer and hotter and you're busy as all get out. So how do you keep your wits about you through the summertime rush? Incorporate these sanity-saving tips into your day-to-day life:

11 Real Estate Tips to Help You Avoid Summertime Stress:

  1. Stay Organized:

    One of the biggest challenges agents and brokers face when things get busy is staying organized. It's easy to end up in a situation where you have an important conversation, then immediately get pulled into another meeting or appointment before you have time to process the information you just got. Make sure you keep a notepad with you at all times, have a handy app you can use to jot down notes or record frequent voice memos so you have a point of reference to go back to at the end of the day that will help you recap all the information and build a to-do list. 

  2. Take Charge:

    Being your own boss is great in a lot of respects because it gives you a ton of freedom - which can be fantastic if you're driven and organized but can be a huge downfall if you start to lose sight of your end goal. Keep yourself busy and schedule out your day just like you would if you were working in a corporate job where you had to be accountable to higher-ups. Doing so will not only keep you motivated, it will also give you the work with more clients, which ultimately means generating more commissions. 

  3. Let Deadlines Drive You:

    Many people find that the busier they are, the more productive they are because deadlines drive productivity. When you are your own boss, it can be harder to stick to deadlines because you're really only accountable to yourself. To help you stay deadline driven, tell a friend or family what your deadlines are for various projects to help keep yourself on track. The caveat here is to make sure you're realistic when setting deadlines, being too aggressive and not taking the "real time" you'll have to spend on each project into careful consideration can cause you to frequently miss your own deadlines and it can be disheartening. 

  4. Use Productivity Tools:

    There are literally hundreds of productivity apps and time management tools you can use to maximize your office hours, streamline open houses and automate tedious processes. Use them!

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  5. Don't Be Afraid to Say No:

    So many of us are "yes" people. When someone asks you for a favor or to attend an event, you feel bad saying yes even when you know you really can't handle much else. When life gets crazy, you need to be willing and able to say no to additional commitments. If you're beat and a friend asks you for help on a project, say "Sorry, but I've got a ton on my plate right now." You aren't a bad friend, you're just looking out for your own well being. 

  6. Be Positive:

    One of the biggest assets to your success (or deterrents of it) is your mindset. A positive mindset can go a long way towards helping you stay motivated, organized and seeking your goals - and a negative one can really drag you down. Make it a focus to stay positive as often as possible. If you struggle with this one, set reminders for yourself to do a perspective check from time to time. 

  7. Ask for Help:

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but sometimes you just can't do it all. If you're completely overwhelmed and feel like you can't catch up no matter how hard you try, don't be afraid to ask for help. There's no shame in it and the outcome will be far better with someone on your side than it will be if you let things slide and your business pays the price. If you're having a success problem and being behind is no longer a seasonal issue, consider hiring a real estate assistant to help out with day-to-day operations. 

  8. Take Care of Yourself:

    No matter how busy you get, don't neglect your health. Eat well, exercise and make your well being your top priority. If you let yourself get run down, the consequences will be far worse than if you prioritize your health and fitness as a routine part of your schedule. 

  9. Tackle One Project at a Time:

    In today's notification-heavy landscape, we're seeing pop ups and hearing beeps and buzzes letting us know something or someone needs our attention on a nearly constant basis. When it's time to focus on getting things done - hide your distractions from yourself. Close your email, turn off your phone, put in headphones - even lock the door if you have to. Spend a small chunk of uninterrupted time on a project and you'll be surprised at just how quickly and efficiently you can get things done. 

Incorporate these 11 tips into your day-to-day routine and enjoy a super-productive, stress free summer sales rush!

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