To be truly successful in real estate, or any industry for that matter, you will need to learn the art of balance. If you've studied the concept of time, you know that time is relative to the perceiver. And to some us, it feels like time moves much faster than others. It's safe to assume that some people joined this business because they could work on their own time...but are being overwhelmed by how much time it actually takes.
Time Management Tips for Real Estate Agents
What do you do if you are on your way to hand the keys off to a home seller you just closed a transaction with...but a home buyer walks through your door with cash in hand ready to buy a luxury home? It's an extreme example, but below we will give you a few tips on how to properly organize your day, week, month, year, or however detailed you want to go into your schedule.
1. Create Time Blocks
Block out your day! You can leave a little breathing room for yourself if you are a "go with the flow" type of person, and leave space for freestyle. There are some important tasks that real estate agents will sometimes ignore because they don't have time for it. If you block out 10-minutes of your day every day for your online marketing efforts, you'll have an hour dedicated to attracting more leads to your site!
2. Prioritize Tasks
Go through your list of important tasks to complete this week, and prioritize them from High, Medium, and Low. To add onto the time block strategy, create blocks for different priorities. Complete all the high priority tasks when you are fully invested in your work, instead of in the beginning of the day before you've had your coffee.
3. Set a Specific Time to Check Emails
Another way to rephrase this strategy is "Eliminate Distractions". Of course emails are important...but you know what? They will still be there 2 hours from now, after you increase your sphere of influence by hosting an open house. Read and respond to your emails in blocks as well, you will thank us for it.
4. Automate Some Tasks
A great way to assist with time management is by removing a few tasks from your schedules. One of the most time consuming aspects of real estate lead nurturing is responding to all those emails! With Zurple, we automate the lead follow up for you. Leads are responded in a way that sounds like you are sending them yourself. Our software intelligently monitors their behavior, and when we see they are ready to take the next step in the home buying process and speak to an agent...that is when we will alert you of that lead.