Updated: Nov 13, 2019
When Thomas Paine wrote “These are times that test men’s souls” he intended to encourage troops to continue the fight for freedom during the Revolutionary War.
If you’ve been in real estate at least one year, you, too are probably feeling “tested” by clients, your lack of time off, and the broken promise of “setting your own schedule” that lured you to this career. Here are three things you should do before you desert your dream career:
Set Boundaries with Clients and Agents. You do not have to be available every minute of every day. Answer emails at scheduled times, not as soon as they come in. Tell them that you go to pub trivia on Tuesdays or have book club on Thursdays and are unavailable, but will answer emails the next morning.
Schedule Days Off and Vacations. Why do real estate agents think they have to work 24/7 and through all holidays? There is nothing wrong with taking time off. Get coverage. Go camping. Enjoy the holidays with your family.
Control your Email and Text Messages. You are working all the time, right? Driving to showings and/or listing appointments all day then hopping on email, calls, and text messages all night becomes tedious. Try setting automatic replies to texting when you are driving, “I am driving right now, will respond later.” For emails, let your clients and other agents know that you will respond soon, when you are in front of a computer. Not all emails and texts are priorities.
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