Real estate agents have so much to do and only so much time to do it. How can you manage conflicting time crunches while still maintaining the quality of your work? Today, we’ll look at six ways you can make time in your day successfully.
1. Remind yourself of your priorities
As a busy agent, it can be easy to miss the forest for the trees. You have so many responsibilities and things to do that you can sometimes feel lost and overwhelmed. That’s why every day, you should remind yourself why you became an agent in the first place: to help people achieve their dreams of home ownership.
Whether that means helping Buyers purchase their first homes, guiding Sellers through their first home sale, or working with grizzled home ownership veterans to make their next big move, you’re here to help. Even when the noise of negotiations and contract disputes rise, it’s important to remind yourself of your duty to help.
Having the right mind-set can reenergize you and help you prioritize your work. When you prioritize properly, you can tackle your responsibilities more efficiently. When you’re more efficient, you make time.
2. Determine which times and days you work best
We all have certain times and days when we’re at our best. For some, it’s very early in the morning early in the week. For others, it’s the middle of the day in the middle of the week. To make time, you must know which times work best for you.
This doesn’t mean that you should only work during those times, of course. But knowing the times when you feel most effective can help you prioritize your activities. That way, you can work on your most important work during those times and save less important or easier work for other times.
As you identify when you work best, remember that your Buyers and Sellers may need you at times when you may not feel you’re at your best. To fight through this issue, remind yourself that your goal is to help achieve their dreams of home ownership. Thus can give you the motivation to keep going and complete your tasks, which makes for more time in the future.
3. Make a schedule and stick to it
Because your job is to help as many of your clients as possible, it can be easy to say “yes” to every request. While doing so is noble, it can also bog your work flow down.
Create a weekly, monthly, and yearly schedule to help you stay focused. For example, you might schedule yourself to complete email and phone callbacks on a specific day of the week.
4. Keep a log of your work and priorities
Writing things down consistently helps you stay organized. Even better, logging where you are in the process with each of your clients and prospects can help you focus your energy on what’s most important. While every client is important, figuring out which actions you must take to help them all reach their goals requires honesty and discipline on your part.
For example, if you log your work and priorities, you may find conflicts among clients more easily. Client A may be in the final stages of closing while Client B wants to have an introductory meeting at the same time. Knowing this ahead of time can help you schedule more accurately and determine how you’ll manage to serve both clients well.
5. Minimize distractions (especially on social media)
It’s important to stay in touch with your clients on social media. But it’s extremely easy to lose yourself in the never-ending stream of information online. Consider reserving a specific chunk of time to connect with your clients and prospects online.
Blocking time thoughtfully every day lets you use that time efficiently. Avoid the temptation of simply reacting to stimuli. While it’s important to be nimble, having a sense of structure in your work is a much more scalable strategy for success.
6. Partner with 2-10 HBW
When you partner with 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty (2-10 HBW), you can free up time by letting us handle systems and appliances breakdowns among your clients.
Buyers and Sellers are likely to contact you when things don’t go according to plan in their homes. Instead of fielding calls about what to do when the fridge breaks down or the air conditioning isn’t cold, your clients can contact us to answer those questions. That frees up valuable time for you to help clients by doing what you do best.
2-10 HBW offers comprehensive systems and appliances home warranties to help protect your clients from unexpected repair and replacement costs. Contact us to learn more.