We all love the idea of achieving that elusive work-life balance but how many of us can say we’ve actually done it? Is it even possible? It always seems like once our focus shifts to one or the other, the other one inevitably suffers (and let’s be real. It’s almost always our personal life that suffers at the grip of the demands of our work life).
So, how can you juggle the demands of your clients, the real estate industry and your personal life without causing even more stress? Below are my 6 tips to get you started on achieving that work-life balance.
Let Technology be your Servant, Not your Master
I know we rely too much on technology and it has made us constantly available blah blah blah but this is the world we live in today and we have no choice but to adjust and adapt.
To be completely frank my Apple watch has been an absolute life saver. This little device means I am no longer tethered to my phone and has finally allowed me to live more in the moment during my down time. I’m able to easily check if a message is urgent with a quick glance at my wrist and not constantly have one eye and both hands on the screen of my work phone. As a realtor, you know this is HUGE.
Do Not Disturb
In most business but especially in Real Estate, you are expected to be available at all times. In order to establish boundaries and designate off-time with my clients and colleagues, I don’t check e-mails or answer phone calls after 10PM. I know, I know, this sounds oddly late but, in this business, where we are constantly expected to stay on top of inquiries and taking the very best care of our clients, drawing this boundary was a huge accomplishment in and of itself.
To achieve a balance between your personal and your professional, you need to set boundaries! These boundaries are not just for your client and colleagues but they are for yourself. Most importantly, you need to stick to them because without them, you will always be at the mercy of your work life and you will never be not working.
Take a Deep Breath and Say it with Me: You Can’t Control Everything
Learning to “let go” and let be is one of the hardest lessons and things you can do in any industry. Admitting when things are out of your control and that you’ve done your very best with what you can control is sometimes all you can do.
There is only so much you can do when buying and selling a home, at some point, things are out of your control. Accepting this is one of the biggest steps to attaining a work-life balance.
Worrying Means You Suffer Twice
Nothing ever got accomplished by worrying. Spending time stressing over things you cannot control (see point 3!) means you are spending time and energy on something that is ultimately out of your hands. Learn to calm what you can’t control and focus your energy on what you can.
Put Everything in your Calendar! Everything. Single. Thing.
One of the tricks I’ve found works to ensure I actually carve time out in my schedule for “me time” is I ensure “me time” is in my schedule! Sometimes, it really is that simple. In the chaos that can take over an agent, scheduling your relaxation time really is a thing.
Scheduling everything from workouts, walks, organization days, and social events and sticking to the schedule — treating them like work appointments is important. You need to make time for you and putting your me time in your calendar is just another way to ensure that you do get that time.
Putting an Ocean Between Me and Work
When it comes to vacation, I’ve found the best way I’ve been able to really relax and disconnect from work is by taking time off outside of my province or country. Now, I know this isn’t always an option, but putting an ocean between me and work is sometimes what it takes to let go and really let myself have a vacation. Removing myself from my time zone to a new place or culture allows me to turn off my work mindset and really embrace vacation mode. Having time to decompress and really relax and rest is so important for our overall health and wellness in this crazy business.
Do you have any tips or tricks on achieving a work-life balance? I’d love to hear what’s worked for you in the past and what you’re trying out now!