5 time-management tips for real estate agents.

Some days in real estate, I feel can be stressful Days that you know you have two marketing pieces that need to be approved, a morning meeting with the team, a luncheon with the title company, showings with new clients, follow up on client documents, receipts etc — follow up for paying monthly installment, follow up to close maybe a pending deal , follow up.

How do you handle all of it?

Here are a few things to currently use in your real estate practice.

1. Work Life Balance with a to do list of Important things in life.

Every Realtor has a life outside work, make sure you plan and work from a today list , from Prayers time in the morning, to meditations, exercise, family bonding time, School runs, take your kids to school, work hours, off work hours , rest time, personal development time, site inspection time, social media time, team meetings time.

Live a balance life, dont just be focused only on work work work also create time for relationships both for family and work.

2.* Set expectations.*

When you are working with clients, it is important to set the expectations for them. Let them know that you are going to return missed phone calls between this and that hour. You are going to email them once a day, a week or a month. Before they get into your car to view homes, visually look at the homes via internet or paper, and then when you show homes have them organized in a circle from a starting point (your office) back to that starting point. Organizing avoids the extended travel time and keeps you on track.

3. Delegate less meaningful tasks.

When working with other staff or team members, make sure they know what their assignments are for the day, week and month. For instance, when you have a weekly luncheon, have that luncheon on the same day every week.

Also, having a visual team calendar in the office that is big enough to view quickly that you can easily change is a great idea. This system stops or helps prevent deadline and activity questions that can be answered by them looking instead of interrupting work to ask.

4. Time-block your hours ( First things First)

Put important things first over less important tasks.

It is important to wake up, exercise and eat a healthy breakfast. As soon as you get to the office, look at your goals. Write down what goals you want to work on for the day. Write down the list of tasks you need to do in order to accomplish those goals. Who are you waiting on for that day? Who do you need to call? You should do this list every morning before you even open your computer to check your emails. Make sure you are only checking your emails two to three times a day — and block time 15 minutes a few times a day for a walk, internet browsing, social media or games. Setting a timer at the desk or on your smartphone will keep you from taking too much time at recess.

5. Prewrite your blogs and ads.

It is important to set ads, blogs and podcasts for marketing and networking. Taking an hour or two on the weekends or in the evening to prewrite the blogs, youtube , content creation for the month is a great idea. Save them in your documents in numerical order per month so that you can find them easily when posting.

Sometimes using the same blog you did earlier in the year is OK if the information is still valuable. Set your Facebook, newspaper and media ads once a month and design a publication timeframe spaced out during the next month to allow for diversity. This scheduling makes you set up a specific amount of time once a month to concentrate on ads only. Once you are focused on that task, it becomes easy to design a few simple ads.

Prerecord your podcast, youtube or Google Hangout to publish consistently on the same day each week or month.

5.Be consistent with your pattern

People are creatures of habit. This includes you, your clients, your staff, your team and your followers.

Question of the day

Have you written down your to do list and planned your day?

Thanks for your time and please enjoy your day.

Dr Laide Okubena

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