Time Management Tips for Real Estate Agents
Real estate agents are in the business of helping people buy and sell homes. But there’s a lot more to it than just finding a house for sale and then getting the money from the buyer. As an agent, you’ll need to be ready to handle any number of things that could come up during your day: from showing properties to potential buyers or sellers, negotiating contracts and making offers on houses, managing deals through closing escrow (or even representing your clients against banks). It can be difficult sometimes—especially if you’re not always organized with regard to time management.
Timing is everything, especially in the world of the housing market. You may have skills, knowledge, and connections, but how effective are you if time management isn’t being utilized to its full potential. We will go over some time management strategies that you can implement.
Have a plan, scheduling your time will make your workflow much smoother. Assessing your intentions in how you want to manage tasks from least to most important of priority will cause less stress and headache. Paying attention to detail will then create consistency. Once you start to establish a routine with your daily schedule, you will notice an increase in production. Working in real estate really has no set schedule, it isn’t a corporate job structure with the standard 8-5.
Don’t let the mindset of constantly being flexible and not being realistic with yourself fall in place, take the time to accommodate yourself by writing your goals. Scheduling a block schedule could also be a possibility that works for you. By having periods of time that are separated and you must follow, this will create discipline in intentionally having time set aside for set tasks.
Utilize all of your resources available to you. When working in this market it can sometimes feel like a rat race. In order to succeed, possibly delegate some of your tasks to others. No one ever said you have to put the entire team on your back, well that is unless you run the operation. Outsource certain tasks that you may feel are taking too much of your time. Social media is a perfect example, hire someone to operate your Facebook. This will be one less thing that you are having to put your energy and time towards. You’ll want to coordinate with whomever will be in charge of this task and just advise them your needs, wants, and how you would like to be communicated with.
Ask, ask the ones who have been doing what you are doing. Experience and knowledge rule over most when it comes to succeeding. Even if you don’t want to implement everything someone who has been doing this line of work for decades, pick the mind of others and learn.
You should also be realistic about what you can accomplish in a given time period. If you are working on multiple projects, prioritize them and only focus on the most important one at a time. When it comes time for you to take care of that big task, make sure there are no other tasks that need immediate attention before finishing up with what needs to get done first.
Focus on one task at a time. This is a common problem for many people, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of work that needs to be done every day. It’s important not to let yourself get bogged down in thinking about all the things you have left behind or what needs to be done tomorrow, because it can become overwhelming very quickly.
This will be a trial-and-error system. Do not feel like you only get one shot at figuring out what works best for you. It could take several times, days, weeks, or months in order for you to find a rhythm that you enjoy. What matters most is discipline in order to build out productivity.