Workaholic: "A person who works compulsively at the expense of other pursuits".
I have to admit my decision-making recently could have been better, or at least more balanced towards what really matters in life. I was so eager to get the next big deal under contract that I allowed my clients to manipulate my schedule this past weekend to the point that I found myself showing them some vacant luxury homes in my area on Sunday morning. Yes, that was Easter Sunday morning! I must be crazy! I am quite upset with myself for doing this, in retrospect. I should have been with my wife and children for those few hours instead of showing people houses.
When they asked to see more homes I had to tell them we could not just drop in on people to see homes on Easter Sunday! (they were foreigners who clearly did not celebrate Easter)
However, as these words came out of my mouth, I felt so foolish for not being at home with my own family. I realize I have a tendency to "work compulsively, at the expense of other pursuits". Other meaningful pursuits, such as spending quality time with my family are worthy of my balanced and equal time and focus.
The good news is I was able to wind down the Easter Sunday home showing effort to being a short overall endeavor and I went home to my family. We had a wonderful Easter with my sister and mother after a scenic drive up to Tryon, NC. The day was perfect after all.
This past Easter Sunday morning will serve as a private reminder to myself to focus on what really matters most the next time a client is pressuring me to work with their schedule, when it is in clear conflict with my family time (let along an important holiday).
Be the best Realtor you can be, but don't be a workaholic at the expense of quality time with your spouse and children!