The Challenges of Work-Life Balance – Your Personal Story

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The Challenges of Work-Life Balance – Your Personal Story

 

We all know striking a balancing between personal and work life is a challenge. It’s true in any industry, but certainly can be a struggle in the real estate business.

 

Relaxing by watching the sun set in Carlsbad

 

The very nature of the real estate business presents hurdles that can make it tough to balance with a desired personal life:

 

  • Demands stemming from how we work with buyers and sellers\

  • Needing to work with a variety of vendors outside our control, such as lenders, home inspectors, title officers, attorneys, escrow officers

  • The ease of communication via email and texting which means it happens 24/7 with the expectation of immediate responses

  • Coping with unexpected problems that can arise at any time of the day or week

  • The highly emotional nature of acquiring, or selling, the most expensive investment one has, which can lead to frantic calls/emails/texts or annoyed buyers or sellers, and sometimes irrational behavior!

 

Some of us are better at this work and personal life balance than others, don’t you think?

 

So here’s your challenge, with 3 areas to address:

 

1. First, tell us about the struggle itself. What specifically is important to you that you are trying to balance? It may be spiritual, financial, physical health, exercise, family time, diet, your emotional well-being, or personal relationships. Is the struggle about managing the time for your business versus relaxing or doing other things? Do you feel stressed and find that hard to manage? Perhaps your struggle is about a lack of enjoyment in some areas of your real estate business?  Or maybe there IS not struggle at all!

 

2. Next, please share the specific issues in your business that interfere with balancing your work and personal life. Is it endless client calls at all hours of the day and night? Rushing around with appointments all the time so you don’t take the time to eat well or exercise properly? Is poor, or lack of, communication from others in the business an issue? Is lack of follow-through by others a problem? Do you not have enough business or too much? Are you not delegating enough, or have no one to delegate to?

 

3. Lastly, please tell us about particular strategies you use to balance your personal life with work, and hopefully succeed at. Everyone copes with this in different ways, so what works for you?  Do you:

 

  • Plan family time and put it on your schedule?

  • Set aside specific times to exercise?

  • Watch what you eat and when?

  • Relax by reading, taking yoga, meditating, going for a walk, exercising, cooking?

  • Plan vacations or weekends away from work?

  • Take a specific day off or just take off time “here and there?”

  • Completely relax and step away on vacation or do you go on work-cations?

 

The challenge begins today and all entries must be completed by the end of the day Pacific Time (AR Time) on May 31st.

 

Please share a working link to your post in the comments below as a record of your participation.

 

You must also include at least one ORIGINAL photo (the more the better), or video, that’s relevant to your work-life balance, something you enjoy doing, perhaps.

 

Me hiking in Idyllwild Ca

 

Balancing your business and personal life is a big deal, and with 3 areas for you to address your post will receive 1500 bonus points, awarded in the early part of June.

 

Thank for sharing your thoughts so that others might learn from you!! And perhaps you’ll learn something more about yourself and how you could improve your work-life balance.

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  2. Praful Thakkar 05/27/2017 10:47 PM
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Sam Shueh
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Just got back from Pebble Beach on a combined work and pleasaure assignment. Learned a lot from looking and talking to residents along PGA Golf Course. 

The best part it was 58 deg F in Carmel and rest of the SFBA was like living in hornitos (90 deg F).....

 

May 21, 2017 08:39 AM #140
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Jeff Dowler
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Hi Harry F. D'Elia  - thanks for your entry. Off to take a look!

Hi Sam Shueh  - hope you had a good time! The differences in California weather really CAN be kind of surprising sometimes!

Jeff

May 21, 2017 10:41 AM #141
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Jeff, I know you've already read my post, but here is a link officially as to my personal story about balancing work and life.

May 22, 2017 04:08 AM #142
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Gabe Sanders
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Hi, Jeff.  Thanks for sponsoring this contest.  Here's my entry:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/5060677/work-life-balance

May 22, 2017 05:35 AM #143
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Jeff Dowler
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Hi Nina Hollander  - thanks for your entry for the challenge. Yep, already read, and enjoyed, it!

Gabe Sanders  - thank you for your post for my challenge. Off to take a look!

Jeff

May 23, 2017 10:33 AM #144
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George Souto
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Jeff below is the link to my blog entry into your contest/challenge.

"How I Balance My Buiness & Personal Life"

May 24, 2017 07:45 PM #145
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Jeff Dowler
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Hi George Souto 

Thanks for taking time to participate! I look forward to reading your post!

Jeff

May 25, 2017 09:08 AM #146
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Jeff,

Thank you for the note, and here is the post.  This happened last month also when I left a link and it disappeared.  I love how so many responded and it was great fun to read the entries.  Have a great weekend.  A

May 26, 2017 03:41 PM #147
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Jeff -- thanks for commenting on my post--it didn't show up on my blog --along with others. But, thanks to your comment, I found my Work-Life Balance--How is it possible?  The link is now here, too.

May 26, 2017 05:05 PM #148
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts for this challenge Ron and Alexandra Seigel Got it. Hve a great weekend yourself!

Hi Lottie Kendall  - Glad you found the balance and thanks for your entry.

Jeff

May 26, 2017 05:19 PM #149
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Sam Shueh
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Thanks for inviting us to share our experience. This is my entry to 

Balance work and play by a Silicon Valley realtor 

 
 
 
 

 

 

May 26, 2017 05:34 PM #150
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Hi Sam Shueh 

Thanks so much for your entry for the challenge. I'm off to take a look.

Have a great weekend!

Jeff

May 26, 2017 06:05 PM #151
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Belinda Spillman
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Hey Bud.  Thanks for hosting this cool challenge.  Here's My Entry.

Balance, Inspiration and Inner Peace

May 27, 2017 10:18 AM #152
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Jeff Dowler
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Thanks for your entry Belinda Spillman 

I already saw it, AND really enjoyed it. I love the sentiments you expressed!

Jeff

May 27, 2017 10:38 AM #153
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS
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I may still be editing this up through June, but here is draft #11 fit to print! 

It's a Balancing Act, Never True Balance,That Sets You Free!

May 27, 2017 12:10 PM #154
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Hi Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS 

Edit to your heart's content!!

Thanks for your entry - off to take a look.

Have a great weekend!

Jeff

May 27, 2017 12:15 PM #155
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Praful Thakkar
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Jeff Dowler - just re-blogged it - and sort of a reminder to me also that I need to write the post for this contest.

May 27, 2017 11:19 PM #156
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Hi Jeff!  Well, Praful Thakkar got me to get this post done today with his post in the Q&A section!  I have to say, it was quite an emotional write for me - I really don't like not being in control and my workaholism has been a challenge my entire working career.

This challenge helped me realize that I need to truly focus more on delegation to KEEP my balance and not continue this roller coaster going (some days, it's under control, other days, not so much!)

Thanks for the challenge, Jeff!  Here's my entry:

 

Live/Work - The Balancing Act for Workaholics - Can it be done?

May 28, 2017 01:22 PM #157
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Nathan Gesner
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BALANCING MY WORK AND PERSONAL LIFE

It took a while to write because I've been balancing my work and personal life and didn't have enough spare time left over. Thanks for the challenge, Jeff Dowler !

May 29, 2017 01:26 PM #158
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Ok Jeff Dowler it was that last "original photograph" thing that stood in the way of getting this done sooner....and it still Sorta does...here it is !

May 29, 2017 08:20 PM #159
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