While business may slow down just a bit around this time of year, a full time real estate agent's job is never really done! There are always people trying to list their properties for sale, people looking to buy, and contracts that are in the works, so it can be difficult to find ways to budget your precious time during the holidays. Here are a few tips to help ensure that you accomplish all of your work goals while still enjoying the season with family and friends.
1. Eliminate the unnecessary!! A great way to reduce your daily workload and prioritize your time is to make a list, in order of importance, of all the things you do in the course of a normal workday. Of course, the things that make you money should be at the top of the list - replying to emails, speaking to customers, going out on listing appointments or showings...and the things that don't generate income belong further down. Now, take the bottom few items and cut them out!! I know it can be a little scary to break your routine, but when demands on your time increase, it can help immensely to know where you can cut back on your daily tasks and save a little bit of time and energy until things settle down a bit again!
2. Separate your wants from your needs. Of course, we all want to spend as much time as possible relaxing, eating great food, and enjoying our family and friends during the holidays. But keep in mind that come January when the dust clears, your bank account is going to NEED a little boost! To avoid stretching yourself too thin, try to think honestly about the tasks before you for the holiday season and differentiate between what you actually need to do, and what might be fun but cause more stress in the long run. Instead of trying to go to all 4 of the parties you've been invited to, pick the 1 or 2 that will be attended by the people you enjoy most. Then take the time you would've spent on the other 2 events and use it to follow up on a few leads!
3. Shop online as much as possible! I'll admit, I love going to the stores and fighting the crowds to find that perfect gift! There's a definite rush involved in the hustle and bustle, with the overly loud holiday songs over the loudspeaker. BUT when you're a busy professional, time is money, and shopping online is leaps and bounds more efficient to your schedule. You can browse for deals while still answering phone calls, fill up your cart and put it on hold while you run to a showing, and even pay a few cents extra to have your gifts delivered wrapped up and ready to go!
4. Learn when to say no! Especially during the holiday season, many of our first inclinations are to say yes to any and everything a friend or loved one requests. We want to keep everyone happy, no matter what additional stress we have to take on to make that happen! Well ladies and gentlemen, sometimes it's ok to say "no!" If a task or event is not going to make you happy, enrich your friends or families lives, or earn you money - feel free to use those two little letters in the politest way possible. The holidays are about togetherness and joy, and it's ok to prioritize your own happiness in there too!