Burnt Out?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Greater Lewisville Assoc of REALTORS (r)

As we approach the end-of-the-year slow down (whether real or perceived) it is easy to give in to the temptation of claiming 'burn out' as an excuse for inactivity.  Activity now brings results in the spring. So rather than trying to play catch up at the end of the first quarter, I'm interested to hear what YOU do to stay motivated and avoid 'burn out' and keep yourself actively building leads and business, year around.

Comments (7)

Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

Wow the winter has always been one of my best times. This fourth quarter has alreadybeen outstanding and generally the first quarter exceeds the fourth. Home buyers buy all year! And with the new credit extensions and deadlines I would think the winter will be a winner!

Nov 12, 2009 11:13 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Forth quarter is always our best quarter...we are on it....stay up and work more hours than any other time...slow is if you use it as an excuse...want to take a vacation...make your holidays last 60 days....just do it ....it's a great time !

Nov 12, 2009 11:14 PM
Debbie Cullen
REMAX Realty Team-Cape Coral, FL - Cape Coral, FL
Your Cape Coral, FL Specialist

Melody...business as usual...if my phone isn't ringing...I am picking it up and dialing it.  Though there is something I do this time of year....work on my business plan for next year...That way I have a specific plan to follow

Nov 12, 2009 11:15 PM
Donna & Larry Johnson
Keller Williams Real Estate - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County

Lead gen is our goal this time of the year. The phone calls you make now are business in the spring. Work on our business plan for 2010.

Nov 12, 2009 11:24 PM
David Jirasek
Jirasek Realty, LLC - Temple, TX

I try to be persistant through the entire year, and taking off only on the major holidays. I am diversified with different services, so I get a variety of projects to research, and/or market. Farm/Ranch and commercial research is time consuming using a variety of resources, so there is always something to do. Of course, as we all know, keeping busy, and making money, are two entirely different things! 

Nov 12, 2009 11:34 PM
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

Melody - Nice to meet you. We work in similar areas. So hopefully someday we'd be able to work a deal or two in the not too far distant future.

First of all, I think it has all to do with the mindset. Your choice of words is important because it manifests what your mind has been concentrating on.

"End-year" slow down and burnt out are all choices we make in our minds. I work all 4 Quarters and I didn't have this mentality until someone deliberately said, It's only October for goodness sakes. Since then, my 4th Quarter success has been promising with real numbers to show.


On a different note, burnt out is a real thing that I experienced first hand. Not with my business, but with the rest of my life because I've been living, breathing real estate. However, I'm also a mother to an active 2-year old. In the end, my husband feels he had the short end of the stick. Sometimes, not having any to hold on to. He totally felt left out. Not because of just my work, but because we've just had been giving, giving, giving so much that we found out that our marriage/ relationship suffered through all these giving. I really felt like my world, my ground caved in when my husband snapped.

We are still working on Saying No. But everyone says a Balanced Life. I think that's the answer to having a Burnt out life.

Nov 12, 2009 11:53 PM
Joel Prince
The Principle Group, Inc - Hixson, TN
Hixson/Soddy Real Estate Broker

Melody -

Thanks for the post.  My view is: downtime/slow down = marketing activities.

Nov 13, 2009 12:19 AM