We All Need Some Time Off !!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Group One, Inc.

In this crazy 7 day a week business, it is very hard to get time off or a few days away. Over the 4th of July weekend Belinda and I took 3 days off for the first time this year. Can I just say how GREAT it was !!! 3 days away, just up the hill in Tahoe was all we had planned, but WOW it was great. Just to sleep in, lay by the pool, hang out with family and for 3 days, it was o.k. not to show a home, rush to return a call or go through the 100 e-mails everyday. We love our job but we have decided that we MUST take time off to rest. Just about every client was off for the holiday weekend as well so it worked out perfect. Without some time away every year this business will drive you to the funny farm ! 

Comments (4)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Mike and Belinda,

Thanks for the reminder...it seems like we don't know what day it is, it seems that we just keep going...I plan to heed your advice.  I promise, very soon.

Jul 06, 2010 12:41 PM
Stephanie Frymyer
Brick & Co. Real Estate, Inc. - Whittier, CA
Realtor ABR, SRES, SFR, Whittier

That sounds wonderful, so glad you enjoyed your stay and time off. I love Lake Tahoe, wish it wasn't so far away from here (Whittier), would love to spend a weekend there again.

Jul 06, 2010 12:47 PM
Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC - Lafayette, LA

Glad you had some "me" time Mike & Belinda! Sounds like it was a much-needed and welcome mini-vacation. Burnout - physically, mentally or both, can be devastating and unhealthy.

"Setting expectations" is a key phrase I've heard repeated throughout my career and one I now adamantly practice and subscribe to. I find it useful to explain to my clients that I keep "regular" (notice I avoided the term "normal") business hours. This means that my cell phone and emails go unanswered at a certain time and they resume the following 'business' day. I schedule regular periods of "me" time during my work week.

When explained properly, most come to realize I am human who occasionally requires food, sleep and a shower (at least on Saturdays). I've yet to encounter (or work with) anyone who has challenged these basic needs and principles. The majority of my clients are employed and tend to understand the concept.

As a profession, we can become our own worst enemy. Allowing cients to dictate that we work 7/24/365 not only creates unrealistic expectations and added stress, but produces some very tired professionals!

Jul 06, 2010 01:12 PM
Robin Dampier REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker King - Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source

We all need time off to regroup and refuel.  I'm so glad you and your family got even 3 days to spend just enjoying each other and relaxing.  Now, do it more often!  Burnout is dangerous to your health and family life.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Jul 06, 2010 01:30 PM