It’s About Time!

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Services for Real Estate Pros with RealSupport Inc.

One of the most crucial things to an agent is time.  This line of work requires a constant awareness of the ticking clock as you schedule appointments, showings, and numerous other activities.  Even your work is time sensitive as a listings’ days on market is closely watched by sellers, and buyers oftentimes find themselves in time crunch to find a home. 

It comes as no surprise then, that time management can make or break you.  If you’re constantly running late, feeling stressed and not in control of your schedule; you need to revamp how you manage your time.  It may be easier to think, “this is just how the business is,” or “this is just how I am,” than to actually take responsibility and own up to the fact that you need to change your time management habits.  If you don’t; you’ll quickly burn out.

RISMedia recently noted 3 time management tips that will save you time, energy and possibly your business!


1. Plan your schedule the night before and hit the ground running. When you’re not in control of your schedule, you invite stress to fill the void. Set and prioritize meaningful tasks to be accomplished. Whether it’s an appointment calendar or a software program, the critical first step to properly managing your time is to organize and schedule your day. Be careful not to confuse activity with productivity. For example, don’t just block off a couple of hours to make calls. Instead, set measurable activity goals to be accomplished, much as 25 phone calls per day.

2. Identify your time bandits. Once you’ve scheduled your day, the next step in managing your time is to recognize and modify old behavioral patterns regarding the improper use of time. Avoid procrastination in all of its attractive forms. Having a planned schedule helps you say no to time wasters such as Web surfing, personal phone calls, long lunches and chatty coworkers. An open door invites continuous distractions. Effective real estate professionals focus on task achievement rather than tension relieving diversions.

3. Delegate. Ineffective salespeople “play office” and hide behind paperwork. Make a smart business decision and delegate all non-sales related tasks to a Real Estate Virtual Assistant

Imagine hiring a VA that can take a listing through the entire marketing process in less than 48 hours.  Don’t have time to write a blog?  Allow your VA to write an SEO rich blog two times a week that has relevant community and real estate information.  Think of the time you could save by simply letting your VA know that you just had a price reduction and it’s highlighted on every site within a 24 hours.  Listing flyers, postcards, website updates and custom websites, pre-list and marketing presentations are all out of your hands and you have the time to focus on those things that only YOU can do! 

Here at RealSupport, our goal is to make your life easier and as stress- free as possible.  Our years of real estate specific marketing allows you to give us the basic information and let us run with it!  Your time is valuable.  Your time is money.  Put these 3 great tips into practice and you’ll find yourself breathing easier and feel more energized for your clients and personal life.

Isn’t it about time?

 

Allie Coyle
Marketing & Copywriting Coordinator

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Carla Harbert
www.LorainCountyHomeSales.com - Avon, OH
RE/MAX Omega: Lorain-Medina County Area

Time management is my #1 issue to deal with. There never seems to be enough of it! Great tips but easier said than done when trying to stick to a schedule. I really wish that I could hire a virtual assistant, but the money just isn't there for me yet. That is one area of my business I need to find room for.

Nov 16, 2010 10:05 AM #1
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Karin Lundeen
Keller Williams Realty - Denver Southlands - Centennial, CO
Realtor Centennial Homes For Sale

Great tips for time management!  I am easily distracted by my time bandits!

Nov 16, 2010 10:10 AM #2
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Hi Carla- We hear you- time seems to be so hard to come by!  We'd love to help you out, but understand where you're coming from.  We are here to help with as little or as much as you need- there's no minimum. Keep us in mind - we're here when you need us!  In the meantime, we love reading comments from agents, so feel free to post anytime!  Thanks!!

Thanks for reading Karin!  Sometimes it's just hard to stay focused ALL the time, so we completely understand!  Recognizing what they are is a great first step though!

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