7 Signs You Need a Break!

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With the holidays just around the corner, many of you are probably looking forward to a much needed break!  Whether you’re gathering with family or friends, or are just craving a few days of personal R&R, having a little time to switch gears and turn off the noise of work can be just the thing you need to get refreshed and ready to go for the new year.


Now you may be one of those real estate agents that thinks, “Take a break? I wish!”  As Real Estate Virtual Assistants, we know that there’s a lot of hard work and endless hours that you as real estate agents put into your company.  If you own your real estate company or are with a very small firm, you probably feel the extra weight of keeping the momentum going, and a break seems out of the question.


However, not taking time off can hurt you more in the long run!  If you get to the point of being burnt out, you’ll have to take a much longer time off in order to recover and your business, co-workers and even family and friends will suffer.  So, how can you tell it’s time for a break?  Here are seven key signs:



1. Loss of Joy- If the job you once loved and were passionate about is now becoming a dreaded part of your day... you need time away from it.  Being passionate about your job, especially in this line of work, is imperative!  Your clients will notice and your work will clearly reflect your passion, or lack thereof!


2. Lack of Focus or Creativity- It’s impossible for anyone to run at full speed all the time.  When you notice you’re not able to focus and solutions to problems seem to allude you; you need a break!  Give your mind a rest and you’ll find a much more productive you when you return!


3. Constantly Feeling Overwhelmed- As a real estate agent, there seem to be a million things demanding your attention at the same time.  High maintenance sellers, first time home buyers, showings, marketing, social media, networking events, etc... the list appears endless!  If you’re feeling buried under the weight of all these things and are having a tough time prioritizing... take a step back!   Take the time to look at your business from a distance and you’ll feel more in control. 


4. Irritability- We all have off days where we feel on edge, but if you’re feeling this way on a regular basis it’s a good sign you need a day off.  Whether it’s related to stress, depression or worry; your irritability can have an effect on your co-workers and clients.  Be sure to take a break before you burn bridges!


5. Insomnia- Sleep is essential to keeping a fast paced and high demand lifestyle.  If you’re finding it’s hard to fall asleep at night, getting fresh air during the day, sunlight and even exercise can help get your inner clock back to normal sleep rhythms.  Take a personal break to do these things on a daily basis!


6. Health Issues- A good sign that you need a break is when you begin developing health issues.  Hopefully you’ll see warning signs and take a break before this occurs, but many people will ignore the red flags until it’s too late.  Stomach issues, regular migraines and not feeling well on a regular basis may mean it’s time to visit your doctor.  Chances are, they’ll prescribe a much needed break!


7. Warnings from Family and Friends- If those that know you best and are around you the most are concerned you’re overworking yourself; take note!  They may see the warning signs before you do and can be that voice of wisdom that you need to heed!  They’re looking out for your good and it’s important to not ignore their sound advice.


I hope that you take the time needed this holiday season to relax and enjoy being with loved ones!  This is a great time of year to unwind and take in a few personal days so that you can hit the ground running in 2012! 


If you’re worried about the amount of work that seems to be piling up and feel that you can’t take a break with all there is to do; let us know!  Our team of experienced Real Estate Virtual Assistants can cover your listing marketing, social media, website maintenance, print marketing, real estate blogging, and much more!  Just let us know what needs to be done and we can take it from there!  


Take that much needed break this holiday season and rest assured your work is in good hands!  Feel free to contact us anytime with any questions or to begin your mini vacation today!

Allie Coyle

Blogging & Copywriting Specialist



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Morris Massre
Pembroke Pines, FL
Real Estate Instructor Broward County Florida

You're probably right about all of these as I feel most.  But a break is tough to come by when you're broke.

Nov 17, 2011 07:09 AM #1
Christine Cumming SeaRealEstate.com
Real Estate Capitola, Aptos, Scotts Valley, Watsonville - Santa Cruz, CA
Real Estate Santa Cruz and beyond 831.588.7767

I found that when I'm running low on energy, I head out with a friend, take a walk,.... It usually helps me feel better and I get to keep my business going by networking.

Nov 17, 2011 07:27 AM #2
Janell Kittleson
Rentec Direct - Grants Pass, OR
Rentec Direct

You're so right about the need to re-charge your batteries!  But, the good news, at least for the long "to-do-list" and skinny bank account, taking a break doesn't have to be a full-blown vacation.  Making sure you set aside time in your day, just for you and no one else, will go miles in giving you some needed rest.  I've found even 30 minutes of uninterupted quite time (no phone, TV, computer, or other humans) will do the trick.  

Nov 17, 2011 07:31 AM #3
RealSupport, Inc.
RealSupport Inc. - Schaumburg, IL
- Virtual Real Estate Marketing

Hi Morris- We completely understand where you're coming from!  We're here to help when you need us, as much or as little as you need us.  There's no minimum that you have to use our services... so feel free to contact us for more information!  We'd love to help!

Great idea Christine!  Way to multitask!  Getting a nice break outside and talking with a friend is a fantastic way to rejuvinate and refocus!

Hi Janell- You're exactly right!  A day or a few hours can help you feel recharged!  We hope you get that much needed break over the holidays!

Nov 23, 2011 07:37 AM #4
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

I did just that over the Thanksgiving holiday.  I took 4 days, without answering emails, etc.  It was wonderful!

Dec 01, 2011 12:36 AM #5
Bart Vickrey
Bart Vickrey & Co Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

I love this time of year!

I've spent most of the year leveraging my time and team to produce great sales results.  It's never easy but always possible!

So when the end of the year rolls around... I spend very little time working... and a whole lotta time with my family and doing whatever I feel like doing!

Now I do set aside some time for planning and goal setting (but I love doing those things).

Have a Happy New Year!

And please check out my new group Real Estate Good Life at http://activerain.com/groups/goodlife

If you like what you see... please join and pass it along to others!

Dec 30, 2011 06:13 AM #6
RealSupport, Inc.
RealSupport Inc. - Schaumburg, IL
- Virtual Real Estate Marketing

Hi Kathy-Taking a little time away from the phone, computer and emails is imperative to one's sanity, I think. ESPECIALLY when you have the day off! It's important not to be a slave to technology, (even though we all have become that way). Thanks for the comment!

Hi Bart- We hope you had a wonderful new year! It's great to hear that you spent the year building up a great team and that you took your much-needed break over the holidays! While it's important to keep working hard and meeting your goals, sometimes you just need to take a breather. I think it improves your quality of work when you get a mental break sometimes. If you take a few days for yourself, then you can come back refreshed and ready to work, and based on your comment, it sounds like you're just in the right frame of mind to start planning for the year to come. Best of luck and thanks for the comment!

Jan 05, 2012 09:16 AM #7
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