As a real estate career is busy, so is the life of a real estate instructor, especially one who owns a real estate school. Things get crazy from time to time because we just cannot keep up with all the people involved in our business. For you, it’s buyers and sellers. For us, it’s prospective students. Our prospects are those who want a license, those who have a new license, and those who want a broker’s license.
Things get crazy from time to time, and one of the times is at the end of the month. We run our classes the third week, the fourth week, the first three weeks, and the first two weeks. By the time the end of the month arrives, paperwork better be done and bills better be paid. Invariably, books change each year so between January and March, we are feeling our way through new curriculums, hoping we made all the noted changes from the old books to the new books.
As a real estate agent, your end-of-month may be crazy as well. If you are a planner, you hopefully have had your closings scheduled throughout the month, but for many of you, the end of the month seems to be the time most people want to close. Juggling more than one closing at a time can be hectic without an assistant, and sometimes the Smiths get mixed up with the Browns, and Joneses get confused with the Johnsons. Things get crazy from time to time, and the secret to keeping our sanity is simple. We write things down!
TEAM Hughes has two administrative assistants, one who lives in New Hampshire and one who is local to the school. Judy, our northerner, keeps track of our database. Because things get crazy from time to time, Judy either has just a few names to worry about or a slew of them. As in the practice of real estate, things around the school seem to run the same course of “feast or famine.” Nancy, our local assistant, is the one charged with doing a bit of this and a bit of that. She does tons of typing, she makes phone calls, and little by little Nancy is getting more and more responsibilities dumped on her.
Just like your house, things get crazy from time to time, and stuff doesn’t seem to flow together quite well. Thankfully, it passes and sooner or later, the flow smooths itself out. We write down everything. We have a calendar on the wall, a calendar in a Daytimer, a calendar on the office PC, and a calendar on my Mac. Without writing things down (or typing them), we’d be lost! We preach to our students the value of planning and time management. If you need help in either area, you may want to consider one of our classes. We have a broker class starting up in the spring, and we’d love to have you join us. For all our classes, just check out the TEAM Hughes website.