The Challenges of Work-Life Balance – Your Personal Story

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The Challenges of Work-Life Balance – Your Personal Story


We all know striking a balancing between personal and work life is a challenge. It’s true in any industry, but certainly can be a struggle in the real estate business.


Relaxing by watching the sun set in Carlsbad


The very nature of the real estate business presents hurdles that can make it tough to balance with a desired personal life:


  • Demands stemming from how we work with buyers and sellers\

  • Needing to work with a variety of vendors outside our control, such as lenders, home inspectors, title officers, attorneys, escrow officers

  • The ease of communication via email and texting which means it happens 24/7 with the expectation of immediate responses

  • Coping with unexpected problems that can arise at any time of the day or week

  • The highly emotional nature of acquiring, or selling, the most expensive investment one has, which can lead to frantic calls/emails/texts or annoyed buyers or sellers, and sometimes irrational behavior!


Some of us are better at this work and personal life balance than others, don’t you think?


So here’s your challenge, with 3 areas to address:


1. First, tell us about the struggle itself. What specifically is important to you that you are trying to balance? It may be spiritual, financial, physical health, exercise, family time, diet, your emotional well-being, or personal relationships. Is the struggle about managing the time for your business versus relaxing or doing other things? Do you feel stressed and find that hard to manage? Perhaps your struggle is about a lack of enjoyment in some areas of your real estate business?  Or maybe there IS not struggle at all!


2. Next, please share the specific issues in your business that interfere with balancing your work and personal life. Is it endless client calls at all hours of the day and night? Rushing around with appointments all the time so you don’t take the time to eat well or exercise properly? Is poor, or lack of, communication from others in the business an issue? Is lack of follow-through by others a problem? Do you not have enough business or too much? Are you not delegating enough, or have no one to delegate to?


3. Lastly, please tell us about particular strategies you use to balance your personal life with work, and hopefully succeed at. Everyone copes with this in different ways, so what works for you?  Do you:


  • Plan family time and put it on your schedule?

  • Set aside specific times to exercise?

  • Watch what you eat and when?

  • Relax by reading, taking yoga, meditating, going for a walk, exercising, cooking?

  • Plan vacations or weekends away from work?

  • Take a specific day off or just take off time “here and there?”

  • Completely relax and step away on vacation or do you go on work-cations?


The challenge begins today and all entries must be completed by the end of the day Pacific Time (AR Time) on May 31st.


Please share a working link to your post in the comments below as a record of your participation.


You must also include at least one ORIGINAL photo (the more the better), or video, that’s relevant to your work-life balance, something you enjoy doing, perhaps.


Me hiking in Idyllwild Ca


Balancing your business and personal life is a big deal, and with 3 areas for you to address your post will receive 1500 bonus points, awarded in the early part of June.


Thank for sharing your thoughts so that others might learn from you!! And perhaps you’ll learn something more about yourself and how you could improve your work-life balance.


Re-Blogged 2 times:

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  1. Debbie Reynolds 05/13/2017 01:00 PM
  2. Praful Thakkar 05/27/2017 10:47 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Sam Shueh 

Thanks so much for your entry for the challenge. I'm off to take a look.

Have a great weekend!


May 26, 2017 06:05 PM #151
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Hey Bud.  Thanks for hosting this cool challenge.  Here's My Entry.

Balance, Inspiration and Inner Peace

May 27, 2017 10:18 AM #152
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Thanks for your entry Belinda Spillman 

I already saw it, AND really enjoyed it. I love the sentiments you expressed!


May 27, 2017 10:38 AM #153
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I may still be editing this up through June, but here is draft #11 fit to print! 

It's a Balancing Act, Never True Balance,That Sets You Free!

May 27, 2017 12:10 PM #154
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS 

Edit to your heart's content!!

Thanks for your entry - off to take a look.

Have a great weekend!


May 27, 2017 12:15 PM #155
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jeff Dowler - just re-blogged it - and sort of a reminder to me also that I need to write the post for this contest.

May 27, 2017 11:19 PM #156
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Jeff!  Well, Praful Thakkar got me to get this post done today with his post in the Q&A section!  I have to say, it was quite an emotional write for me - I really don't like not being in control and my workaholism has been a challenge my entire working career.

This challenge helped me realize that I need to truly focus more on delegation to KEEP my balance and not continue this roller coaster going (some days, it's under control, other days, not so much!)

Thanks for the challenge, Jeff!  Here's my entry:


Live/Work - The Balancing Act for Workaholics - Can it be done?

May 28, 2017 01:22 PM #157
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager


It took a while to write because I've been balancing my work and personal life and didn't have enough spare time left over. Thanks for the challenge, Jeff Dowler !

May 29, 2017 01:26 PM #158
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Ok Jeff Dowler it was that last "original photograph" thing that stood in the way of getting this done sooner....and it still Sorta it is !

May 29, 2017 08:20 PM #159
Abby Stiller
Premier Realty Homes of SWFL - Cape Coral, FL
Real Estate Agent Serving Southwest Florida

Hello Jeff Dowler Here is my Entry:

May 30, 2017 08:01 PM #160
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

I did it! Please check out my photo on the post; I think you'll like it. 

Life is a Balancing Act ~ The Challenge

May 31, 2017 06:36 AM #161
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
May 31, 2017 12:36 PM #162
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Hi Jeff, Here is my story, Work-Life Balance. Thanks for hosting.

May 31, 2017 03:04 PM #163
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
May 31, 2017 04:36 PM #164
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Alliance Real Estate - Minot - Minot, ND
Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate

Hi Jeff Dowler here is my entry: THE SINS OF THE FATHER

May 31, 2017 04:42 PM #165
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
28 Years of Real Estate Experience!
May 31, 2017 07:52 PM #166
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff it was not easy but I managed to complete the task that you challenged me to and I still have 45 minutes to spare:))) The balancing act:)

May 31, 2017 11:18 PM #168
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Will I be the last entry, Jeff Dowler?


The Biggest Myth: Work-Life Balance!

May 31, 2017 11:46 PM #169
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

I hope I made it in time.  This comment is late, but the post was timely.  My take was a little different than you asked for, but it still relates to work/life balance. Thanks, Make time for work

Jun 01, 2017 12:12 AM #170
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