Break Out Before You Burn Out-- How to Step Away From Real Estate

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bayou Properties

Break Out Before You Burn Out-- How to Step Away From Real Estate

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In this business two weeks can pass in a blur. List a home on Saturday, perhaps an open house on Sunday and before you know it 10-14 days pass without time off. While we all admire a hard worker, such a grind will, well grind, even the best agent. Let's take a look at why working non-stop can actually COST you money.

The Case Against Working Non-stop

  • Over working can hurt your decision making-- Want to think clear? Step away and get a good 8 hours of rest. Want to make poor choices? Grind out 12 hour days for 7 or more days in a row. 
  • Long work hours can mean poor meal selections-- Ever come home and cook a healthy meal after a ten hour day? Me either. Want to REALLY mess things up? Skip sleep AND live on fast food. Got some free time? Watch Super-size Me on Netflix.
  • Tired people are less efficient-- What happens in day 10 of marathon work stretch? Not much. Well rested people are able to get more done in less time.

How To Take Control Of Your Work

  1. Have a set start time and end time each work day-- My advice is to start early and then go home 9-11 hours later. Set your voice-mail and let callers know inquires after say 7pm will be returned the next business day. Honestly, there is little an agent can do to solve problems when the rest of the business world is closed. I fought this, mainly due to my ego. Guess what, the good clients (the ones that end with checks) will respect you.
  2. Claim your days off in advance-- Mark your calendar for vacations and special events at the beginning of the year. Get with another agent (or your broker) to find coverage.
  3. When your are off be off-- Once I took my family to the beach. They went down and played in the surf will dad to calls in the condo. Don't be me...
  4. Eat right and lay off the caffeine-- Get a healthy breakfast (super-important) and hit the road. Throughout the day replace soft drinks with water. Remember the opposite side of a caffeine buzz is lethargy and a nasty headache. Think before you drink!

Would you buy a phone with a worn out battery? Then why would anyone hire a worn out agent. Need a broker who will help you develop (and stick to) a schedule? Contact Doug Rogers (318) 613-1994 for a confidential meeting. Want to explore our company from your sofa? Go to Realty Executives Bayou Properties today!

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Mike Kelly,CRS,CIPS
The MJKelly Team - Santa Rosa, CA
"One of Sonoma County's Natural Resources"

I had a friend actually SHOW a home on Christmas Day. It was my listing and I was stunned she wanted to show it. My clients said, sure, send them over. Two Doctors who were VERY arrogant. DON'T do this! 

Oct 11, 2017 06:05 PM #6
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

Spot on and a well deserved featured post Doug Rogers . I've burned both ends of the candle and it's not a pretty sight. We will all fall into that trap evey now and then. When we do, stop, breath and take time out to rest and re-energize. Great post. 

Oct 11, 2017 07:35 PM #7
Barbara Golden
Realty Executives NOLA - Mandeville, LA
The Golden Group at Realty Executives NOLA

Great post, Doug. Is reading your blog at 10:38pm a problem, then?  You hit the nail on the head with this article! This can certainly be a 24/7 job if you let it.  You just to time block when to start and, more importantly, when to stop.

Oct 11, 2017 08:42 PM #8
Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley

Hi Doug - I certainly don't want to be like a phone with a dead battery! What a great analogy you hit upon. I have 7 more minutes, then computer is off and I'm done for the day!

Oct 11, 2017 09:54 PM #9
JoAnn Young
Young & Young Properties - Melbourne, FL
Florida Real Estate

Excellent advice and I would add to that to find time to take a short walk in a 24 hour period.

Oct 12, 2017 03:46 AM #10
Carolyn Fenton
Coldwell Banker Hunter Realty - Beachwood, OH
I specialize in first time home buyers.

Thank you for this. Being a new agent I work 24/7. I answer texts and email all day and night. I feel like I'm new and I want to keep every client that comes my way. I have to force myself not to wake up roll over and check email. This article prompts me to talk to my manager about time managment.
I feel guilty when I can't show homes when my clients want to see them because my kids are home from school. 2:30-8:30. Is a rough time because I'm a single mom doing homework, making dinner and bathing my kids and putting them to bed. And I'm returning msg while dinner is cooking. I must grind out

Oct 12, 2017 04:40 AM #11
Robert Hicks
United Country River City Realty - Savannah, TN

One of the toughest things for this ole redneck to learn.. BALANCE.... 

Oct 12, 2017 06:13 AM #12
Steve and Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources, NMLS 60596 - Clayton, NC
Mortgage Loan Johnston County

WOW!  Sometimes you hear a message when you need to hear it.  In the mortgage business, I do the same kind of shedule, working until 11 last night.  Great wake up call.

Oct 12, 2017 07:23 AM #13
Greg Mona
RE/MAX Platinum Living - Scottsdale, AZ
YOUR Local Real Estate and Design Resource in AZ!

Great list and post Doug Rogers! We all have to know when to "put the cork in the bottle" at the end of each work day. Likewise with healthy eating, exercise and getting enough sleep. Studies do show that after 10 straight hours of working your efficiency can be as low as 10% capacity in the hours that follow, and that you will spend more time fixing the mistakes you made in those "extra innings" than you would have originally spent by just working a reasonable day and not making the mistakes in the first place.  Of course, ALL of that is easier said than done!

Oct 12, 2017 08:25 AM #14
Luke Acree
ReminderMedia - King of Prussia, PA
Making Agents Memorable

Great agents know it's all about balance


Oct 12, 2017 09:28 AM #15
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

All wonderful advice. I especially like that you encourage agents to set their working hours - and that the good clients will respect that.

I write bios and other marketing material for real estate, and often agents will tell me one of their strengths is being available 24/7. I tell them to STOP THAT!

No one respects a door mat, and it won't take long for you to hate your clients.

Oct 12, 2017 10:25 AM #16
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Doug

There is some pretty savvy advice here for all to listen to, and follow whenever possible. It's pretty easy to let yourself get sucked into non-stop work which does no one any good.


Oct 12, 2017 12:52 PM #17
MaryBeth Mills Muldowney
TradeWinds Realty Group LLC - Braintree, MA
Massachusetts Broker Owner

Great post OMG so easy to fall into the 24/7 agent role - great idea about 7pm -wouldnt it be nice to have some family time too!  Thank you Doug.

Oct 12, 2017 01:47 PM #18
Anna Hatridge
Goodson Realty - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty

So important to set  yourself up to succeed!

Oct 12, 2017 05:33 PM #19
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

Great post, Doug and congrats on the feature.  Balance is so important and I struggle with it, but I have made progress.  I found that not setting any boundaries was causing some texts, calls and emails before 7 am and after 9 pm. Being available is part of what we sign up for, but answering inquiries at all hours is a quick way to burnout.

Oct 13, 2017 05:57 AM #20
Ben Benita

I've been helping Agents balance the 4 B's for years -
Your Body,
Your Being,
Your Bonds,
and Your Business!!!

Get THESE in line and you can't help but be happy. Improve in just one of these areas and it's virtually impossible to get depressed!!!

The ONLY reason you don't have what you want in any of these areas is that you haven't been willing to make the sacrifice...I can help you in any and all of these!!!

Quick Exercise:
Take 2 minutes, make a list of EVERYONE you love and EVERYONE you could help and inspire if you got your life together.

Now, imagine they are all at your funeral giving eulogies....will ANY of them say:

_______ had a BIG house?
_______had a great car?

or will they say:
_____was a great friend,
______was a great father,
________helped kids, animals, homeless

Lots of ways to change your thinking....change your thinking.....Change Your Life And The Lives Of EVERYONE Around You!!!

Oct 13, 2017 07:27 AM #21
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village

Oh we've all been there....ignore and snap at the ones we love when overworked and stressed.  This is usually b/c clients do not understand we are juggling several deals at once, all in various stages.  Taking some time off--even just a half hour --planning a vacation, turning the phone down--crucial to long term mental health.

Oct 13, 2017 03:08 PM #22
Rita Harris
W.P. & Assoc. - Seattle, WA
Specialty: Immigrant families & vintage homes

I love the advice as well as the comments therefollowing.  I cannot however, work well with those parameters at this time.

For me, working late seems to be what needs to happen.  Here in Seattle, where people get off work 4:30-7pm then slog our horrific traffic just to see a house before they lose it.... I need to be available to show houses 6pm-9pm when the lockbox stills works.  I start taking calls at 10am and if it needs attention before then, my biz partner handles those.

I enjoy working late at night when the phones stop ringing.

As to scheduling days off.... novel concept! lol  I will book times for a play, movie, social time off.  Entire week off was horrible.  It's interesting to hear other people's take on what works!

Oct 13, 2017 11:29 PM #23
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

All very good points. Its' so easy to skip meals, not drink enough water, and work non-stop.  Shutting down and being present is very important for a family!

Oct 15, 2017 01:33 PM #24
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Preach it Doug, preach it. GREAT MESSAGE!

Oct 24, 2017 08:36 PM #25
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