Avoiding Burnout

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Elite Group - Palm Springs / La Quinta, CA BRE# 01167143

I love being a Realtor, and for the past 30 years I have truly enjoyed helping buyers and sellers navigate the often emotional and tumultuous waters of buying or selling a home. It is very important to me to maximize their experience by making each customer feel they have an agent who is representing their best interest and as their advocate and I hope to always exceed their expectations. It requires being empathetic and sensitive to each client’s particular needs and my goal is to streamline the process and create a hassle-free experience.   

There are many challenges in our profession that are not normally reflected in your popular real estate cable shows. Avoiding burnout is crucial for realtors who often face demanding work schedules and high-pressure situations. Here are some strategies I try to implement that I hope will help realtors prevent burnout:

Prioritize self-care: Take care of your physical and mental well-being. Get enough sleep, exercise regularly, pre-plan healthy meals, and practice stress-reducing activities like meditation or yoga. Make time for activities you enjoy outside of work.

Set boundaries: Establish clear boundaries between work and personal life.

Identify tasks that can be delegated to others, such as administrative work or marketing and consider hiring an assistant or using virtual assistants to help with routine tasks.

Time management: prioritizing tasks and creating a schedule. Break down large projects into smaller, manageable tasks.

Take regular breaks: short breaks can help refresh your mind and increase productivity.

Seek support and networking: I occasionally hire a life coach and connect with other realtors for support and advice. Sharing experiences and challenges with peers can provide valuable insights and help you manage stress.

Maintain a positive mindset: Focus on the aspects of your work that you enjoy and find fulfilling. I often read positive self-help books, say positive affirmations, and work on my mindset. I try to focus on quieting my mind and sometimes this a challenge.

I try to plan quick vacations and downtime that include the ocean or mountain trail hikes, Having planned breaks in advance can give you something to look forward to and ensure you have dedicated time for relaxation.

Seeking professional help if needed is also an option If you find yourself overwhelmed or experiencing symptoms of burnout. They can provide guidance and tools to help you further manage stress and prevent burnout effectively.

Preventing burnout is an ongoing process that requires self-awareness and proactive measures. I find that my nature walks, play guitar, walking the dog, and listening to healing music to be very beneficial and therapeutic. By implementing some of these strategies, I hope you can reduce the risk of burnout and maintain a healthier work-life balance as a Realtor.

Posted by

Gregory Manns, Realtor

HomeSmart Professionals

47-060 Washington Street | La Quinta, CA 92253

(760) 406-2900 Mobile | (760) 619-2653 Fax


CA BRE #01167143

Comments (17)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net


Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as

follows. I would love the follow back. Bill

Jun 12, 2023 06:19 AM
Gregory Manns

Thank you so very much Bill!

I'm happy to follow you back.

Wishing you a great day. Greg

Jun 12, 2023 08:45 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Absolutely - taking care of ourselves (and really, anyone who runs their own business) is a must!

Jun 17, 2023 05:32 AM
Gregory Manns

Thank you so much Kat for your kind comment.

Wishing you a great weekend.

Jun 17, 2023 08:22 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

Nice post, go for it make it public.  

Jun 17, 2023 05:53 AM
Gregory Manns

Thank you for your encouragement and kind comment.

Very much appreciated!

Jun 17, 2023 08:23 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Gregory,
Burnout in real estate is real. We could make a strong case for sabbaticals every 7 years or so.

Jun 17, 2023 06:25 AM
Gregory Manns

Thank you for sharing Carol, I love your idea of a occasional sabbaticals. Sounds like smart advice. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Jun 17, 2023 08:25 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

All good ideas to avoid the dreaded burnout syndrome, Gregory. Looks like you're less than 40,000 points to a FREE account. You can do it!

Jun 17, 2023 06:28 AM
Gregory Manns

Thank you so much for your kind comment and encouragement.

Truly appreciated, :)

Jun 17, 2023 08:26 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Great post. All should follow your advice. 

Jun 17, 2023 07:22 AM
Gregory Manns

Thank you so much Lyn.

I truly appreciate your kind comment.

Wishing you a terrific weekend.

Jun 17, 2023 08:28 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

Real estate is my wife's full time job.  Well that and being a Grammy.  So when I get burned out of my full time job real estate helps break up the grind.  And the grandkids do that for my wife.  We have to have someone else productive that brings us joy.

Jun 17, 2023 09:02 AM
Gregory Manns

Thank you so much for sharing Don.

Nothing could be better than having that terrific support and the joy of your grandchildren.

Jun 17, 2023 12:21 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Hi, I just finished a conversation with my sister this morning about self-care - and taking care of ourselves. 

I recently interviewed a new primary care doctor. They call it a meet and greet.

He asked me why I am looking for a new doctor and who is/was my current doctor.

When I told him my current doctor's name, his response was: 

"I know him well. He is burnt out." 

I already knew that given how he spoke to me during my last visit.  That is when I knew it was time to find a new doctor after 35 years!  


Jun 17, 2023 09:07 AM
Kathy Streib

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Estate Specialist I'm in your shoes as well. I'm looking for a new primary care doctor. I'm not sure if she's burned out or doesn't care. 

Jun 17, 2023 10:46 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

I am sorry you are dealing with that as well Kathy Streib 

I've been my doctor's patient for 35 years.  He yelled at me. I kid you not. I am still shaking off the shock from how he treated me.  Yelling - shaking a piece of paper at me. I knew when I left that day it was the end of that road for me.  

I wish you success in finding someone who gives a 💩

Jun 17, 2023 11:13 AM
Gregory Manns

Hi Kathleen and Kathy,

My primary also Doctor just retired after so many years.

Dr. George Wilson understood the stresses of our profession and would remind me there will be tough days...but hand over those tough challenges to God for support and guidance and just do your very best and everything will work out. 

Wishing you both a joy-filled weekend.

Jun 17, 2023 12:36 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello and thank you for sharing the information in this blog to share with us.  Make it a great day!

Jun 17, 2023 09:22 AM
Gregory Manns

Thank you so very much Will.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Jun 17, 2023 12:37 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Gregory- no matter how much you love what you're doing, we can all get burned out some times. You've offered some excellent tips. 

Jun 17, 2023 10:48 AM
Gregory Manns

Hi Kathy,

I am truly appreciative of your kind comments.

Thank you so much, Greg

Jun 17, 2023 12:40 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Gregory Manns it is important to avoid burnout. Very good list of tips to avoid burnout.

Jun 17, 2023 11:40 AM
Gregory Manns

Much agreed John and sure appreciate your very kind comment.

Wishing you a terrific day, Greg

Jun 17, 2023 12:42 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Taking time off to unwind is such an important component of mental health.  Glad you are doing this!

Jun 17, 2023 03:45 PM
Gregory Manns

Thank you Lynnea for your comments.

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

Jun 17, 2023 08:41 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Burnout is so real and can come upon anyone of us if we are not watching out for ourselves and others around us!  Great Post Gregory Manns 

Jun 17, 2023 05:00 PM
Gregory Manns

Thank you again Diana for your thoughtful comments.

So very true, we have to be very sensitive to ourselves and helpful to those close to us.

Jun 17, 2023 08:44 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Great points Gregory Manns and good luck getting to the next points plateau! Family vacations help unplug to recharge and keep you balanced, focused and productive. Plus a positive attitude, sense of humor, work ethic and organization help you and others around you in the real estate trenches.

Jun 18, 2023 03:29 AM
Gregory Manns

Outstanding points Andrew and so very true.

Thank you for your kind comments and encouragement.

Jun 19, 2023 10:02 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This is a very good post and I hope that you will post more often in the Rain, especially since you are fairly close to receiving a free account.

Jun 18, 2023 05:17 AM
Gregory Manns

Thank you for your very kind comment and encouragement Brian.

It's sincerely appreciated. Wishing you a great day.

Jun 19, 2023 10:09 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I did reach burnout and retired, many years ago.

Jun 18, 2023 01:22 PM
Gregory Manns

Hello Roy, please know how appreciative I am for your comments and support. Wishing you a wonderful day.

Jun 19, 2023 10:11 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Glad I discovered you today Gregory Manns 

Learning how to create boundaries

saying no to clients who are not a fit

scheduling your vacation, no matter what

outsourcing things you no longer wish to do

and networking with your peers...please consider joining us as we zoom every Tuesday at 2pm eastern.  Look at Q/A Mondays when Kathleen Daniels provides the link and topic - Sundays George Souto blogs about the topic and provides the line - Saturdays Carol Williams blogs second chance


Hope to meet you soon😎

Jun 22, 2023 11:52 AM
Gregory Manns

Thank you so very much Eileen for your wonderful comment, observations, plus the nice invitation. I look forward to the opportunity to network and learn. Wishing you a fantastic day!

Jun 23, 2023 08:44 AM