Work/Life Balance. It's such a trendy phrase, isn't it? But now that so many people are working remotely, the line between work and home is starting to blur. Add in the demanding culture of real estate, and your personal life can really start to suffer.
Here are five things you can do today to start to define your two lives.
Make "NO" a part of your vocabulary.
There's a temptation to be always available to the people with whom and for whom we work. After all, when a client texts at 9:00 on a Saturday morning wanting to see a home, there's a need to meet their expectations. In this market, that's a no-brainer. However, because real estate requires us to say "yes" as often as possible, it's important to let "no" be a bigger part of our vocabulary when it can be. Prioritize your yeses and nos. Can you set a standard for yourself in which you only meet with new clients on a particular day of the week? Can you limit yourself to two marketing events per month?
A great way to help balance your priorities is the Eisenhower Matrix.
Studies show that taking a 15-minute break every 75-90 minutes allows your brain the rest it needs to absorb and retain information, allowing you to literally work smarter. Set an alarm on your phone to go off at 90-minute intervals. When the alarm goes off, take a short stroll around the block, talk to a co-worker, or do a set of squats or lunges in your office. Your body and mind will thank you.
Take a Lunch
Be honest - when was the last time you took a real lunch break? Not a quick bite in the lounge, not a networking lunch, and not a sandwich in front of your computer. Take a real 30-60 minute break to eat and refocus your day.
Set clear boundaries and communicate your work hours to your colleagues and clients, including when you'll be working and when you won't be available to respond. Give yourself and your family the gift of a workday that ends at 5:00pm. If clients know what to expect from the beginning, they won't be frustrated if your reply takes some time.
Ask for Help
People love to be thought of as experts and respected for their opinions. Look at the people around you to determine who seems the most relaxed and balanced. Ask what that person does to maintain work/life balance in their own day-to-day routine. Their ideas may spark an inspiration to change up your own routine.