6 Time Management Tips Every Agent Needs
As spring wears on, real estate professionals are faced with a number of timely demands, pulling them in multiple directions all at once. Finding some good time management tips and incorporating them into everyday work is often the best tactic available.
Here are six great ways to get the most out of every hour of your day, to ensure you're always exactly where you need to be:
1) Schedule as much as possible
One of the best methods for agents to ensure they're on task is to be able to refer back to a pre-planned schedule as much as possible, according to Agent Inner Circle. While it's impossible to plan for every minute of every day, as long as you have a loose outline written down and, perhaps, saved in your phone with push notification reminders, you'll be more likely to stick to whatever work you need to do throughout a given week.
2) Focus on what you do best
Although everyone has their strengths and weaknesses as an agent, when you're pressed for time it can be helpful to handle the things you're best at first. That way, you can deal with some problems quickly and easily, get them out of the way, give yourself a sense of accomplishment and then finally turn your attention to the other potentially daunting issues you need to tackle.
3) Avoid multi-tasking
One mistake professionals in just about any industry makes when they're pressed for time is trying to do two or more things at once. Simply put, it doesn't work because if you're not devoting your full attention to the job at hand, you're not getting the most out of your time. Don't divide your attention and you'll be able to get through everything just a bit quicker.
4) Find what you need to prioritize
When you have a lot of things on your plate all at once, focusing on the one that's most important can also be a crucial move, according to Real Estate Express. Once you have a big issue that might be taking up a lot of mental space out of the way, the smaller issues may become much easier to handle.
5) Don't get distracted
Especially at this time of year, agents have a ton on their plates and need to juggle a lot of different responsibilities simultaneously. But if you're trying to work on a blog post about a new listing and you find yourself idly checking your personal Facebook or Twitter, you're going to burn a lot of hours over the course of the week that could have been better spent. With that in mind, if you're sitting down to accomplish a task, focusing only on that task can go a long way.
6) Rely on technology
Whenever possible, if you find yourself running into the same time-related problems over and over again, it might be a good idea to do a web search for any tech solutions that can help you spend less time doing the things that have traditionally taken the longest. If you can find a way to save even an hour a week, that adds up to more than a full work weeks’ worth of time throughout the year.
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