Working in the real estate industry is no walk in the park. It’s more than just being able to sell a property, it involves being knowledgeable in law, negotiation, social media, sales and even business.
After starting out as individual real estate broker, perseverance paid off in the form of REBAP Makati and KW Philippines. All these milestones weren’t handed to me on a silver platter, it took an accumulation of hard and smart work to attain them.
STRUGGLES OF A REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL
With our busy schedules and endless pursuit to close deals, perhaps we don’t realize that we’re already compromising our personal lives at the expense of our profession.
Not Enough Time - In order to make a lot of progress and close deals with clients, you’re always on your toes when it comes to making sure that you are catering to their needs, to the point that you don’t even have a weekend.
Not Enough Sales - Being in real estate centralizes around making the sale in order to make money. Furthermore, you don’t keep all the commission that you make because you are either running a business or working for a company that uses a percentage for the operations.
Not Enough Job Opportunities - Other than selling properties, looking for a seller or developer to hire you to sell their properties are not always that simple. So while you look for leads to sell to, you’re also working to earn the trust of owners to have you sell for them.
Not Enough Results - A day in the life of a real estate professional involves a lot of rejections, stressful situations that require you to figure out how to make connections with people. All that effort doesn’t produce noticeable outcomes until you’re in it for the long-run. Being consistent is a factor that will help you to become successful.
ACHIEVING WORK-LIFE BALANCE IN REAL ESTATE
After presenting all the challenges, I’m sure you’re looking for solutions to overcome these. But with the weight of our careers, I’m here to advice you instead on how important it is to achieve work-life balance instead. Once you can settle the perfect stability in both your professional and personal life, everything else will surely follow.
Here’s a few reasons why you should strive to achieve work-life balance in real estate:
- Have full control and management of your time and life
- Create better relationships
- Reduce stress levels and conflicts
- Stay motivated and productive
STAYING FOCUSED & ENERGIZED
In the journey to achieve work-life balance in real estate, being focused and energized to perform well and still be able to have time for your personal life. So how do I do it?
1. Accept Imperfections
Seeing that mistakes are inevitable, you should start by adjusting your mindset that it’s better to have work done with some flaws, as opposed to seeking perfection but not getting anything done. Don’t overwhelm yourself with minor details, you’ll end up getting a burnout.
2. Set Realistic Expectations
Know when your high in energy and get tasks done during those times. Instead of tackling them all in one-go, start small and build them up gradually. As they say, divide and conquer. You can try setting SMART Goals or organizing your tasks according to the Eisenhower’s Principle.
3. Be Prepared For Anything
Learn to become flexible. Whenever you find yourself having some time in your hands, use it to accomplish something on your to-do list, whether it’s for work or for your personal life. But as much as possible, separate both of them. Work at work and live your life. A good tip is to plan the night before or an hour before your shift starts to stay objective throughout the day.
4. Create A Focus Space
Drink enough caffeine at the right time. Once you feel energized, set your workstation into a quiet and impenetrable space, away from distractions. Put on some instrumental music that’ll keep you awake. Avoid multitasking because that will divide your attention and slow down your efficiency. Learn to say no to anything you can’t commit yourself to.
5. Appreciate Moments Of Freedom
In a hectic industry like real estate, remember to take breaks. While I said to try and accomplish something in your free time, one of them can be to just take a breather and live in the moment. Talk to a friend or family and have a good laugh. Perhaps consider a quick activity to regenerate and feel pampered. Get a massage or take a power nap. Spend a few moments away from blue light exposure and go out to nature.
6. Back To Basics
We often neglect ourselves when we’re so busy, we forget the importance of our health and personal relationships. Eat smaller, more frequent meals with proteins and vitamins to keep energized; drink water to stay hydrated, get enough sleep, exercise and meditate. Other than dressing well, maintain a good hygiene. If you can detox your life from things and people that are unhealthy for you.
WE CAN DO THIS!
At the end of the day, we all work hard to live a good life, it shouldn’t be the other way around where we live to work. Success in real estate will definitely come to those with a positive growth mindset.
In my years as a Realtor, I stay committed enough to make sure that my clients receive only the best service in their search for the ideal property investment. If you want to learn more about becoming a professional in real estate and becoming successful, feel free to send me your inquiries so we can work together.