There’s nothing worse than getting to the end of the week and realising that many tasks on your to-do-list have been left unchecked. There’s no charming real estate genie who’s going to sneak past reception at 5pm and save you from them, so you better get cracking now, lest spend your precious weekend off with your nose buried in work.
We don’t have to tell you how busy your life is, but we can give you tips on how to use your time effectively, so that you never have to work a weekend again. Here’s how to wake the precious time management genie that’s laying dormant inside you.
The early bird catches the worm. The way you start your day will set the tone for the rest of it, so implement an effective morning routine that you’ll actually stick to. This should always begin with a nutritious breakfast but can also include doing some stretches, going for a brisk walk or taking 10 minutes out of your morning to sit and savour your coffee rather than chugging it down on the run. Now that you’re feeling centred and your mind is clear, it’s time to transport this energy into the office, so aim to be the first one in there with a beaming smile on your face. Your mind is fresh, so the more you can pump out before 9am the better, you’ll be hours ahead of your competitors and can walk in your front door at 5pm rather than 8:30pm.
While every property is different, the selling process is generally the same. Instead of starting from scratch every time you need to organise marketing collateral or write up a contract, be prepared. Have pre-filled templates ready in folders you can easily access from your desktop so you can whip up forms in minutes. You might even write up a checklist to help you navigate and streamline the entire process. This will ensure that nothing falls through the cracks. Set up a planner and define your goals for the week so you aren’t mindlessly jumping around between tasks. Having this overview will make you feel more in control so you can focus on the job at hand.
Write a To-Do-List
Now that you’re organised and know what needs to be done, get pen to paper and prioritise your tasks. It can be satisfying to physically tick off a job once it’s complete and this will motivate you to continue ploughing through your list. We recommend starting off with the least enjoyable items and saving the best till last, just like you did as a kid when you were told to eat your veggies before you chow into your mac and cheese. This routine will decrease your stress levels and make you feel like you’ve got a handle on what needs to be done, and when.
Work During Time Snippets
Is your client running ten minutes late? Perhaps you’ve finished setting up for an OFI and viewers are yet to arrive. This is all idle time that you can capitalise on to get some of those menial tasks out of the way. This could include a follow up call or replying to an email you didn’t get a chance to send this morning. If you have your phone on you, you have everything you need to tick some of those items off your to-do-list. What are you doing reading this blog for? Get cracking! 😜
Learn to Delegate
Don’t run yourself ragged. You have a team for a reason and they are all there to support you as you work towards a greater goal. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it, it’s better to put your ego on the line and get the job done quickly rather than wasting hours fluffing around for no good reason. Your morning meetings are a great place to assign tasks and establish deadlines, so plan your day and map out your priorities before it begins so that you can squeeze the most out of this time.
Time Out is Key
As counteractive as it sounds, don’t forget to unplug and take time out for yourself. A good quality sleep each night is essential for your brain to function optimally. This means turning your phone to sleep mode and avoiding too much tech time in the bedroom. If stress starts to rear its ugly head during the day, take five minutes for some deep breathing and mindfulness exercises.
If you follow these tips and manage your time during the week wisely, you’ll get your weekends back and your Sundays will feel exactly like they are meant to. You’ll be relaxed and able to do all the things you love outside of your 9-5 grind.