4 Time Saving Tips You’re Not Utilizing as a Real Estate Agent
Are you the kind of person that wakes up every morning with the intent of conquering the day? Yet somehow, by the end of the day you wonder why you haven’t accomplished much. Well you’re not alone. Many people struggle with managing their time to get things done.
I’m going to give you 4 super effective and time saving life hacks you can start utilizing today. Are you ready? Here we go:
Tip #1: Pre-write your Blogs, Social Media Posts, and Advertising.
Create your social media posts for the week in advance.
Boom, it’s that easy!
Believe us, getting all of your content out on the table and ready to post once a week will free up your mind and time for other important tasks. Hootsuite is a great tool for pre-scheduling online posts. Go to your app store and download it right now: it’s free. In the app, you simply upload your content and it posts for you at a scheduled time!
Are your content management systems still taking up too much of your time? Consider asking for help from the professionals. Englance Social is a great resource for social media management. Of course we are a little bias here, but we do take the time to get to know you, your farm market, and work hard to tell your brand story.
Tip #2: Time Block – Time Management 101.
This simple time management tool canlead to a drastic spike in productivity. Let’s dive into time blocking.
To start, find a quiet working space that allows for little to no distractions. Next, break up your most important tasks you need to complete for the day into bite sized pieces. Make sure the tasks combined will not last more than a few hours in total. Put your very most important task on the top of the list, and start the list when you are most productive. For many people
that is first thing in the morning, but it doesn’t have to be. Only move on to the next task after you have completed the previous one until you have completed your list of tasks. Now is the time to take a break, eat some lunch, and relax.
Then you have the rest of your day to get all of your less important, miscellaneous work done. And just like that, you feel accomplished and satisfied with the work you completed for the day.
There are plenty of in depth blogs and articles on time blocking if you want to dive deeper. We like this one written about a real estate agent’s time blocking habits: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226231
Tip #3: Save Time by Batching Your Tasks.
This trick will save you a ton of time and headache, especially if you find yourself bouncing around from task to task during the day. We’ve all had those moments when information is being spewed out from every outlet, racing towards us at 100 miles per hour. Calls, emails, errands, meetings, assignments and even your family’s needs seem to all demand your attention at once. Us humans like to think we are good at multitasking, but in reality, studies have shown trying to manage multiple tasks at once slows down productivity.
Try setting two times a day to reply to all of your emails: don’t check your email unless it’s during one of those two times. Spend 2-3 hours a day calling potential leads, and nothing else. Schedule all of your errands or meetings back to back if you have the choice. Batching has proven to be a tool people have found success in, and here’s why:
- It reduces “switching gears”. Getting started on one task after ending another takes time to get into the correct mindset. Batching allows for less of this unproductive time and more time actually working.
- It reduces mental clutter. Your mind is cleared knowing you have completed that task for the day. Instead of stressing about writing blog posts once a day, pre-write them all once a week and be free of worry the rest of the week. It’s so simple yet so effective.
- It improves your focus. Bouncing around from email to calls to meetings doesn’t allow for you to get into a flow. Working on one task for a longer period of time gives you momentum and has a way of blocking distractions from the outside world.
Time Saving Tip #4: Know When to Delegate!
As a relator, you have a diverse and lengthy list of tasks that need to be completed every day. There’s no doubt your job can get overwhelming. So, why not delegate some of your simpler tasks so you can do more? It may be advantageous for your business to hire a virtual assistant. If you aren’t familiar, virtual assistants are usually freelance individuals that take care of your administrative work for you from a remote location.
Your assistant can reach out to your potential leads, write blog posts, manage your website, do market research to discover your target audience’s current needs, and much more. Finding, hiring and training your virtual assistant does come with an upfront cost. You can expect to pay between 10 and 30 dollars an hour for their services. However, in the business world, you really do need to spend money to make money. Investing in an extra hand can increase productivity, lead generation, and ultimately take care of the simpler work so you can focus on big ticket tasks.
Start by utilizing at least one of these tips today! Make a short list of the most important tasks that you want to accomplish tomorrow (we recommend keeping it between 1 and 3). Set aside a 4-hour block in the morning dedicated strictly to these tasks. Don’t let anything compromise this time! Feel great all day knowing the most important tasks are done early.
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Did you have some great time saving tricks of your own? What are some practices you have found in your own day-to-days that save you time—and help you get more done?
Let us know in the comments.