It’s been a while since I’ve published a blog for you all, work has been a bit hectic and when life is hectic, it becomes difficult to sit down and relax enough to feel the creativity to write.
In attempt to ease myself into getting back to my once a week+ blog schedule, I chose to write about something that would come easily to me. Plus, you all voted to hear more about what I do and how I have established work-life balance. I have a ton of fitness and health related topics that are coming up, but I just don’t have the patience to read and research at the moment. Plus, you all voted to hear more about what I do and how I have established work-life balance, so here we are!
I’m sure from previous posts and my insta-stories, you might have picked up on the fact that I am a Realtor. If not, now you know! In this post, I’ll elaborate a bit on what I do, what a work day/week looks like for me, and then I’ll share some tips on how I stay balanced with my sometimes hectic career.
As I mentioned before, I am a Realtor (Licensed Real Estate Agent) for The SURE Group of Remax Sails; helping people buy, sell, and sometimes even rent real estate! Yes, I am the person you see showing homes on House Hunters on HGTV, but it’s a lot more than that!
I am primarily focused in the Baltimore area. I am licensed for all of Maryland, but because I live in Baltimore, I have focused my business there in addition to surrounding areas.
I work with all kinds of clients, but one of my niches is the builder client, where I work to find homes that need renovating and watch as they turn a sad-looking property into a beautiful home. It becomes even more fun when one of my buyer clients likes a builder client’s home, because then they can select the finishes of their home as the builder builds! (If you live in Baltimore and are interested in this – definitely let me know!)
What a typical day/week look like…
As a Realtor (well heck, as a salesperson), I never have two days exactly alike. Being 100% commission, my days are completely run by the appointments I set with clients, because let’s be honest, closing business is priority. Most people aren’t able to meet during the work day/week, so my weekdays are usually extremely flexible with occasional appointments during the day or in the evening. I usually hit the office anywhere from 2-6 hours each day during the week, with one day focused on home chores (i.e. laundry, vacuuming, etc.)
Weekends are a different story. I was really nervous about giving up my weekends before I jumped into this position, but this is the fun part of my job. On a typical weekend, I hold 2-3 open houses in beautiful homes, usually in the city but not always. Not only is it fun to sit in a beautiful home, this is where I meet the majority of my client base, so it gives me extra motivation to really show up and continue to do it week in and week out. Aside from open houses, I am showing houses to my buyer-clients to help them find their dream home! That’s my favorite part of the job.
With a schedule that’s pretty much the opposite of a routine, work-life balancing is somewhat of an art form.
Some might think that because I am the creator of my own schedule, work-life balance would come easily. I’ll be the first to say it definitely can, but can also be compromised when it’s paired with a position that if you don’t work, you don’t make money (aka… can’t pay the bills). On top of that, a social life is tough when you are working when everyone else is not.
I’ll be the first to say, I have not mastered this art form that is work-life balance. It is a work in progress, but one I have developed some pretty good habits to lay the foundation for a sustainable career and a happy life.
So, let’s dive in.
1. Put EVERYTHING in your calendar.
And I mean everything. If you look at my calendar, I plan my workouts (and SCHEDULE them) in my calendar on Sundays. I also put trips away, time to hang with the girlfriends, and time with Conor and my family in my calendar so I can’t schedule anything work-related over them. If you don’t schedule your personal life, your work life will take over.
2. Schedule recurring events.
Both professionally and personally. Conor and I established “Family Night” with my parents every Monday. I have a favorite spin and yoga class, so I typically go to those each week. Professionally, it’s tough, but I have a general guideline I follow (office 4-5 days a week for at least 2 hours), and 2-3 hours at minimum prospecting each week.
3. When you’re with friends and family, UNPLUG!
I’ll be the first to admit I suck at this. I am constantly checking my email or tending to my Instagram in the evenings, but I feel quite refreshed when I do. If you’re going on date-night or out with the girls, make it a habit to put your phone on Do Not Disturb to ensure they have your full attention and you enjoy your social time.
4. Communication is key.
Much of my communication with clients is after the hours of 9 and 5. There are instances where (for example) I’m spending time with Conor and need to get out my computer to get something done. It’s important to communicate with your loved ones why you’re signing back on to get sh*t done. It’s also rare, but if Conor fusses about me not being around on a Saturday where he wants to do something together, I remind him of the importance of me getting out there and working.
5. Don’t bring the stress of work home.
If you had a bad day, make sure you don’t end up taking it out of your loved ones. Take a deep breath before you walk through the door and remember, no matter what you dealt with that day, your loved ones don’t deserve to get the brunt of it.
6. Don’t be afraid to say no.
If you look at your calendar and feel stressed, learn to say no. If you are feeling quite over-scheduled, it’s time to prioritize and maybe even drop the things that aren’t serving you.
In any aspect of your life. Some people decide to pay someone to clean their home because it frees them up to get more done either professionally or personally. Personally, I pay someone to do branch of my marketing so I have more time! Don’t try and be superwoman, to allocate is to give you more time.
8. Decide (and be in control of) how you want to spend your time.
Take a long look at your goals and make sure your schedule is conducive to achieving those goals. If it’s not, you’re going to run yourself into the ground trying to achieve them. The way you spend your time will determine your success, so learn to control and be efficient with your time.
9. Let go of perfectionism.
Trying to be perfect will also run you into the ground. Learn to just “do” and you’ll save yourself a lot of time, which in turn frees up more time for the fun stuff.
10. Take care of yourself.
Probably the second most important (behind scheduling everything). You must learn to take care of yourself through exercise, healthy eating, and getting enough sleep. By doing these things, you put yourself in a better state to achieve professionally, which will help your personal life flourish.
When working to achieve success, work-life balance becomes a bit of an art-form. The most important thing to remember is if you’re not in control of your schedule, you’re not in control of your life. The moment you take control of your schedule, you will thrive both professionally and personally.
I hope you found these tips helpful! If you have any tips yourself, leave them in the comment section below!
If you live in the Baltimore-Maryland Area…
And know someone looking to buy or sell a home…
Each referral I receive, I always reward the referee. If you know someone looking to buy or sell and you send them my way… I will thank you in dividends!
Or are looking to buy or sell yourself…
If you’re looking to buy or sell a home and mention you found out about me from my blog, I’ll give you a $250 credit towards your closing costs!
Either way, let me know by contacting me here!