How To Create A Better Work-Life Balance With Your CRE Career

Commercial Real Estate Work-Life Balance

How To Create A Better Work-Life Balance With Your CRE Career

Creating a good work-life balance seems to be a goal that many commercial real estate professionals want, yet they have no idea how to actually achieve it. As an entrepreneur it can be hard to set boundaries because you don’t want to miss an important call from a client or miss out on a potential deal with a new prospect. However, separating your work life from your personal life can actually help your business in the long run. Here’s how to work towards creating the work-life balance you’ve been dreaming of:

Set Work Time and Personal Time

Start out by making clear work hours for yourself. Whether that’s the traditional Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm schedule, or something entirely different that works best for you and your clients, set a schedule that you can stick to from week to week. During your work hours, be fully devoted to your work. When it’s not your work hours, be fully devoted to your personal life. There needs to be a clear separation between work time and personal time or you will feel like you’re always working; and your family will start complaining that you’re never fully present when you’re with them.

Don’t Respond During Non-Work Hours

With all of the wonderful technology that we have today, our office can be in the palm of our hand. While that can be a great thing, it can also make you feel like you have to answer your phone and respond to emails at all times of the day. Just like you’re setting “office hours” above, give yourself a time frame that you will not respond to phone calls and emails. If you always respond to emails at 10:00pm at night, your clients will expect it every time. However, if you respond to emails the next morning, your clients will respect your boundaries. It is so easy to become distracted by our phones after work hours, so make it a habit to set your phone down and enjoy quality time with your family and friends. Disconnecting during non-work hours can help you feel more energetic the next day, as well as give you more time to focus on yourself, your family, and your friends.

Schedule Your Personal Life

As a busy commercial real estate professional, I’m sure you keep a pretty organized schedule. You schedule in time for client meetings, time for property tours, and time for networking events. Just like you schedule your work meetings and events, you should schedule your personal life as well. Schedule in time to workout, have dinner with your family, or to take your kids to baseball practice. Talk to your spouse and kids about their schedule and put the important things on your calendar as well. Once you have these personal items on your calendar, it’s easier to stick to them and say no to other things that would interfere with your personal time.

Make Your Time Work For You

We all have the same 24 hours in a day, yet some people are much more productive than others. How do they do it? The key to staying organized in this industry is to effectively utilize a CRM (customer relationship management) software in your business. A CRM that is built for the commercial real estate industry will help you to get organized, boost your productivity so you accomplish more in less time, and will even help you win more deals and make more money. At ClientLook, our commercial real estate software includes access to our exclusive Virtual Assistant team. You can save hours of time each week, simply by sending your CRM data entry and other related tasks to the Virtual Assistant to complete for you. Let them handle the data entry, so you can spend your time working on revenue generating tasks.

With a little planning, and developing your work boundaries, you will be on your way to creating the work-life balance you’ve been dreaming of. See how ClientLook can help you transform your business – and your time – by scheduling a complimentary demo today.

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Chelsy Cardin

Chelsy Cardin - Director of Marketing, ClientLook, Ltd.

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