By Jessie Trapp, Marketing Coordinator
You are one busy professional. Life as an agent is hectic, to say the least. From hosting open houses, to creating content for your marketing channels and engaging with your sphere (don’t even get me started on keeping up with emails), your to-do list seems to go on and on.
With a career like yours, it’s easy for things to get overwhelming and unorganized. That’s why it’s so important to set yourself up for success and be thoughtful about how you structure your professional life. Doing this will help achieve a greater work life balance.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Make weekly appointments.
And by that, I mean appointments with yourself. Dedicating specific time every week to complete your tasks will set the tone for a stress-free life. Not only will it increase your amount of distraction-free work time, but it results in higher quality work all around as opposed to what is produced when scrambling to get things done last minute.
These appointments may be along the lines of dedicating the same morning every week to writing blog content or adding content to your monthly newsletter, and another to calling people within your sphere. An additional area to focus your efforts on a weekly basis is paid advertising to ensure you’re always growing your business, but you probably won’t need a full morning for that one – more like 5 minutes.
Turn your notifications on.
The next step to getting organized is holding yourself accountable to the goals and appointments you set for yourself. You are human, which means that you likely forget things from time to time. Although it’s a normal part of life, it can affect your reputation and hinder the high levels of productivity that you strive to reach. This means that keeping yourself on track will require more than a few sticky note reminders.
Turning on your calendar notifications is a great way to never miss an appointment and keep yourself on track. Adjusting your settings so that you get one notification the day before your appointment, and another one an hour or two before will keep you constantly prepared for what is to come and ensure that you never miss a beat.
Focus on efficiency.
Did you know that removing clutter from your home eliminates 40% of housework? The same idea applies to your professional life.
Even if you are being more mindful about when you do what, it doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to further maximize your efficiency. Leveraging the tech tools that you have available to you is a great way to keep your organization up to par. Making sure that your data and contacts are organized will decrease the amount of time you spend doing busy work and increase the amount of energy you can put into areas that will really make a difference. Organizing your database happens to be one of the most essential steps to successfully engaging with your sphere. Refer to our Agent’s Guide for Engagement with Your Sphere for more tips on that! Hopefully all these tips will help organize your professional life and get you to a work life balance that is more sustainable.