If that’s the case, then why is your to do list, not getting any shorter?
Part of life is coming to terms with the fact that you’re never going to get it all done. It’s about getting the right things done, and learning some tricks to squeeze a few more things in.
Here are my 3 favorite tips that make all the difference:
- A contractor lock box: These will change your life, especially if you carry a lot of listings. Listings are great, because you are more in control of the schedule, but they still take a lot of time. On average, I have 8 contractors come through a property before it goes on the market. That’s a lot of scheduling! Contractor boxes (the ones with the combination access) are a live saver. This allows contractors to come and go as they please, without me spending hours waiting around. *Note: I only use this for contractors that I know and trust. The rule is: if I would not allow them in my own house unattended, I will not allow them to be in a client’s house unattended.
- A working database: Without a database, you don’t have a business. My database includes all of my clients so that I can market to them, stay in touch, etc. But it also includes agents that I have worked with over the years. You never know when that relationship will come in handy. It also has all of my contractors and vendors. It provides a structure to my day, allows me to be pro active rather than reactive, and lets me easily schedule appointments on the fly because I have everyone’s contact information right where I need it.
- The ability to say no: It’s not always, fun, but sometimes it has to happen so that you can say yes to what really matters. No to watching that extra hour of TV so that you can get up and go to the gym in the morning. No to that time wasting meeting (that you didn’t want to attend anyway) so that you can say yes to meeting with a client. You get the idea. The busier we get, the more opportunities we have, but not all opportunities are created equal. Saying no, is just as important as saying yes.
No matter what you get done in a day, take a moment at the end of it to celebrate your accomplishments. As long as you moved forward, even 1/2 a step, it was a good day.