Our ReMax Real Estate Team uses the following principles to help keep our team focused and efficient. Our realtors and support staff have been implementing these strategies for time management in both work and personal areas of their lives and found themselves to be more productive and less stressed.
Please read the following tips and remarks from Remax Realtor Jay Magnussen and let us know in your comments tips for how you manage your time, and strategies for improving. Thanks!
Prioritize tasks. At the start of the day our real estate team sits together to make a list of tasks that need to be accomplished, individually and as a team. Our strategy is to focus our immediate attention on the most important tasks and once those are accomplished time may be given to other tasks or unimportant tasks could be carried forward to next day. In short, prioritize your tasks to focus on those that are more important.
Delegate tasks. Delegation is not running away from your responsibilities but is an important function of management and productivity. Learn the art of delegating work to your co-workers or employees as per their skills and abilities in order to focus your time on tasks best suited to your skill set. This is one of the most valuable tools to Remax Realtor Jay Magnussen "Surround yourself with excellent people, delegate and let them do their job!"
Avoid procrastination. Procrastination is one of the things that badly affect productivity. It can result is wasting essential time and energy. It should be avoided at all costs. As a Realtor and real estate team, we are accountable to oursevles and our clients if we procrastinate and if we do not accomplish tasks. It is a self-driven business. It could be a major problem in both your career and your personal life. CLICK HERE to read 11 tips on how to stop procrastinating.
Create deadlines. When you have a task at hand, set a realistic deadline and stick to it. Try to set a deadline few days before the task so that you can complete all those tasks that may get in the way. Challenge yourself and meet the deadline. Reward yourself for meeting a difficult challenge.
Use a schedule. Realtor Jay Magnussen suggests - "Use technology to it's fullest potential - use the calendar in your smart phone, set reminders, sync your desktop with your other devces so you always have access to your schedule." If you're not adept with technology, carry a planner or notebook with you and list all the tasks that come to your mind. Make a simple ‘To Do’ list before the start of the day, prioritize the tasks, and make sure that they are attainable. To better manage your time management skills, you may think of making 3 lists: work, home, and personal.
Take breaks. Steal breaks whenever you can. If you can find 10-15 minutes, or if you can afford to take off for 10-15 days periodically. Between tasks - take a walk, powernap, listen to music - take a break! Too much stress can take toll on your body and affect your productivity. The best idea is to take off from work and spend time with your friends and family. You will be better prepared to work once you feel rejuvinated.
Learn to say no! Politely refuse to accept additional tasks if you think that you’re already overloaded. Take a look at your ‘To Do’ list before agreeing to take on extra work. For some people this can be very difficult, so work at it and reward yourself.
Stop multi-tasking. Multitaskers often seem to think they get more accomplished, but it’s not always the most productive or efficient route. Studies have shown our minds work better when we are truly able to focus and concentrate on one thing.