If you’re a busy real estate agent, there’s a good chance you don’t seem to have enough hours in the day. Time management is an essential part of your professional development. So how can you find more time in your day? Consider these time management tips from Realtor Judy Szablak, a busy real estate agent and founder of Szablak Consulting.
Professional Development Tips – Track Your Time
It may sound counterintuitive to add one more to-do to your list, but tracking your time can be very effective as it allows you to understand exactly where you are spending your time.
Once you understand how and where you’re spending your time, you can work to improve your time management and your productivity — two key professional development tips.
Tracking your time is fairly simple. Just keep a log of all the tasks you complete and how long you spend completing each one. This will give you a lot of insight because we’re very inefficient at guesstimating how much time we spend on a particular project. Perception is skewed significantly by our engagement level. When it’s something enjoyable or engaging, time tends to fly, whereas tasks that you dislike may seem a lot longer.
Professional Development Tips – Maximize Downtime
You would be surprised by how much downtime you actually have during your work day. There’s a lot of time that could be spent more efficiently; it’s just a matter of understanding how you can improve your time management in an actionable way.
For instance, if you spend an hour commuting to work, this is time that could be spent multi-tasking. Perhaps it’s a good time to listen to voicemails or perform check-in calls with clients (assuming you can safely travel and talk!)
If you happen to ride the train to work, this time can be spent checking emails or tending to another task that would normally need to wait until you arrive at the office.
Time spent waiting for clients can be used for performing research or replying to emails or tending to other miscellaneous tasks. This actually dovetails nicely with the next bit of advice.
Professional Development Tips – Leverage Technology
Today’s technology enables you to multi-task with ease and you’re no longer tethered to your office; a lot of your work can be performed in the field. This is one of the most vital professional development tips you’ll encounter in today’s tech-centric world: use that technology to your advantage!
In fact, for Realtors, technology allows you to remain out and about in the field when in the days pre-technology, you would have to return to the office to tend to certain tasks. So do as much as possible when you’re out and about and if you don’t need to return to your office, don’t! For many real estate agents, it doesn’t matter where you get the job done, so cut down on travel time and use this time to get ahead on your to-do list.
You should also make it a point to leverage the many devices and apps that can make your job easier, from mileage tracking apps, to file storage apps and beyond.
Professional Development Tips – Delegate and Outsource
At the end of the day, you are just one person and you simply cannot do it all. One of the most important professional development tips you’ll ever encounter is to know when to delegate and outsource.
The top pros in the field focus on doing whatever they do best; the rest, they outsource and delegate. This allows you to focus on your strengths. So don’t try to do it all. Hire a social media marketing firm to manage your social media and email marketing campaigns. Hire an assistant to check in with clients or field questions via email. When it makes sense to delegate, do it!
Grow Your Career With Szablak Consulting Founder and Realtor Judy Szablak
A career consultant like Judy Szablak can provide you with the insights and recommendations you need to succeed in today’s competitive real estate industry. A consultant will not only offer advice and recommendations, but she will also share her valuable knowledge and expertise on topics such as online marketing for Realtors and social media marketing to get leads, to sales motivation tips and other tips to sell more homes!
If you’re ready to take your career to the next level, turn to real estate professional and consultant Judy Szablak, founder and CEO of Szablak Consulting and Best Agents Online, LLC. With Judy’s guidance and expertise, you’ll take your career to new places, finding success that’s beyond what you believed to be possible!
If you’re a real estate agent who is ready to elevate your sales or if you’re a realty owner or manager who’s seeking a dynamic, expert coach to bring a new element of professionalism to your sales team and your brokerage firm, turn to Realtor Judy Szablak of Szablak Consulting. Call 855.438.5839 or complete the booking form.