Who needs a life? You do. When you’re juggling showings, listing presentations, budgeting for your business, late-night phone calls from clients, marketing campaigns, and so much more, it can feel like you only have time for work. Have you ever considered seriously what your time is worth?  

Learn about effective work habits that real estate pros use to ensure they don’t get burn out and have time for a personal life.

Some real estate pros block out time for quick, frequent breaks to meditate or get some fresh air, while others have a strict cutoff time every night when they stop responding to calls, texts, and emails. However you choose to balance your work and life, learn how you can set up systems to help meet clients’ needs and your own.


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Impact of COVID-19 on Work/Life Balance

5 Tips to Increase Productivity While Working Remotely (SHRM, May 6, 2020)

3 Rituals to Adopt During The Coronavirus Crisis That Increase Productivity (Forbes, May 4, 2020)

The Productivity Pitfalls of Working from Home in the Age of COVID-19 (Stanford News, Mar. 30, 2020)

Here’s What Parents Dealing With Coronavirus Isolation Want You To Know (Buzzfeed, Mar. 20, 2020)

Impact of Work/Life Balance

Cities for the Best Work-Life Balance 2019 (Kisi, Aug. 1, 2019)

Top cities in the ranking for work-life balance:

  • San Diego
  • Portland
  • San Francisco
  • Minneapolis
  • New York City

Top overworked cities in the ranking:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Houston
  • Atlanta
  • Seattle
  • Chicago

The Impact of Work-Life Balance on Job Engagement and Turnover Intention (South East Asian Journal of Management, Apr. 30, 2019) E

“…a proper balance between work and life demands is an antecedent for employee engagement, be-cause factors of employers, such as caring about employees, placing employees’ interests first and flexibility are predictors of employee engagement. Therefore, balancing one role will benefit the other role.”

Value of Striking a Balance

The Importance of Striking the Right Work-Life Balance (Entrepreneur, Oct. 17, 2018)

  • It affects your health
  • Long hours don’t make a difference
  • Your personal relationships are at risk

Feeling Overworked? Here’s What Happens to Your Mind (and Body) When You Work Long Hours (Fast Company, Aug. 7, 2018)

  • Adverse health effects
  • Impaired communication
  • Less productivity

Strategies for Achieving Balance

26 WFH Tips While Self-Isolating During the COVID-19 Outbreak (Harvard Business Review, Mar. 31, 2020)

Balancing Work and Elder Care Through the Coronavirus Crisis (Harvard Business Review, Mar. 31, 2020)

What Do Today’s Employees Want? Balance and Benefits, for Starters (Corridor Business Journal, Apr. 29-May 5, 2019) E

Perks that attract employees looking for work life balance, as well as differences between generational preferences.

Promoting a Balanced Life (Fast Company, May 1, 2019) E

Promoting the four-day workweek as a strategy to achieve lower levels of stress, higher levels of job satisfaction, and a greater sense of work life balance.

5 Ways to Leave Your Work Stress at Work (Harvard Business Review, Mar. 22, 2019)

  • Communicate appropriately
  • Transition before you get home
  • Find a confidant
  • Set a day aside
  • Gratitude

The Healthy Workplace (Training Journal, Mar. 1, 2019) E

  • Manage your time in the most effective way for you
  • Take time for yourself
  • Work-life balance
  • Avoid burnout
  • Remain flexible

Freelance Lifestyle: Creating a Work-Life Balance Is Important to Continued Success (USA Today, Oct. 22, 2018)

  • Set a flexible schedule
  • Set aside time for the administrative side of your business
  • Don’t over-commit
  • Outsource when possible
  • Designate a work space
  • Leave time for the things you love
  • Communicate when you’re “out of office”
  • Schedule your week in advance

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