Overview

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.

References

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Impact of COVID-19 on Work/Life Balance

Is ‘Work-Life Integration’ The New ‘Work-Life Balance’? (Fast Company, Aug. 14, 2020)

Good News: Americans Are Reporting Improved Work-Life Balance Levels (Time Out, Aug. 7, 2020)

How the Pandemic May Change ‘Work-Life Balance’ Forever (BloombergQuint, Aug. 1, 2020)

How Has The COVID-19 Pandemic Changed The Future Of Work? (Facility Executive, Jul. 23, 2020)

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)

Impact of Work/Life Balance

To See How a City Embraces Remote Work, Look to Helsinki (City Metric, Aug. 5, 2020)

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

Work, Life and Why I Feel Balanced Even During COVID (Human Resource Executive, Jul. 23, 2020)

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

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