How to Manage Stress and Maintain a Work-Life Balance

Feeling the pressure at work? Chances are that, if it’s been this way for a while, you’ll eventually burn out. And that’s no good for anyone. Not your agency, not your clients, not you.

In an environment as fast-paced as real estate, however, it’s common for the lines between work life and personal life to get blurred. And nailing the right work-life balance can be a real challenge, especially when you could be working 24/7 and there’d still be more to do.

Working yourself to the bone might produce boosted results for a while, but after continued efforts, you’ll become a diminishing asset. The more work you put in, the less value you’ll provide to your clients, and you’ll end up just going through the motions. Fortunately, there are several tips you can follow to make sure work doesn’t take over. Read on to find out more.

1) Set Clear Priorities

How much time do you actually invest in your absolute priorities? Aside from work, make sure you spend time each week on the things that make you feel good about yourself.

2) Manage Your Time Effectively

It might seem obvious, but at the start (or end) of the week, plan the next 5 working days out in your calendar. Knowing exactly what you have to do each hour of each day will help you to cut back on time wastage, rule out unnecessary tasks, and become fully accountable for your responsibilities each day.

3) Maintain Working Boundaries

Regardless of how much or how little work you have to do, set boundaries on how long you’re going to work for. This will help you to find time for other areas of your life.

For example, once the clock hits 6pm, turn off your phone and head straight for that door. After that time, you need to learn to say no to work requirements. Put the hours in during the day and make anything outside of working hours your time.

4) Enjoy What You Do

You need to love your job. If you don’t enjoy, or even hate, what you do, it’s not going to be worth it in the long run. Consider a change of role within your agency, or if you really can’t stand it, think about a change of career.

5) Practice Financial Fitness

Do you really need that new 54” 3D TV? Could you be happier living in a smaller home with less financial commitment?

Seek professional advice on how to manage your finances. This will take a huge burden off your shoulders. By spending less money, you’ll also be able to work shorter hours and find more time for a fulfilling personal life.

6) Remember to Breathe

Stress is the non-specific response of the body to any demand made upon it. This means that it doesn’t necessarily directly drive you to do anything. It just takes a toll on your physical and mental health in the long-run.

When we’re stressed, we tend to hold our breath. And when the brain absorbs 20% of the oxygen we inhale, stress could indirectly lead to you making less educated decisions.

If you’re feeling stressed, take time to step back and breathe. It will help you to gain perspective on a situation and make more rational decisions.

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