5 tips to manage your time better

May 24, 2019

June is probably the most hectic month of the year for most real estate professionals, likely spending way more than 40 hours a week on the job. To that end, it might be wise to consider ways in which you can do a better job of managing your time this month. Here are five great steps to do so:

1) Rank your tasks by priority

When trying to figure out what you're going to do in a given day or week, it's important to tackle the most important stuff first, according to The Close. Putting it off because it's likely to be time-intensive, for instance, could end up making you work longer than you would have otherwise needed, so ranking everything you're planning to do - on a scale of 1 to 5, perhaps - will give you a good picture of what you need to accomplish and what you can put off.

2) Schedule as much as you can

Once you know what tasks you need to handle, you should also have a pretty good estimate of how much time each will take. That, in turn, allows you to schedule out big chunks of your day so that you have time to focus on the job at hand, and prioritize it over anything else. While there are always inevitable, unavoidable issues that arise throughout the course of a week, giving yourself as good an idea of what you need to do each day is always helpful.

3) Rely on your team

No real estate professional is an island, and you likely have multiple people in your office or wider network who can help you handle certain tasks that you don't have time for yourself. Of course, before asking for help, you should always strive to handle the issues that require the most personal attention first, and then hand off any additional jobs (perhaps those rated "4" or "5" in your weekly rankings) to someone else if you can.

4) Don't push yourself

Just because it's the busy season for the real estate sector and you're already planning to put in more than 40 hours for the next month or so, that doesn't mean you have to say "yes" to everything that comes your way, according to Become a Local Leader. Delegating some tasks where you can is a great way to keep yourself from getting stressed out, but so too is acknowledging that sometimes, you can't do everything you'd like to do.

5) Stay away from the temptation to multitask

As a real estate agent, you likely know full well that when you're working on one task, there always seems to be something that crops up to pull your attention away. However, you would be wise to resist the temptation to shift focus, because if you're working on two (or more) things at once, you're less likely to do any of them as effectively. As a result, you might end up spending even more time on them if you multitask than if you just handled them one at a time.