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Being a REALTOR and a mom can be hectic. For all you dads out there, I say mom because that is my own experience, but I understand you can be in the same boat. As a real estate agent and a parent, it can feel as if you never have enough time in a day to get everything done. It can also be unpredictable – both business wise, and family wise. Here are my top 5 tips on being a REALTOR and a mom.
Schedule time and understand your goals
We only have so much time in a day, and that it’s why it’s so important to have clear goals and scheduled time to get your work done. I time block all my must do items in my Google Calendar. I purposely leave blank spaces for flex time. Flex time is there if something needs to change in my calendar. For example, I have the whole afternoon blocked off to do content, but now my kid is sick and needs me – so now, that time block for content is going to move into the flex space at a different time while I take care of my little one. By scheduling your work, you always know what needs to get done so you aren’t wasting any time.
Leverage your time
Even when you plan out and schedule your time, you are probably still thinking – I don’t have enough time. That is why it’s important to leverage your time. Being online is a key tool to help leverage your time. By creating content you are working once, but speaking to thousands. For example if you develop content like a blog or a video on a guide of your city, that is now forever searchable, so clients can come to you instead of you spending time finding clients. Part of our group at EXP Realty teaches how to best leverage your time using proven social media strategies.
Surround yourself with the right people
Let’s face it, even with all the planning and right strategies, there’s just simply going to be times where you just need help, whether it’s in business or personal. This is where it becomes important to surround yourself with the right people and build a community around you. For myself, we have an amazing daycare that helps with our son, and on days where that’s not possible, I have created a great group of agents around me that can help if needed. That could mean I pay the agents to do showings for example, or a refer a deal out and still get part of the commission.
Audit & review
It’s important to consistently audit and review your business to understand what’s working and what’s not. Everyday I do a small review of the day, and a plan for the next – this allows to me to really understand what’s happening in the business and my day to day schedule. With a young child at home, his needs change as he grows, and will continue to change. You will have to adapt to these changes – whether that means changing your schedule, hiring someone or whatever it may be. But the only way to adapt to the changes is by understanding them in the first place.
Give yourself grace
This might be the most important point of all, and one that I have to constantly remind myself of – give yourself grace. It’s not always going to be perfect. It’s not always going to be pretty. It’s not always going to be possible. Do the best you can. Stop comparing yourself to others. You only see a small fraction of what other people are doing. Do what works for you. Do what works for your family. When you feel the overwhelm set in – review and audit. See what’s working and what’s not working – and rest, don’t quit.
Overall being a REALTOR and a mom can be very busy and stressful, but it’s also so rewarding. I love this career as a mom because it offers me the flexibility I need in order to be there for my son, plus unlimited potential to grow and give him the life I want him to have.
Moms out there – I would love to hear your tips on being a mom and a REALTOR – drop them in the comment section below.