How To Make The Most Of Your Day
Everyone is blessed with 24 hours in a day, but not everyone is wise with the way they manage those hours. The reality is that some people get a lot more accomplished than others. Why is it that some real estate investors can get up and running their business within a couple of weeks, while others are still struggling a year down the road?
Why is it that some can close several deals a month, yet another finds himself with no closings after six months?
I’ve been asked this question multiple times through the years and if there’s one skill that I’ve learned is a must in the real estate investment field, it’s time management.
Managing Time Efficiently
You’ve only got a certain number of hours out of those 24 to really be productive. You’ve got daily tasks to accomplish personally and professionally, chores around the house, cooking, time with family, running errands, and so on. If you are not able to manage your time efficiently, you’re just not going to get that much accomplished.
As a real estate investor, you’re an entrepreneur. You don’t have a boss. Rather, you are your boss. This is a fantastic perk, but to be your own boss means that you must embrace self-discipline and time management. Being successful in any business requires cultivating a strategy, being consistent, persevering, self-discipline, and managing time effectively.
Here are some tips as to how you manage your time better and make the most of your day:
Write A To-Do List Every Day
There’s no way that you’re going to remember every task that you have. How many times have you forgotten something when you thought for sure you’d remember it? The very first thing that’ll help you make the most of your day is to always have a to-do list. You can keep your to-do list on your mobile phone or carry around a little notebook and jot down thing regularly. For example, if you’re at the store and you remember that you have to call back that client that called you during a meeting, write it down right then, so you don’t forget.
Schedule Your Work In Blocks Of Time
Interruptions throughout the day can steal a lot of your time. This goes for phone calls, texting, and emails. One way to get more done each day is to schedule your day in blocks, and for some of those blocks turn off your phone and don’t check your email or social media during that time. Consider it “laser-focused” time. During these blocks, don’t let anything or anyone disrupt you and just watch how much more productive your days are.
Assign Tasks To Your Blocks Of Time
Don’t just schedule two or three hours for non-disrupted time and then multi-task. This could have you doing many things and feeling scattered. Actually, the time management gurus will tell you that multitasking isn’t as productive as just focusing on one task at a time. For example, if you schedule off one hour for social media marketing, you’ll be more productive on that end than if you were to schedule two hours and have four or five tasks to work on. Schedule specific tasks for each block of time.
Complete The Most Challenging Tasks First
You’ll make more of each day if you tackle the most challenging tasks first. Have you ever put a difficult task off till the end of the day? If so, you probably dreaded it all day too. It probably took up more of your mental space than you wanted. But if you would have done it first thing, then you could have felt relieved and lighter the rest of the day.
Time management is important, and as an entrepreneur, you want to make the most of your working hours. Take these tips into consideration as you grow your real estate business and enjoy family and friends time.