It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . . and the busiest, especially for professionals with thriving real estate careers. How do you keep business running smoothly while still making time for holiday preparations as well as family, friends, and festive fun? Here are some ideas for balancing a real estate career and still staying jolly this special season:
Keep a detailed calendar
Block out your time in quarter-hour increments, and schedule each day down to the minute. Merge your calendar with your business calendar so everything is listed in the same place. Display a family calendar, bulletin board, or chalkboard in your home to keep your household aware of important dates and appointments. If you have any cancellations or schedule shuffling, use the open time to take care of holiday tasks. Take time at the end of each week to look ahead to the following week to see how you can prepare and maximize your time.
Holiday shopping and gift buying can be time-consuming and stressful. Shopping ahead as much as possible will help free up your time as the holidays approach and give you a better chance to enjoy family, friends, and seasonal activities. Even if you have to take a day off from work or your weekend to focus solely on shopping and ordering gifts, checking off your list ahead of time can give you a productive head start on the holidays. Make a list, stick to your budget, be decisive, and skip the last-minute shopping crowds.
Nobody can do it all during the holidays, so why even try? Decide what’s important to you and what you and your family enjoy most, and focus on those things. If you don’t care about a Clark Griswold-worthy light show in front of your house, hang a wreath on the door and move on to something you enjoy more. If getting together with family and friends makes you happy, then it’s well worth the time and effort it takes to host a big seasonal bash. If holiday music ignites fond memories, schedule a few concerts to attend.
If you are long on holiday expectations but short on time, outsource some tasks. Hire someone to decorate the exterior of your home, purchase specialty cookies and cakes instead of baking them yourself or pay a neighborhood teenager to wrap your gifts. Engage a cleaning service to get your home ready to welcome houseguests or use your local department store’s shopping service to help select gifts.
Look for ways to accomplish multiple objectives at once. For example, you can combine business and pleasure by inviting colleagues, partners, and clients to your holiday party. Or, if you’re looking for ways to serve your community during the holiday season, combine business and service by inviting colleagues, partners, and clients to volunteer with you at local food banks or other charitable organizations.
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