Five ways to maintain a healthy work/life balance if you are a Mom in Real Estate.
Mathers Realty, NC
When people asked me why I went into Real Estate, I often gave them the same generic answers, because I want to work on my own schedule, I want to manage my own time, I want to be able to be there for my family and also have a career. In other words, I wanted it all. It did not take long for me to realize that it was a lot easier said than done. So, after a chaotic start and finding myself overwhelmed, I have created a schedule that works and have also been able to make some time for me.
Being a mother to three young children did not make my work transition easy. As a Realtor, I have to be present for my clients. It always seems like my time is being spent on everyone else but me. On top of all that, I found myself writing contracts in the evenings, scheduling showings, training classes and everything was about work. I wanted to be successful and thought this was the only way. I learnt very quickly that was not the case. A happy and rested me was more useful to my valuable clients and being able to sit and play with my children in the evening gave me some relief from the guilt that often grips working moms. Here are five things that contribute to a healthy work/ life balance, this is in particular to the Ladies working in Real Estate.
1. Schedule your routine by time blocking
This is a great way to ensure that you can get all your tasks completed and in a timely fashion. Plan your weekly schedule and include activities with your family, partner, friends. Also block off the times for kids’ activities and if you volunteer at school, include that in as well. When the week is up, go through your previous week’s schedule and check off all the activities that you completed. You will be amazed at how much you have accomplished and it feels effortless. Eliminate the stress of last minute planning. Set some time each day for unplanned events. I usually have 12-2pm open. This is the time I will use if I have a client call me to schedule a last minute showing. I also use this to run the forgotten errands, usually to get milk and bread in the middle of the week. On a few occasions, I have had a nap (felt great afterwards- though I would then fail to sleep till 1am on those nights )
2. Exercise/ Remain Active
This is a big one and perhaps the most important one for me. My local neighborhood now offers me so much choice on where to work out. I attend a boot camp for moms. I go to an early class and I am home and showered by 7am. The workout is 45 minutes including warm up and cool down but its intense and I love that it energizes me for the day ahead. The endorphins keep me smiling and happy, the energy means I can enjoy some games outside with my kids and keep up with them. Start with a local walk, a jog, yoga class. The choices are endless. Do some research on what is available local to you and get physically active.
3. Hang out with your cool friends!
We all have them, those cool friends that we can call on just for a laugh. And it’s an added bonus if they are also in Real Estate. I have a colleague who never fails to make me laugh. An evening out with friends is so refreshing and recharges me. Get the babysitter or have the husband look after the kids for the evening while you go out and just have fun with some friends.
4. Make sure your Work tasks have some accountability
How many of us plan on doing some door knocking, or sending out letters or calling a list of Expired listings? Most of us do, do you have an accountability partner? How do you motivate yourself to get it done? When you block off one hour for a task, if you work as part of a team then make it a team effort. This helps to keep you accountable and get your work done. Ensuring that works tasks are completed in a timely fashion means you do not have to stay up late playing catch up. If you are not part of a team, use a good friend or a colleague, you can even use your partner if that works for you. Set up a time each day to go through you work tasks with your accountability partner, this is very important as it will allow you to seehow your work is going. Success comes with real results. You can discuss any failed tasks and find resolutions for the next time.
5. Adult only time with the other half
If like me you have a family and a career, I often forgot to make some time for my partner and I (remember him? That other adult that lives in the house with me and the kids). Make it a regular activity where you call the babysitter and enjoy a nice meal at your favorite restaurant. We love the uninterrupted conversation, talk about everything and anything. I was a stay at home mum for a few years and I found that as I was getting back into the workforce, we used this time to plan how we could make it work as a family. My husband was supportive and offered to pitch in around the house a lot more. I found that we got back on the same page and naturally started talking about our long term plans and the necessary steps to take. When the last born was old enough, we started to go out of town for a weekend sans kids. I can enjoy some alone time with my husband and also have fun doing activities with the children.
Sharah Amani, Realtor / Broker
Sharah is a Realtor Licenced to practice Real Estate in North Carolina. She works at Mathers Realty in the Matthews area just south of Charlotte. Sharah has a passion for Real Estate and has helped both buyers and sellers with all processes of acquiring or selling a home in the State of NC. She admits that nothing is more rewarding than watching a buyer move into their dream home, "it is always such a happy time for a family!" She enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, cooking and reading books.