We've all heard the saying, "plan to work and work your plan." I have no idea who coined that phrase, but it's a good one.
Being successful in the real estate business takes planning.
First, we need to know the 'why' and then plan the steps to bring that to fruition. Start with a written yearly plan, then break it down into quarters. Review monthly to see how the quarter is going and make adjustments as needed. Every week review what was completed, started or dropped, and set the plan for the next week, adjusting where needed.
I've got that down, and it's now a routine.
What it took me longer to realize is that the above plan wasn't complete when it addressed only the business part of my life. Sure, I was a single mom at the time and the sole support of my daughters. The financial concerns were real and needed to be addressed. But so did the other parts of my life.
To be successful in business one needs to be successful in life. Everyone's idea of success is different, but I learned that for me to be happy and to be able to spread that happiness to those around me I needed to plan my time "off" as well as my time "on."
I needed to plan time for things like:
- family time (and now spouse time as well )
- friends and social activity time
- spiritual time
- volunteer time
- exercise/physical fitness time
- me time (I still find this one at the end of the list, but I'm getting better)
Now, when I'm planning my year, my quarter, my week, my day, I take as much care to plan for the personal side of my life as I do for my business side. And, you know what? I'm a better Realtor® because of that, and a much happier, healthier person.
Make certain to plan for these essential parts of life. It's the only way one can keep going for the long haul, be happy, fulfilled and enjoy life.
And life is certainly meant to be enjoyed.
(local 8th grade students on a school camping trip enjoying sunset)