The DOs and DON’Ts of stress management
It’s an exciting time to be in real estate, and it’s not only because a new year offers renewed optimism simply when the calendar flips to January. Interest rates are stabilizing and will keep going downward, more inventory should start appearing, and more buyers should be serious about their home search again soon.
However, with more activity comes more pressure for our fellow real estate professionals. That’s why we wanted to provide you with a few stress-relieving tips just in time for 2024 that you can put to use before the traditional spring buying season truly takes off. After all, while our REALTOR® friends excel at de-stressing the buying and selling process for all involved, none of us can be at our best if our own houses aren’t in order first.
Don’t be afraid to say “No.” Setting personal and professional boundaries is so important when it comes to avoiding burnout. After all, if you’re juggling too many tasks, none of them will have your full attention, and that’s not good for anyone. On the flip side, it’s always good to ask for help before your tasks get too overwhelming. The other person could always say “no,” too, but the chances are they are willing and able to make things easier for you. Sharing is caring, after all.
Don’t let the Sunday Scaries ruin your week before it’s begun. A good home starts with a great foundation, and that’s the idea here, too. If you dread Mondays, use your weekends to recharge and clear your mind for the week ahead. How do you do that? Devote some time to organizing on the previous Friday. Complete any tasks that often linger in your mind during a weekend and make a to-do list that can wait until Monday morning. If you’re someone who starts to think about work on Sunday evening, take intentional steps to focus your thoughts elsewhere.
Do take breaks. In fact, experts encourage it. If you have days where you never leave the desk, set an alarm on your phone to get up and move around your workspace or to take a quick stroll outside. Furthermore, don’t forget to use those vacation days – even if it’s just a single one to recharge and unplug from work for a day. It will be good for you, your clients, and your colleagues.
Do work with transaction partners who make things easier for you. Real estate is all about teamwork and getting the job done together. That’s why choosing partners and vendors who care as much about your clients as you do is important! We all know that not every journey home is smooth, but the people you choose to work with should strive to make things easier for all involved. (If you’re looking for a title company who makes that last sentence its mission, our teams would love to work with you this year!)