We’re all guilty of working too much on occasion. It’s absolutely inevitable if you have the drive to challenge yourself and succeed at all costs… and we all have that, right? I’ll be the first to admit sometimes my vision for success overshadows my need for rest. But just as being lazy won’t get you anywhere, overworking yourself can be just as bad.
How do we create that perfect balance between work and play? Well, if you’re like me, you probably have a small panic attack when you can’t access your phone at any given moment. Do you sleep with your phone by your pillow? E-mail during meetings? Rest your phone on your bathroom counter when showering? Don’t do it!
If I was stranded on a deserted island and could only take one item, it would be my iPhone. I wouldn’t even take it to call for help, but to make sure that I didn’t get behind on my e-mails. Don’t think you’re that addicted? Next time you’re sitting still, notice how often you instinctively reach to check your phone for missed alerts.
It’s a common misconception among our real estate community that we must be accessible to everyone, all the time. However, don’t let the prospect of missed calls make you afraid to give your phone a rest. It’s important to set certain times of the day when you are “off.” Luckily, my iPhone has a really great feature that I’ve learned to utilize, a “Do Not Disturb” option that allows me to control when my phone makes noise and even when it lights up. Now I make sure that every client I work with understands that there are certain times when I am unavailable. Typically, they know they can leave a message and I’ll get back to them when I can.
On the contrary, when you are in work mode—during your set business hours—do the absolute best you can. Don’t stop or slow down. Working at this pace helps to build your business. But when your workday is done, put your phone down and relax. Trust me, you’ll accomplish so much more this way because just like our phones, we can get drained of batteries if we don’t take the time to recharge.