Stress management tips for busy agents at Christmas

For professionals across any industry, the Christmas period usually represents an incredibly busy time of year.  And with the additional workload that must be processed as many people prepare to go on leave, along with the heightened frequency of social activities, increased levels of stress can often be an unwelcome addition to life at this time. 

 

So why do people get stressed? For real estate agents in particular, stress can often be attributed to a number of factors, including a larger than normal workload that must be completed within strict time constraints, the need to achieve results for expectant parties such as vendors and buyers, and the necessity of managing issues that can arise through the stages of a property transaction. 

 

These factors often build up – causing stress and preventing agents from functioning at their optimal capacity.  This can lead to the loss of efficiency, which in turn can result in further stress.  Definitely not the most pleasant cycle. 

 

There are a number of ways that real estate professionals can look to diminish the build-up of stress in their lives at Christmas, thus allowing them to get work completed on time, and enjoy their well-deserved time off.  Some of these methods can include:

 

1.       Setting personal deadlines for tasks well in advance of when they are actually due.   Agents are then in a position to be able to deal with any issues that may arise without risk of missing important deadlines. 

 

2.       Maintaining exercise.  This can be difficult over Christmas given the additional social engagements many people have on their calendars, however exercise can be an essential ingredient for clearing the mind and remaining healthy.  Try to fit it in where possible – e.g. walking to work, waking up earlier a couple of times per week. 

 

3.       Prioritising tasks and reducing the time spent on jobs that can be completed at a later date. 

 

4.       Preparing as much as possible before the start of the working week, including meal plans, laundry and chores.  This will maximise the personal time you have at the beginning and end of every day, allowing you to achieve additional time for sleep, exercise and loved ones etc. 

 

While stress can push real estate agents to be more productive, at heightened levels it can become overwhelming, potentially serving to impede efficiency and success.  By practicing good time management skills, planning ahead and staying healthy, busy real estate agents can look to lessen the impact of stress on their lives over the eventful Christmas period, allowing them to enjoy a well-deserved break.

Posted by Reality Bytes - Real Estate Training Blog on 07/12/2011 at 8:58 AM | Categories:

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