In today’s world, it seems like the expectations for moms to do it all grows by the second. Being a parent is hard – full of constant changes and neverending challenges. Working full time is also difficult on its own. Juggling the two while staying successful on both fronts sounds nearly impossible, but we see so many supermom real estate moguls out there doing it all.
We know we are in over our heads when we recognize that familiar feeling of overwhelm. The key to avoiding this is to check in with yourself. When you stay focused on yourself and your goals, you will be surprised at how much you can achieve.
Here are some quick tips to follow for those check-ins.
Learn to Prioritize
Sometimes it’s as simple as recognizing who to show up for in that given moment. Knowing who needs you at your best can help pinpoint who and what deserves your attention at that present moment. Perhaps it’s your child needing you to help with homework or it’s a client who needs you to show them a listing. In that moment, you must decide who needs you most.
When you lack the ability to prioritize and stay organized, you’ll start to experience feelings of pressure and overwhelm. If you allow those feelings to take over, no one gets you at your best and everyone loses. So, don’t let it get to that. Prioritize.
Boundaries are key. Clearly define what these are for yourself and learn to adhere to your own rules. You want to show up for your kids, so think to yourself — is this a time when you’re not fulfilling business needs? On the other hand, you may have an important meeting or client crisis and a school pick up interferes. In that case, you should recognize whether you can ask someone for help or if at that moment, business needs to wait.
Finding balance by defining boundaries can mean working in the office all morning so you can show up for school pick-up or vice versus. Whatever your day requires, it is important to set time for family and business engagements and be present within those moments.
Find Your Strengths and Recognize Your Weaknesses
It is equally important to balance our expectations of ourselves and be realistic about our own abilities. Come to learn what your strong points are and learn to outsource skills in which you are weaker. Yes, it sounds dreamy to say that you should find someone that complements all your weaknesses. If it were that easy, we wouldn’t be here. But if you know what to look for in others, you’ll find things will fall into place one step at a time. Properly delegating responsibilities to complement your weaknesses is a crucial element of being able to do it all.
Never Miss Out on an Opportunity to Learn
Newer agents may be wondering —how do you get on a good team when most teams are looking for experienced agents? Remember, sometimes you have to take one step back to take two steps forward. This may mean you start in a supportive or administrative role in order to get the experience you need.
When looking to transition into a junior agent role, evaluate the market and yourself. In today’s environment, there are a plethora of opportunities, and companies are actively looking for employees who will hustle. Manage your expectations — some of these roles may have lower base salaries with commission, while some may be commission only but with ample room for growth. Keep your eye on the prize and focus on the fact that any experience is an opportunity to learn and grow. You never know where it may take you and your career!
Find the Right Schedule for You and Your Family
Have you noticed that your needs and joys shift over time as you and your family grows? At some point, you may need to manage your hectic schedule by clearly defining your work and family schedules. Certainly, all of this may go out the window with an incoming shift of demands that may require more flexibility. Priorities are something you need to constantly reevaluate, and you must allow yourself to adjust your work and family schedules to the needs that require your focus at the moment.
To all the moms out there who are in real estate and hustling and making it all happen, keep it up!
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