Running a business can feel chaotic.
The phone rings.
Emails pile up.
Research this, complete that, run this errand, correct that problem, meet with those people
–and ‘Pronto Toronto’ too, while you’re at it!
List this. Advertise that. Call them. Consider starting that project. Oh, and don’t forget to post a blog! And post on Facebook.
And – hang on, I just have to take this call –
Where was I?
The day races on and time swirls away leaving you spun around and then it all starts again the next morning.
You get it.
That’s being an entrepreneur. And especially a real estate agent.
Sometimes I get caught up in the swirling tornado of tasks, and have to reset. It’s taken me a while to strike a balance between work, faith, and family, and still don’t get it right all the time. But, in my years as a mom, wife, friend, and real estate agent, I’ve discovered a few secrets to getting things done even when chaos calls.
How to Get Things Done Despite Interruptions & Distractions
Don’t Do Laundry
There isn’t time enough in a day for everything. One of the biggest favors you can do for yourself is to get okay with that right quick.
Maybe the grass gets a bit longer this week. Or the weeds in the garden get a bit taller. Maybe instead of folding the laundry, it sits in the basket for a few days.
It’s okay. I promise, no one will die.
Sometimes letting things go is a perfectly sane practice.
Try it – if you really allow yourself – I mean actually give yourself permission to just let laundry be in a pile, or grass to be taller than usual – it won’t weigh on your mind, adding to the pressure you feel. You’ll have more mental and emotional capacity to focus on things that really need doing.
You can’t do everything. Heck, even if you can, do you really want to?
I have a professional photographer, for example, not because I can’t take photos or learn how to take professional, well-lit, high quality photographs. I could learn. But it would take TIME, and that’s something I don’t have a lot of.
Time is a limited commodity, especially for a busy real estate agent, so delegation is gold.
Photography, administrative tasks, errands, research, bookkeeping, writing sales copy… there are so many things that can be assigned to competent people.
Delegation saves time, minimizes stress, and also allows you to focus on the parts of your business you’re especially skilled at and enjoy the most.
Action Item: What one regularly occurring task can you delegate starting this week? Decide which task to delegate, and, if you don’t have someone in mind to do it, begin the hunt for a competent person to assign the task to.
Fill Yourself Up (before you completely empty out!)
Do you take time to rest?
Even if it’s to sit outside for a fifteen minute coffee break, just to get work out of your head?
You really, really should.
Despite our western go-go-go mentality, the fact is our minds, bodies and souls need rest. Every single day, and every single week. A recharging happens during that rest that we can’t get any other way.
My life changed when I finally decided to take one day off each week. I was run down, exhausted, and something had to give. Thankfully, I found a fantastic team member in Eniko, who can serve our clients with excellence, and who I can fully trust while I take time to recharge.
Action Item: Decide to abandon thoughts of work for fifteen minutes today. Ditch the phone, leave the laptop, and think of something completely unrelated to work. If you don’t ever do this, fifteen minutes may be a challenge.
It might be helpful to pray or think about relationships, friendships, ministry, or your life purpose. Or maybe just listening to birds trill and watching leaves flutter in the breeze is the mental break you’ll find most refreshing.
For me it may be as simple as playing with the dogs for a bit. Their affection makes me feel good.
Either way, decide to take fifteen minutes each day for rest.
Only Scheduled Items Get Done
The most effective way to fail at getting anything done is to not schedule it.
Don’t make a plan, just do it ‘later’ or ‘when you have time’ or ‘when you think of it’.
For me, this is a big challenge particularly when it comes to blogging. I want to do it, need to do it (it helps my Google rankings, and people actually hire me because they read my blog and like what I’m about), but if I don’t schedule time to sit down and think about what I want to say, it doesn’t happen. For weeks. Months even.
When I schedule it though, it gets done.
It’s one of those things that’s simple, but not necessarily easy.
Action Item: Choose one task or project you’ve had difficulty completing or getting to. Schedule time to do it. I’m serious – get out your calendar and put it in there right now. Then, keep your appointment with yourself.
What’s one thing that helps you deal with interruptions and distractions?
Post in the comments below.
And remember to share this post with your friends too!
(We need to help each other in this distraction-ridden world…)