It’s probably safe to assume that the majority of people who have relatively new real estate investing businesses are likely juggling a full time or part time job while growing their business. If you take the time needed to hustle to grow a business and then add in family and community obligations you have yourself quite a time crunch.
Everyone has the same 24 hours each day, but its what you do with those hours that make the difference. That being said, here are the top 5 things that I’ve personally done to create more time to grow my real estate business while juggling a job and family with young children.
#1: Turn off the television.
There is nothing else that has provided me with more time than turning off the television at the beginning of this year. Sure, use your DVR to record your favorite shows and watch them later, but be selective with the recording too because you just won’t have the time to watch ALL of it even if it is at a later time/date!
#2: Make a priority list every evening before going to sleep
Not only does this clear your head so you can sleep peacefully (plus let your subconscious do a little work while you sleep), but it also allows you to begin your days knowing precisely want needs to be done. My priority list is only 6 items long and frankly sometimes I don’t always get the 6 items done – maybe only 4 or 5, but the list is incredibly helpful and a major timesaver. Whenever I forget to do this and try to do it in the morning, it throws me off and typically wastes up to an hour of time that I could’ve spent accomplishing something.
#3: Ignore your cell phone (or better yet, turn it off!)
Phones are highly disruptive. If you’re in the middle of accomplishing items on your priority list and the phone rings, ignore it! This is why voicemail was invented. You can call the person back once you’re ready – it will be ok, trust me!
#4: Wake up earlier – between 5:00 or 6:00 AM
Simply stated, it is absolutely amazing how much can be done in the quiet time before everyone else in the house wakes up. Try it for a week and you will see a noticeable difference in productivity and stick with it.
Frankly, I haven’t mastered this yet, but I’ve done it enough to know that I need to do more and it will truly help move my business to new levels. There are some tasks you really need to do yourself and its important to identify those high value, profit-generating tasks and focus on them. Everything else? Delegate to others as soon as you possibly can (and think creatively because there are ways to obtain help for little to no cost)…this includes time consuming activities that are not business related. An entire blog post can be dedicated to this topic alone!
Sure BiggerPockets family, you’ve heard some or even all of this before, but I chose to post on this topic anyway because I believe in repetition and perhaps someone out there needed a reminder!
What are some of the awesome ways that YOU have created more time for yourself to grow your business? Please share your comments.
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