03 Aug Finding Balance in Chaos with Cincinnati Real Estate Agent
by Brittany Watkins
The older I get, the more I realize that life will only get more chaotic in the years to come. But this summer may stand out more than others. I am getting married the last week of July, when my job as a Cincinnati Real Estate Agent is at the peak of its season. My fiancé and I are about to close on a home of our own. And Pinterest has convinced me to take on too many DIY wedding projects! All of this at the same time is a lot to handle, and I have concluded that (if I wasn’t before) I may be clinically insane!
This is my second full summer in real estate and my hard work is paying off. Currently, I have more active transactions than I have ever had in my career. In actuality, I have more current active deals now than I had in my entire first year working as an agent. I feel extremely blessed by this, but since I’m human, I’m also annoyed and complaining to all of you about it right now! #firstworldproblems
So here I am, less than a week away from getting past the chaos. I have nearly made it through the eye of the storm. As I come out on the other side, I feel I have gained wisdom from this. No one died, my relationships survived, and I didn’t lose any transactions. Here’s how I did it:
I made time for myself. There were days when I had to solve problems and figure out how to keep transactions together, keep my mother from killing my dad (he’s not very good at wedding planning), make numerous decisions to get things done for the wedding, and on top of that try to answer questions and phone calls from client and agents. There were times I did not want to talk to anyone. When you’re being pulled in 100 different directions by multiple people, your brain gets tired quickly. I needed to refresh. I wasn’t going to be any good to any one if I didn’t take time for myself. How to make time to unwind will vary from person to person or day to day. For me, It could have been taking a walk or reading one of my favorite books with a glass of wine. Anything to put the stresses from the day out of my head and invest time in myself. I can’t say enough about how important that is.
I made my time count. One of the biggest things that suffers in my life when I get really busy, as I’m sure others could relate, are my relationships. You spend more time investing yourself into your job than you do your loved ones. That sucks!! But it’s sometimes just a part of what we do. So I really tried to make my time count when spending time with my fiancé, friends, and family. Thankfully the family part was a little easier since we were planning and doing things together for the wedding. My fiancé isn’t as much of a wedding planner, and when he tried to pitch in with ideas I usually just shot them down. What? Don’t come at me with your ideas unless they are good ones, okay? So we tried to be pointed about our time together. I hated the fact that planning our wedding took away from our time together. But we worked it out and sucked every bit of time out of the day to be together. He sometimes will ride with me on showing appointments just to spend a little extra time with me.
I got organized. I quickly learned that having post it notes all over with reminders jotted down about our house , transactions or wedding details was not working. You should have seen my car, the room where all of the wedding things were stored, and my home office. It just added to all of the frustration. It took me three times as long to do anything because I had to search for what I needed in order to get it done. I sat up one night until about 1:00 am sorting all of the wedding mess. I got all of the cake table pieces in one box and labeled. I got everything for the photo table in one box and labeled and so forth. It made a huge difference. Also having systems in place to keep me on track with my business is a huge help. I use Nekst, (a transaction management program developed by Brett Keppler) to keep me on track with my business. I can plug in a few details about each transaction and it sends me notifications when something needs to be done. My attention span was seriously zero. Having these things in place really helped because trying to store it all in my head was not working.
One thing that I have come to realize is that things aren’t really going to get better. I’m always going to be busy and there’s always going to be personal matters that will impact my time. I won’t ever have to plan another wedding, and it will be a while before we buy another house. But life ill continue to keep us busy.
Real Estate is a 24/7 job. We are expected to work during the week, weekends, days and evenings. Each transaction has it’s own potential for chaos and it’s important that we know how to handle it. Not only did this summer make me a future wife and a homeowner, but it also will make me a much better Realtor. And for that, I would go through it all over again.