Tips for the Procrastinator

Tips for the Procrastinator

When starting a real estate career, it may be hard to know exactly what to do with your time when you are not busy with clients and trying to build your client base.  You go to the office each day and work on building your business, but there will definitely be some down time.  This is time when you may get distracted by other things, and put off what you need to do to become a successful real estate agent.  Procrastination is easy to fall into and you don’t want it to become a habit.  Here are some tips to keep you from falling into the procrastination trap.

Schedule It

If you write a task down into your planner, it’s more likely to get done.  Each day should be planned out as far as how much time you will spend on prospecting new clients and getting your name out there.  Just like anything else, you write it down as an appointment in your day and it will get done.

Break it down

Is there a big task looming that you don’t want to start because you know that amount of work it’s going to take?  Break it down into smaller more functional bits.  Again, put the parts you are going to work on each day into your planner.  This way you are assured of it getting done.  Once you break the big task apart and begin working on the smaller pieces, the rest won’t seem so difficult.

Plan a Reward or Consequence

If you really have a problem with procrastination, you will need something to motivate you to get your work finished.  Tell yourself that you will earn a reward when you finish with the task.  Something simple like ice cream or a drink.  You can also set up a consequence such as telling a coworker that you will donate $50 to their favorite charity if the task is not finished by the deadline.  Rewards and consequences may motivate you.

Set Deadlines

By setting a short term, targeted deadline it creates a sense of urgency around the task.  If you are breaking the task down, set deadlines for each part.  When you meet the deadline, you will feel accomplished and you can get that reward discussed earlier.

Procrastination can be your worst enemy when trying to build a business.  You don’t want what you put off to be the death of your career.  You know your limits and what motivates you, so take some time to make a plan.  You will see a reflection of your effort in your growing business.