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How to Battle Burnout

attitude business strategy job satisfaction Apr 25, 2024

“I’m tired. Tired of being admired. Tired of love uninspired. Let’s face it. I’m exhausted.” -Lili Von Shtupp, in the Mel Brooks classic, Blazing Saddles


I’m tired and I’m having doubts. Is this what I still want to do? I’m in kind of a 30-day slump and battling burn-out. I can’t remember the last time I actually had a full 24-hour day off from real estate. What does a day off look like?


These are common thoughts and feelings I have heard expressed lately and here we are in the middle of prime time for real estate. It’s the Spring market, flowers are blooming, trees are budding, birds are heading north, and the buyers are out looking. We should be excited and energized, and yet… here it is again – burn-out. What’s to be done when even “fake it till you make it” doesn’t work?


Let’s begin with that day off. If you stay tethered to your phone, it’s not a day off. So instead, change your outgoing VM message to let people know you cannot be reached until tomorrow, and if this is an emergency they can call your partner. Schedule the entire day off and book nothing else for the full 24 hours. Work six days, and take the seventh day off. It’s an ancient work/rest formula and it will refresh your energy and attitude.


What to do about those doubts? Maybe you’re done and ready to transfer back to civilian life. Unemployment is low and the job market is robust, but do you really want to leave independent contractor-land? Remember how and why you got into this business and make a list of all the things you love about it. And then…


Push your happy button. Take a getaway weekend with a friend.  Schedule some LFTs. Start your day with positives and insulate yourself from all the negative noise. Focus on being a happy person. Earmark a portion of every commission to do something luxurious and pamper yourself. GITO – “Go into the office” and make calls. Write a thank you note every time you have a positive conversation with someone. Book a vacation. Go out and network at a local establishment.


And remember these things come and go. Nothing lasts. Not the good times and not the bad times.

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