As a real estate professional, some days your schedule can get a bit overwhelming. You have homes to look at, clients to meet with and paperwork that needs to get done. In many cases, these tasks are only the beginning, but either way, your day can be simplified with the use of lists.
Making a list can take the form of many different things. For example, there is the old standby: The to-do list. There are also lists of clients, your network, leads, listings and other items that all could benefit from being filed in one easy-to-reach location.
If taking advantage of more lists sounds like something that would prove useful for your real estate business, consider these tips and tricks to ensure your lists are as valuable as possible:
Break your list-making down into steps
Turning yourself into a master list-maker can be accomplished by starting with the simple to-do list. This is one of the easiest - and most effective - ways to keep track of your duties, and it never hurts to write these items down.
According to Fast Company, your to-do list can be improved by breaking everything down into steps. For example, try to write it out the night or day before the tasks need to be complete. This way, the next morning you are ready to go, and writing a list won't become a distraction. You should also try to keep unimportant duties off your list. Consider creating a couple categories - something important you need to tackle, items that can be delegated and tasks that don't need to be done today. Try to keep only the most vital duties on your daily to-do list.
Once this is done, give each task a time estimate, Fast Company explained. Jot down how long you think each item will take to complete, as this will help you prioritize what must come first and how many things you can squeeze into your day.
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Expand your list-making efforts
Once you are comfortable with the to-do list, you can take your knowledge and expand it to other types of lists that are valuable for the real estate industry.
In an article for Active Rain, Bryan Robertson, a California-based real estate broker and owner, wrote that there are more lists that can be beneficial for real estate professionals, including:
- Former clients
- The locations where you operate
Try to fill out each one of these lists with people - such as colleagues, homeowners who live in neighborhoods you service and potential future clients, for example. Robertson also explained that each list can branch out to include family members and friends, lawyers, accountants and other professionals. Your leads should be broken down into multiple categories as well, with people who will buy real estate in the near future at the top, down to people who may be thinking about real estate in the next six months.
Once you have these lists, you need to do something with them. Robertson recommended following up with these people. Reach out on a fairly regular basis. You can share newsletters, notes, emails, gifts, letters or simply just give them a call. This will help you stay on the minds of your potential clients and colleagues, so you are often the first person they think of when they need a real estate professional.