It’s finally here, the New Year! No more holiday parties or putting off work and the gym. No more thinking about what your New Year, New You plan is. Now, it’s about enacting that plan and making it a reality. But if you don’t have a plan yet or a framework of a plan, this post will steer you in the right direction. One of the best things about the new year is getting things in order to make that year bright and successful. That means planning for the busy season that is going to be upon us. That might not be for a while, but it’s better to start and get things ready for when it does. It also means researching new trends in the market and finding out who the buying power and selling power is and how to speak to them.
Automate Everything You Can.
The more that you can get off your plate, the better. One of the best ways to do this is to automate repetitive processes. That means simple tasks that take time so you can utilize that time elsewhere to grow. Some simple ways to automate your business include using social media aggregate services. Hootsuite.com, buffer.com, or even Zapier.com help schedule your social media posts ahead of time. This way you don’t need to constantly log into your accounts and set up your ongoing social media posts. This will also give you the lite touch you need to stay in touch with your clients. You can also put newsletters and email updates on autopilot. Using an email auto-responder such as Mail Chimp or Constant Contact. Click here for more on automated email services.
Concentrate Your Efforts.
Connecting with people to keep your business growing can be difficult. Consider ways that you can spend time with as many of your contacts as possible. If that means doing extra activities after work to help strengthen client relationships or even just sending out friendly texts to keep in contact to foster those relationships, then I say go for it. But do not lose sight of what truly needs to be done.
This spring, as you’re going through your day-to-day work, try to remain conscious of every time you’re not sure what you need to do next. Creating plans and processes for these situations will make you more efficient, and free you up when your workload is heavier and critical tasks are at hand. There’s a great time management tool that will help you identify what tasks are important. It was created by Stephen Covey and a quick online search for “Quadrant Time Management” will get you all kinds of resources for this method. Here’s a small chart to get you started.
Eliminate Unproductive Activities
This will give you the opportunity to look at all of
your current work and future work and concentrate more on your end goal.
Consider the questions you receive on a regular basis. Finding resources or
creating ready-made answers in the form of a flyer or pre-written email can
help you to deal with these common issues quickly and efficiently. One of the
best things you can do is enlist help as well. It’s always a good thing to ask
people for help because that not only strengthens working relationships it also
gives you some good ideas you might not have thought of and vice versa.
I know what you’re going to say, “I don’t like asking for help. I can do this on my own. I’m a one man/woman team.” Now that’s great and all and that shows you have a strong drive and work ethic, but asking and getting help goes a long way. When you do this, you not only free up that valuable time you need to connect with clients and make them feel important; you also give someone else the ability to learn from you. You are also creating a working relationship with someone who will be there for you and vice versa. You should also consider utilizing the AgentMarketing system for activities like data entry, flyer and mailer design or even creation of property videos to kick your listing marketing up a notch.