Is it a benefit to your clients to be available all day, every day? If so, when do you turn your phone off to rest and rejuvenate…when do you unplug?
You Can Work Non-Stop
With all of the technology we have at our fingertips it is quite possible to work non-stop every hour of every day. But by doing so, does that make us a better real estate agent than our colleagues who don’t? Do some agents choose to work continuously because their clients expect it or because that’s simply how they run their business?
There’s No Turning Back
I ask these questions because I see the advances being made in technology and know that there is no way we can ever turn back. What we are seeing now is just the tip of the iceberg. All of these wonderful phones, tablets and Apps are designed to supposedly make our lives easier…to make us more efficient. But it seems like technology is having the opposite affect. With advanced technology we are able to cram more work in our workdays. We are able to juggle more clients. We are able to see more property, communicate with more clients and perhaps make more money. So in reality we are working much more.
What Are We Losing?
But I think with more and more technology, many people our actually losing a part of the business they love. Being a real estate agent allows you the freedom to set your own schedule. With all the technology you can work from anywhere, but are you giving anything your full attention? If I’m at my daughter’s volleyball game and on my phone for more than half the game, why bother going…just so I can say I was there? And if I’m able to increase my client load and close lots of transactions, when do I have time to take a vacation or spend all that money I’ve earned? And what about talking to people? With the increased usage of text messaging the transaction is turning into a sound bite. Probably not the best way to communicate during a transaction.
I Love Technology
Don’t get me wrong, I do love technology. It has made me much more efficient, however I do believe that each of us needs to know when to turn it off. We need time to relax and rejuvenate…to think about the future of our business and the quality of our lives. We need some quiet time…we need balance.
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