Being the Boss of Yourself has its perks, but it also requires a level of self-discipline that very few of us possess.
The most challenging part is completing the stuff that doesn’t have an immediate payoff. It just seems like so much… work.
For example, you know you need to fix your website. You know there’ll be a massive payoff when you finally get it done. But you just never seem to have the time. Right?
(If you don’t know how important your website is, read this The HUB of Your Marketing and WHY it Sucks)
You’ve got a pile of other projects too, but there are always a hundred other things that need your immediate attention, so guess what?
The big heavy stuff never gets done. 😔
If you’re a good REALTOR®, you’ve probably trained yourself to be a “rapid responder,” which is good.
But reacting to whatever is happening 100% of the time and devoting 0% of your time to working on larger projects (without distraction) is terrible.
If you want to be a truly great REALTOR®, you must also be a great Boss of Yourself.
If you’re a lousy Boss of Yourself, the first step is to admit it. You don’t have to go to a meeting or anything. Just repeat after me:
“I’m a lousy boss of myself.”
Say it out loud.
Congratulations! You’re on the road to recovery! 😂
The second step is to learn and implement some basic organizational skills. As a first step in this lonely business, it’s helpful for many agents to have an accountability partner.
I suggest you consult ‘The Google’ for best practices on choosing a compatible partner and structuring your meetings, but here are my top two rules:
#1. Always follow a strict agenda:
Meet at the same day and time every week, start on time, end on time, and know what you’re going to talk about before you start.
#2. Don’t allow your meeting to deteriorate into a BS session.
Go ahead and schedule a BS section at the end. This is not a bad thing! But it’s business first. Follow the agenda! 🤓
Once you’ve got a partner, you must learn some skills to be more productive beyond merely forcing yourselves.
“OK, we’re both going to have new websites before next Monday!”
That’s just setting yourself up for failure. Instead, make your goals more attainable:
“Let’s both commit to writing a step-by-step plan to improve our websites and present our plans to each other at the next meeting.”
Or, maybe your partner has a different goal than you have. This is perfectly fine. You help them with their goal; they help you with yours.
In a way, your accountability partner asks as your boss and your friend at the same time. You know you must report back to them and don’t want to disappoint them.
You’ll undoubtedly be more productive and surprised at how much you enjoy these meetings!