You probably work too much…which increase stress, anxiety, mistakes, and increases your chances of burnout. But we get so busy that we find it increasingly difficult to take time off. How do you take a day off and actually use it as a time to recharge your batteries, renew and refresh yourself so you can go back to work more productive and fulfilled.
Here are the 3 steps for how to take a fabulous day off:
- Clock out. That means actually stop working and disengage mentally and emotionally from your work.
- Delegate out. Find someone else to cover for you, so that you and your clients know everything is covered.
- Get out. Don’t sit at home cleaning house or watching TV. Get out of the house and do something memorable.
When you do that, your day off will actually allow you to recharge your mental and emotional batteries and renew your energy. And you will be more productive when you go back to work. Take a day off. You deserve it.
Hi, there. It's Kevin Ward with YesMasters Real Estate Success Training helping you get more yeses and more successes in your business and in your life, but you work too much, so today we're going to talk about how do you take a day off because the reality is you probably need a day off. Most of you, if you're watching this video, I bet you don't take days off consistently and if you do take them off, you don't take them off correctly. Today we're going to talk about how to take a day off, not only how to do it consistently but how to do it correctly, how to make a day off profitable, productive, how to make it count. By that I don't mean how to day a day off without really taking a day off because that doesn't count. A day off means a day off working. Whatever if you're real estate or whatever job or your business is, how do you take a day off from that and make it really a powerful day off.
Let's face it. We have so many things going on in our world, so many things going on in our life that we run ourselves ragged and we don't take time to really recharge our batteries, to really refresh and renew ourselves. And that's critical in a day and age when there's so many opportunities out there, there's so many things that we can do to make money but also that we can do for fun or that we can that just engages our time and I see people running themselves ragged. I struggle with it. People struggle with it. Real estate agents are notorious for working 24/7 or working seven days a week and never really disengaging from their work and taking that time off to recharge. How do you do it? And I want to share with your three steps today on how to take a great, fabulous, wonderful, awesome day off.
1. CLOCK OUT.
What that simply means is when you're going to take a day off you actually need to take a day off, which means you completely clock out of work. You clock out of business, you get it out of your brain, off your phone, if you're continually on your phone and you're answering text messages or you're checking your e-mail or all of that stuff, calling back into the office, that is not a day off. I don't care where you are. If you're with your kids at Disneyland and you're dialing back in to the office, you're dialing back into the job, it's not a day off. It's not a day off for you and it's not a day off for your children because you're not there. You're not present with them. When you clock out that means stop being in your work and be present in the day off. Be present in the moment wherever you are, with whomever you are, learn to be with them. Learn to be 100% present.
Here's one of the binds…and I'm going to tell you the bind that especially real estate agents get in or people that are self employed get into. If you're not productive when you're working it makes it very difficult to enjoy when you're not working, so let me give you an example. Real estate agents a lot of times are not really productive because they're busy doing “busy work” and they're not busy doing the productive work that will make them the money like lead generating, actually generating business, following up on leads and so forth because that can be unnerving. It's difficult talking to people. That fear of rejection, that fear of getting people upset or whatever. I'm working, I'm working, I'm working, but I'm not doing the right stuff to make business, to make money. Now I feel guilty when I take off because I feel like I didn't work productively so I feel guilty. I need to be back at work, which really sucks when you're at your child's soccer game.
Now you want to be at your child's soccer game but when you're at your child's soccer game you feel guilty because you need to be working, because when you were working you weren't doing what you were supposed to do. Now you make a decision and say, "Okay, I've got to catch up on this work so I'm not going to go to my kid's soccer game or whatever. I'm not going to take my day off because I've got to catch up. I need to work." Then you stay at work and now when you're working you feel guilty because you're not with your family. You feel guilty because you're not taking the day off. When you're with your family you feel guilty because you're not working, and when you're working you feel guilty because you're not with your family and no matter which way you go you're totally and completely screwed. That is not having a life. You understand? That's just not having a life. How do you get out of that?
One is when you're working you have to work hard, be totally clocked in, be doing the things that will make you money, doing the right stuff so that when you aren't working you can literally actually clock out. Clock out mentally, clock out emotionally, clock out physically from doing your work. If you're a real estate agent, no MLS. Don't get on the MLS. Don't check your e-mail. When you're doing that you're putting yourself back in work mode. When you put yourself back in work mode that batteries aren't being charged. The day off is not being enjoyed. You've got to understand that there have been studies and studies galore proving that if you don't take time off to recharge your batteries your battery capacity continues to go down. In other words you just wear yourself down and you approach what's called burnout or wear out or whatever. It's not productive, it's not sustainable, it's not a productive way to live your life, so number one is you've got to have the discipline to say, "Okay, I'm not working today. I need to communicate that to the people that need to know," and then you clock out. Number one.
2. DELEGATE OUT.
This simply means, especially if you're a solo-preneur, which means you run your own business and it's just you, delegate. If you're a real estate agent for example and you don't have a team, you’ve got to have somebody that can cover for you on the days off. Find another agent in your office, find an assistant or somebody else that can handle the stuff that needs to be handled on your days off. Either hand them your cell phone, forward your phone to them, or put it on your voice mail, “Hey, if you need immediate assistance call my associate so and so. Here's their phone number and they'll be happy to help you with your clients.”
You just have to communicate. “My associate so and so is going to be available tomorrow. If you need anything at all they're familiar with your situation. They know about your house…” whatever it is, and you've got it delegated out, so somebody else is taking care of everything so you don't have to worry about things falling through the crack.
Clock out. Delegate out.
3. GET OUT.
What I'm talking about is when you have time off, learn to celebrate your time off. Learn to do something other than clean house or catch up on your finances or something that is totally not rejuvenating, that's totally not recharging your batteries, it's just more grind. You have to get out of the grind and go do something else, so get out. Get out of the house. Get out of the rut. Get out of the routine. Get out of the monotony. Get out of the mundane. Get out of the distraction. Get out of all of the things that keep our life right here and we're just like going crazy because we've got so much going on. Get out of that. Go do something memorable. Go sailing. Go to the beach. Go to the mountains. Go to the country. Go out to the woods. Take a walk. Go to a park. Go see a movie. If you're married or if you're in a relationship go with your significant other. Take your kids. Go do something cool.
It doesn't have to cost anything. It doesn't have to be something expensive or extravagant, but it has to be something cool. It has to be something memorable. You want to do that because it's the stuff, literally do you realize that every single week you could do something that you and your family would talk about for years. We get so caught up in the grind, we get so caught up in the monotony and the routine and just that day to day going through the motions, going through life, and we're just like this with what's next and then we're just in distraction mode and all the stuff going on and we've got to break out of that. You want to break out of that so that your life, you look back and go what did I do this year? I worked every day. Even as I'm talking about this I'm like, "I've got to be more intentional about taking time that when I'm not working on a day is get out, do something. Take my wife and go out and do something fabulous. Go do something that's just fun. Go do something that's memorable."
Again it doesn't have to cost money. You can go to a nice restaurant or you can go window shop. That would cost money. You can go to a movie, that will cost money, but you can just go window shopping. Just go see some historical sight. Take a road trip. Do something. Get out in your backyard and plant something. Even that could create a memory, right? Get a water hose. If it's summer and it's hot where you are get your kids after school, go down to Target or something and buy one of those crazy slipper slides or some silly backyard water toy and get out the backyard with your kids and get wet. Get dirty. Go play in the mud with your kids. Go play in the mud with your spouse. Do something that if you would do that…I'm telling you that when you take a day off like that and physically and emotionally, mentally, you may be exerting yourself and you may be tired after the day's over.
Make sure you get enough time to rest and recover and so forth and so the next day, the day you're going back to work, you're not wasted. You're not bombed, but when you do something that's out of the ordinary, that's something that is cool, something that's a blast, something that's a little crazy. Go skydiving. Go bungee jump. Go climb something. Go climb a tree. Do something that a month later and a year later you're going to like, "Remember when we did this? That was so cool. We should do that again." "That was nuts. That was crazy. It was so cold or it was so hot or I thought I was going to die." Whatever it is, whenever you have a moment like that that's living. That's having a life and all of us deserve more of it, so go get it.