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Five Practical Tips to Reduce Stress and Find Your Balance

Our lives can be stressful, chaotic and drama-filled. All of us are in information-overload; bombarded from all directions with noise, distractions, notifications and content from our friends and family, online and traditional media, our smart phones and other devices. Add to that the litany of stress and anxiety created from personal, family, work place, community, national and world events; it is a wonder how we keep it all together and function in our daily lives.

So, how do we find that elusive work-life balance? How do we cultivate more joy, peace and mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being?

So, how do we find that elusive work-life balance? How do we cultivate more joy, peace and mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being? Here are five practical strategies to consider implementing right now!

 

Design and Follow a Daily Ritual

Adopt a daily ritual to start your day in a positive mindset. Show up every day: Mentally, Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually. Now more than ever it’s important to get up, do your morning mindset ritual, get dressed for success and get to work! Some suggestions:

  • Morning meditation or prayer
  • Exercise, stretch, take a walk
  • Review your goals and say your affirmations
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Review your day’s tasks and schedule

 

Take a Digital Detox

Take a break from ALL of your devices and disconnect from the Internet and Social Media for a period of time. Try one or more of these ideas:

  • Don’t check your smart phone, emails or go online for at least an hour after waking up each day
  • Do your daily ritual instead!
  • Commit to turning all cell phones off during meals
  • Block out time at least once a week to unplug
  • Schedule a minimum of one day a month to disconnect
  • Try a digital detox week where you disconnect from your social media platforms and minimize use of your digital devices.

30 Reasons to Do a Digital Detox http://www.forbes.com/sites/francesbooth/2015/02/03/30-reasons-to-do-a-digital-detox/#2596952d6b42

Read Thrive by Arianna Huffington  

 

Get More Sleep

Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more. How much sleep you need each day varies between the experts but generally the recommendation ranges from 6-8 hours (more for children and teens). 

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Set a bedtime routine

  • Go to bed at the same time every night
  • Get the same amount of sleep each night
  • Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual (warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, listen to music, podcast or meditation for sleeping)
  • Design your sleep environment to establish the conditions you need for sleep. Know the best room temperature for you. Your bedroom should also be free from any noise or light that can disturb your sleep.
  • Avoid eating, talking on the phone, or watching TV in bed
  • Try not to lie in bed worrying about things
  • Allow 2-3 hours between your last meal of the day and going to bed
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine for at least 4 hours before sleep
  • Sleep on a comfortable and supportive mattress and pillow for you

 

Practice Mindfulness & Meditation

One basic definition of meditation, or mindfulness meditation, is focusing on doing one thing at a time – which brings us to the present moment. Distraction has become our new reality in a world where we are constantly checking and sending email, texts, and our social media updates.

Learning to quiet the mind has undeniable benefits at a time when our attention is on overload and overwhelm from multiple sources all day, every day.

Reality Check…Meditation can be as easy as just focusing on your breath!

Check out these articles and links to meditation resources:

 

Get Up & Get Out!

At WBNL Coaching, we believe that getting up and getting out is an important part of reaching alignment and connection. In order for you to fire on all cylinders you need to have an open mind & be refreshed so that you are ready to take on the world. When you have truly identified what you love to do a magical thing can occur. Work and play can become synonymous.

We’ve found that most of the best ideas occur when you allow yourself to get away from your office and computer. Move around, get inspired by nature, take a hike – do whatever leisure time activity you enjoy. Americans are notorious for not taking enough time off. It is a part of the corporate structure that is stifling creativity and productivity. Block out time to get away and take a break. It will recharge you and you’ll find that you are happier, more rested, and more eager to get back to work.

Some ideas to Get Up & Get Out!

  • Just move your body
  • Yoga
  • Daily exercise routine
  • Stretching exercises
  • Walking meditations
  • Walking meetings
  • Watch a sunset or sunrise
  • Take a daily walk
  • Participate in sports
  • Connect with nature
  • Go for a hike
  • Schedule and take vacations
  • Do more weekend getaways
  • Take a day to go explore and have fun
  • Need some inspiration and travel insights? Visit http://wanderingbutnotlost.com/

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The Six Fundamentals of Marketing

In this business coaching tip, we review the six fundamentals of marketing.  How and where can you improve your overall traditional and online marketing plan for your real estate business?

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1. Content is King

  • Provide valuable and dynamic content to your target audience
  • Fulfill a need. Your content should answer some unmet need or question for your customer. It needs to be useful in some way to the customer, over and above the basic real estate service
  • Use Quality and Compelling Images and Design
  • Quality over Quantity
  • Be authentic – find your voice
  • Content Ideas to Enhance Your Marketing
    • Your website’s main articles
    • E-Newsletters
    • Start a blog and post weekly tips, how-to’s, market updates
    • Quick tips or notes that you can upload to social media (WBNL 365 is coming January 1)
    • E-Books or PDF downloads
    • White Papers
    • Online videos
    • Webinars
    • Podcasts
    • Presentations and slideshows
    • Flow Charts
    • Infographics
    • Checklists


2. Budget
Every business needs a budget and a method to track your expenses and return on investment.  Use the WBNL Real Estate Business Plan tools to forecast and track your marketing budget. A good rule of thumb is to invest 10% of your gross revenue back into your marketing budget.


3. Consistency
The 3-7-27 law of prospecting states it takes 3 contacts for someone to recognize your name; 7 contacts for them to associate your name with your business; and 27 contacts for them to feel comfortable doing business with you.  Use a marketing calendar or schedule to stay on track.
Keep consistent in your branding and messaging.

  • Does your branding match who you are and the value you provide?
  • Is there a consistent brand look & feel online and offline?

4. Specialize
To compete and win, consider being the best in the world at one thing.  What is your target market, niche or specialty? Understand the demographics and psychographics within the geographic area. Don’t try to be all things to all people.


5. Strong Call to Action
Always include a call to action (CTA) in all marketing materials, both online and offline.
What do you want the prospect to do?

  • Call
  • Email you
  • Fill out a form
  • Click through to a website or landing page
  • Go to a web address
  • Respond to a survey or question


6. Measure, Monitor and Follow-up

  • Online – use analytics, tracking codes, tools that will help you analyze what’s working and what is not working.
  • Know your Return on Investment (ROI)
  • Make any modifications to your overall marketing plan based on tracking and results
  • Have a solid follow-up action plan for any lead or prospect

 

Are you ready for coaching? Take your business to the next level today. Schedule a complimentary 30-minute coaching session today to find out more.

We also provide a wide selection of other real estate and business coaching programs that are designed with the agent in mind to help you build a successful career with real life instruction on how to implement and execute. 

Real Estate Team Builder: http://realestateteambuilder.com/

WBNL Coaching: http://wbnlcoaching.com/

WBNL Business Builder: http://wbnlbusinessbuilder.com/

Wandering But Not Lost: http://wanderingbutnotlost.com/



The Power of Previewing and Knowing the Inventory - Real Estate Business Tip

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It's a basic yet often overlooked ingredient for success in the real estate business...previewing and knowing the inventory.  In this fast-paced, immediate gratification world, many real estate agents have simply gotten away from previewing available listings and really knowing what's happening in the market.

Excuses abound, "There's not enough time in the day"; "It's not the best use of my time"; "Isn't that what the MLS, the Listing portals, photos and Virtual Tours are for?"  The bottom line is you can't afford to not know the inventory.  It is after all the product you are selling!  Take the time to be the expert in your niche market, farm area, price range, and/or geographical area of town you choose to work.

Major benefits to previewing and knowing your local inventory:

  • You convey confidence, knowledge and expertise with prospective clients when you can talk about properties you have recently shown or previewed.
  • You will be able to convert more ad and sign calls when you can discuss the details of a property the prospect called about and elaborate on other properties that may fit their needs better.
  • It is the quickest way to learn a new target market or become an expert in an area you intend to farm.

Make Previewing an Ongoing Success Tactic- Try These Ideas:

  • When holding an open house, preview all the available listings in the neighborhood
  • Schedule at least an hour a week to preview listings
  • Visit New Home/Construction neighborhoods and network with the onsite sales agents to learn about standing inventory, buyer incentives and any other insights or special offerings.
  • Prior to a listing appointment, take the time to preview the competition
  • Attend broker Open Houses and support office caravans or car tours if applicable

Be a student of your local real estate market and stay on top of trends in real estate (both locally and nationally).

  • Your MLS will generally provide stats, charts and more about your market
  • Check with your title marketing reps to see if they have market data, stats and analysis to share with you on a monthly basis
  • Read the local newspapers and pay attention to articles on real estate and the economy
  • Subscribe to Inman and RISMedia articles
  • NAR has abundant resources on Housing statistics

Are you ready for coaching? Take your business to the next level today. Schedule a complimentary 30-minute coaching session today to find out more.

We also provide a wide selection of other real estate and business coaching programs that are designed with the agent in mind to help you build a successful career with real life instruction on how to implement and execute. 

Real Estate Team Builder: http://realestateteambuilder.com/

WBNL Coaching: http://wbnlcoaching.com/

WBNL Business Builder: http://wbnlbusinessbuilder.com/

Wandering But Not Lost: http://wanderingbutnotlost.com/