Finding a Work-Life Balance in the World of Appraising

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Keeping a work/life balance can be a little tricky when you’re a commercial appraiser. Whether you work from home or at an office, the workload just seems to pile up sometimes. From the moment you get to your desk, there are clients to call, reports to write, comparables to research… all with end-of-day deadlines, that will keep you up and working non-stop. Of course, it all has to be done — all of this exciting work is the reason why you became a commercial appraiser in the first place! But your to-dos don’t have to leave you feeling overwhelmed and cut off from your home life.

You may be an appraiser. But you have other titles that also need just as much attention. Don’t let work overshadow your roles as a parent, a friend, a pet owner, — or your own personal housekeeper. While it’s great to want to dedicate all the time you can to a career that you love, it’s equally important to make time for yourself and your loved ones. Finding that balance can be difficult. But there are steps that you can take to make sure you have the optimal work/life balance to keep you feeling your best!

Manage Your Time Wisely

It’s easy to feel like you’ve wasted your most productive hours on non-priority tasks. Sometimes, things just pop up; you could be sitting down finishing an appraisal edit and suddenly, you get an email about something completely unrelated. Now you’re dealing with your inbox and the appraisal report you’ve been editing is still only half-way complete. When you prioritize your tasks properly, you’ll finish a shorter workday with more items checked off your list.

Map Out Your Tasks

List all of the tasks that need to be completed by the end of the day. Organize these tasks into a few different to-do lists. Be sure to separate your tasks by level of urgency.

We recommend 3 lists:

  • Urgent/Priority

  • Important/Not urgent

  • Not important or Urgent

Complete your priority tasks when you are most productive. If you’re a morning person who’s energy depletes by the afternoon, get those urgent tasks done right after you get to your desk. Are you sluggish until after lunch? Work on the easy stuff first, and power through your biggest assignments before you end your workday.

Plan your work schedule in advance. Map out the workflow of your week before it starts, and check-in on your weekly schedule each night to make sure you’re on track, or to make adjustments. This will prevent you from feeling bombarded by tasks when you work the next day.

Unplug

Give yourself a few hours each workday to unplug your technology. When you aren’t distracted by texts and emails (or TV, if you’re working from home), you’ll be able to focus all of your attention on your work. Of course, it’s not realistic to ask an appraiser — who needs to keep connected with various clients and associates — to stay disconnected from the world for a whole workday. You don’t have to! You can unplug and re-plug for alternating hours to give yourself the time to check emails and make phone calls.

Schedule Your Personal Time

Set Your Work Hours

Set work hours that work for you and your business’s needs. Make sure you notify your coworkers and your clients of these hours of your operation. Then, stick to them. If your less important tasks need to be moved to tomorrow, then so be it; none of us are superhumans, we can’t do it all! If you aren’t strict about your clock out time you’ll feel pressured to work more than you need to —you’ll also be answering work calls and emails way past acceptable workday hours.

Take a Break

Plan time for yourself in between — and after— your work. Making sure you leave yourself time for a healthy lunch break and time to relax is essential for your personal wellness. If you don’t, you’ll be at risk of becoming part of the 23% of workers who experience breakdowns due to stress and work burnout. It’s also a good idea to schedule a vacation every once in a while. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. If you don’t have money in your personal budget for a week-long trip to Bali, a nice weekend trip — or even a staycation— are great ways to allow yourself time to decompress.

We all know that deadlines are a very important component in the fast-moving property market. So when personal issues occur, it can be hard to tell yourself and your team that you need time for yourself.

Utilize Technology

Contrary to your own belief, you don’t have to do it all. Writing commercial appraisals can be a time consuming and complicated process. Certain steps in the process may not be your strengths, and there isn’t time in the day for your brain to exhaust itself with mental gymnastics. Outsourcing some of your work can definitely take a bit of the load off of your back.

A great way to optimize your productivity is to utilize great technology to help your operation run smoothly. You can more easily keep your business data up to date with an appraisal management platform. Applications like these are all-around appraisal managers that enable you to more easily track your work assignments, clients, expenses, properties, and sales. With applications like Valcre, you’ll be able to create comprehensible, personalized reports in record time. With all the extra help, you’ll have time for dinner with your family, time at the gym, and a good reading session before your next day. Curious about how an appraisal management app works? Request a  free demo and find out for yourself.

A career in real estate can be very flexible if you need it to be. But when you love your job so much, it can be easy to get swept away by your work without a proper plan for keeping the rest of your life in check. Save yourself the stress! Try out these methods for balancing your work and personal life… you may end up with a lot more free time on your hands.