The most successful real estate professionals have one thing in common: they never stop learning. As a new agent, you have to keep that in mind even if you just got out of school or are still working toward your license. Working in such a rapidly changing industry means that you, too, must continue to change. Below are a few tips to help:
Find the right fit. Do you need a teacher to hold you accountable? Do you prefer online courses? Before signing up for a class, do your research to find the right fit and set yourself up for success. To start, scour the internet and look for courses offered online by Real Estate Express. Do you know a real estate pro who has the exact skill you want to excel at? Ask them how they learned—you may be surprised.
Clear your schedule. Whether you simply plan to use two hours on Saturday morning to study solo, or you’ve signed up for a one-day course on a new technology you want to implement, make sure to manage your schedule to set yourself up for success. Ask your spouse to take care of the kids’ morning routines, let your family know when you won’t be available and take time to fully incorporate your educational goals into your schedule.
Prep. In addition to clearing your schedule, do a little preparation the day before. The night before, set up your study materials in a quiet place in the house
Avoid distraction. Set your phone to silent and turn off the WiFi on your computer (if you don’t need it to study). Take the few minutes before class to center yourself and rein in your focus.
Stay consistent. If you’re creating your own study schedule, try to create a consistent habit, like two hours Saturday morning or every Sunday afternoon. This will help when planning your week and force you to hold yourself accountable.
Make it fun. If you don’t naturally find your study subject fun, add joy by rewarding yourself. Grab coffee with a friend or colleague after that workshop is over, take a long study break walk with your pup, or go see a movie.
Make it attainable. Let’s be real: Taking on too much at once means setting yourself up for failure. While the weekend is a great time to steal a few hours for furthering your career, it’s important to also leave time for rest, fun, friends and family. Start slow and steady when it comes to scheduling time for learning and add more as your workload permits.