ROOKIE HACK #22: Take Time Off…Every Week!!

June 8, 2019

We’ve all done it. Work like a dog trying to make something work only to find our best efforts leave us falling short. This can be so frustrating, disheartening, and exhausting! Not to mention that we are in a business that we often don’t see the results of our work until months later.

Being a Real Estate Agent is not for the faint of heart! That’s for sure! So why do we need to take time off every week?

Today, I want to introduce a new idea to you that, hopefully will help you begin your week with a new, refreshed mind and spirit, ready to tackle the difficulties, obstacles, problems, or simply the duties of the everyday.

Here’s the concept: Work From Your Rest.

Let me unpack this for you! When you work all week long only to fall flat on your back in exhaustion at the end of the week, often you find yourself facing a new week with the same amount of exhaustion that you ended your last week.

Don’t work, work, work, and then escape… Begin your week with Rest. Here are 5 ways to rest so your work isn’t as much of a burden as it has been.

  1. Rest Physically. The body is a funny thing. You may not consider it rest, but exercise is a part of keeping your body in a restful condition. Make it a regular habit to get your heart rate up for at least 20-30 minutes a day. When you exercise your heart, you actually give your body a stress release and it releases endorphins (energy stimulators for your brain and body) that make you feel better. Take the time to exercise and then let your self rest afterwards. Make the weekends a time of physical rest for your body by keeping your exercise regimen and letting your body release.
  2. Rest Spiritually. I know, I know, we are all “religion” averse. Possibly for good reason… but I’m not talking about religion… I’m talking about spirit. True Religion is really serving people less fortunate than you and keeping yourself clean in your heart. Take the weekends to recharge yourself spiritually. That may mean sitting in a church or other house of worship and refocusing your spirit by singing, praying, listening to an encouraging message. That might mean getting out into nature and listening to the sounds of wildlife, taking in a beautiful sunset or simply meditating. Whatever you know to be a spiritual activity, don’t deny the spiritual side of yourself. You need a good spiritual rest.
  3. Rest Mentally. To rest mentally, sometimes we need to remember that it’s okay to not be thinking about your next transaction, your next client, your next closing. These things will happen if you have been doing the right things all week long. What will not happen if you don’t take time to rest is mental resetting. You and I need to have at least one day a week where we are not stretching, stressing, or manipulating to achieve or produce. It is important to rest mentally in who you are. Now this can be difficult if you aren’t happy with who you are on the inside. And for that, I would encourage you to get into some community of people who can help you find your identity in something worthwhile and good!
  4. Rest Emotionally. Every week, we are bombarded with the roller coaster of human emotions. We deal with people who are on the roller coaster of the buying or selling process. We deal with other vendors who we are working with for our clients benefit who are also often on the emotional roller coaster. And we, ourselves often find ourselves on the emotional roller coaster. Take time to let your emotions go, release the stress through physical exercise, spiritual community, and mental meditation. But make sure you are letting your emotions have a rest. You can’t control what you can’t control. Don’t let your feelings guide your decisions. Keep your emotions in check and rest emotionally.
  5. Rest Playfully. If you live to work, you are probably not working to live. And if that is the case, you are likely going to burn out, find yourself lonely, and even cheat your family or your friendships out of the generous gift of you. That’s right, you are a God’s gift to humanity. You were made to do more than just work. You have to take the time to play. Play hard. Play with spirit. Play with your spouse, your kids, your friends. But play. And make plans to play more. Don’t let your exhaustion, stress, fear, anxiety over finances, or lack of resources keep you from finding joy in the moments that are right in front of you.

It’s easy to get distracted and side-tracked in life by the work that you need to do. There are going to be times where you have to do what you have to do to make ends meet… but don’t forget to take time and rest. You weren’t made to be a workaholic.

Do the work you need to do during the week, but work from a place of rest, or you’ll find yourself on the edge of burnout. And nobody wants to do that!

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