When I started my blog, Real Estate In Stilettos, two years ago, I had no direction and no plan. I just know I wanted to blog about being a real estate agent in Toronto. Seven months into my blogging, and I was a little lost in terms of engaging with my readers and finding my passion within the blog.
I decided that I needed a change and to set myself up in a way that my time was being utilized positively down to the last second.
My previous post about “Blogging With Real Estate: How I Balance My Work Week” focuses on what I do each day of the week that brings my business together. This post is more to focus on what I do on a daily basis to that the most productivity can be achieved in one day.
I’m an early riser and I love mornings (I got this from my dad!). I see each day as a brand new day that sets the day before apart from what the future holds for me. Several years ago, I went through a really bad breakup and I cried and cried until my friends had to force me to eat and not think about it. I did this for three days and finally decided that I needed a routine to keep me busy and focused.
Almost ten years later, and that routine has been embedded in me to make the most out of each day and be as productive as can be, despite having not enough time in the day to accomplish everything I would like to.
My day pretty much starts off at 6am. I am up early and spend about half an hour in my bed, reading emails and catching up on social media. Yes, social media. But remember, social media is a huge part of my online business and being engaged with my followers is part of generating new leads and building relationships.
I finally get out of bed, straight into the shower and get dressed – makeup, outfit, the whole deal. During this whole process, I have my morning tea and fruit. Even if my day does not consists of meeting with clients or colleagues, I find it extremely important to always dress and be ready to WORK even if you are working from home. Pajamas works on days where the weather is gloomy and gross out and you just want to be comfortable or when you are just having one of those days where you know you will be more productive in a t-shirt and jogging pants! But for me, I need to be fully ready and have my physical appearance game ready to feel as though I am at work – to each their own!
By this time, I already have a visualization of the day that I want. I take ten minutes and focus on what I need to do and take a moment to plan out my day. I also do this at night time to reflect on what I accomplished and what still did not get done from the day. I go to bed by eleven and then I make sure that I can get up at six. When you’re busy and there’s too much to do and you need to prioritize, you need that space, in the morning I don’t open my mailbox for that first hour and a half, that’s my sacred space.
I don’t think we’re bringing the best of who we are to all our interactions. The smartphone has become an integrated part all our lives into one device, and if we wanted to have everything so separate, it’s not possible anymore. It’s going to confuse us and exhaust us mentally. One minute you might be tweeting to friends, and the next minute you’re on Facebook for your business or reading work emails.
People are afraid that they won’t be successful.
They’re afraid that they’ll be caught out as a fraud, that they won’t be loved, that they’ll end up alone. I listened to a futurologist professor a couple of months ago and I was really shocked. He’s almost in his seventies now, and he still meets women that don’t share their whole selves with their husbands because they’re afraid that they’ll leave them. It’s baffling that that’s still about!
Remember – people like to be led by people they trust!
The most important thing when you’re leading people is to really create bonds of trust. So the key thing is to be who you are authentically. One of the key things I talk about in the book is vulnerability. So I think if we’re able to show vulnerability with strength – people connect with that.
With Love | Nikki xo