Property managers, do you feel like your work is always following you wherever you go? Even when you’re not physically taking your work home with you, it’s always on your mind 24/7. Work-life balance is a common struggle for property managers and a lack of boundaries often leads to burnout.
To help you function at your best, here are some effective ways to fully switch-off after work:
Educate your owners and tenants
At the start of each relationship, make sure that your tenants and owners are aware of your availability during business hours. Inform them that if they call you after-hours, you will respond the next business day. By saying nothing, your tenants and owners will assume that you’re available 24/7.
Deal with the big issue before you go home
When a big issue remains unresolved your mind will still be at work even after you are back home. Dealing with the issue before you leave work will allow you to fully relax and enjoy time with loved ones.
Create your next day’s to-do list
Before you head home, write down everything you need to do the next day. Having a to-do list ready the next morning is a great stress reliever. You won’t have to rely on your memory and risk forgetting about an important task.
Assign after-hour calls to your tradespeople
Choose tradespeople who are willing to take after hour calls for urgent issues. Inform your tenants and owners about your after-hour policy so that they don’t bother the tradespeople with trivial issues after hours.
Use an effective phone message for after-hours
Use this message to inform and instruct the caller, you don’t need to be taking calls after-hours. Your after-hours phone message should let people know that you will return their call on the next business day, and if it’s an urgent repair to call your tradespeople.
Switch off your work phone!
If you have tradespeople to deal with repairs issues after-hours and you have an effective phone message, why would you need to leave your work phone on when you are back at home? Just the very thought that you could be disturbed by a work-related call can cause stress. So, switch off your work phone!
What are some other effective strategies you’ve used to maintain a good work-life balance? Share them with us on our Facebook page, so your fellow property managers can know about them too!