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How to Work Smarter with These 4 Tips by Tony Martinez
It is a common misconception that we need to work long and tiring hours in order to be productive and to get ahead. The reality is this - if we work smarter, as opposed to endlessly laboring, we can reach our goals faster while enjoying plenty of sleep, exercise, and leisure time.
Start your day by reviewing your calendar. You have likely heard me discuss the importance of blocking time for your research and other tasks related to your real estate business. Doing this will allow you to stay organized and prioritize without even having to think about it as you work.
How you operate should be proactive, not reactive. Reactive actions are a time suck and indicate that you aren’t budgeting your time correctly. It also could show that you are putting others needs before your own to a fault. Being proactive by managing your tasks is critical to your success. Proactive people act, rather than be acted upon.
Also, respect your need to rest throughout the day. Make time for 10-20 minute breaks every 90 minutes give or take. Use this time to take a walk, eat a healthy snack, or catch up on the news. If you work in a bustling environment with many distractions, make sure you find a ‘quiet spot’ where you can have a few moments alone to think or meditate. Allowing yourself time to rest will increase your efficiency and permit you to concentrate on tasks as you tackle them.
For your own sake, avoid sitting in your office chair all day. Mix things up by visiting your local coffee shop (one of my personal favorites) to get some work done. This will allow you to experience some friendly human interaction, which is recharging. Just make sure you don’t use these other locations as an opportunity to distract yourself.
In sum, if you’re wearing yourself thin by toiling endlessly at your desk... you’re hurting more than helping yourself. Take an hour each Sunday to plan out your workweek, incorporate breaks, and mix it up! Working smarter means taking care of your mental health all while reaching your goals faster than ever before.
Tony Martinez is the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the US Tax Lien Association, which is an organization that is committed and dedicated to helping others achieve total financial freedom through the power of investing in Tax Lien Certificates. With over 20 years of expert experience, Tony is the world's #1 authority on the subject of creating enduring wealth through the little know strategy of investing in Tax Lien Certificates, which gives anyone the opportunity to earn guaranteed fixed rates of returns of 18% – 36% interest per year, and acquire valuable real estate for approximately 10% of market value.