Real estate is ever changing.  You have to keep up with regulations, guidelines, trends, the economy and so much more.  Staying on top of things can be difficult, but it’s worth it.

If you found yourself struggling this past year to stay organized and prepared you need a fresh start.  The New Year is the perfect time to take a step back and evaluate your organizational techniques or lack thereof.

Set a New Year’s Resolution to be more organized this year.  Being organized allows you to be prepared for unexpected situations.  It also shows your clients and potential clients that you are serious about your job and about helping them.

Organization is about finding what method works for you.  What works for one person doesn’t always work for the next.  My husband and I are perfect examples of this.  My husband is all about technology.  He uses his phone for everything; scheduling, reminders, etc.  I use my phone for some things, but I prefer to have a tangible planner that I carry with me everywhere I go.  I write everything down from work assignments to doctor’s appointments to grocery lists.

The following are few organizational techniques you should implement into your work life to help keep you prepared and ready for anything.

Planner:

Have some kind of planner.  It can be in your phone, like my husband, or day planner, like me.  Decide which one works best for you.  Scheduling your time will help you be more productive throughout the day.

You should also have a monthly calendar that you can use to see what events or tasks you have coming up.

Lists:

I am a list maker.  Lists are wonderful because I know that once I write something down I don’t have to remember it anymore; I can make room in my brain for more important things!

Try making a daily list of the things you need to get done.  Cross off each one as it’s completed.  If lists work for, keep using them.

Filing System:

Every paper you receive needs to be filed away or thrown away.  If it isn’t something that you need to keep, get rid of it.

Have a filing system set up for any kind of paperwork you need to keep.  There are many different methods for filing.  Search the internet for one that you would be able to implement and would be sufficient for your needs.

Clean Office Space:

Clutter around your work space can be distracting and clients find it unappealing.  Your desk should be clear of anything you do not regularly use.  There should not be any piles of papers, books or miscellaneous objects.  Having a few family photos is fine, but you don’t want to fill your desk with so many personal items that you don’t have room to work.

Do a quick overview of you your work life and figure out what parts need more organization and structure.  Try different techniques to find out which ones work for you.  Stay on top of things and you will find that you have less stress in your life and that you are impressing your clients.