5 Ways to Overcome
Toxic Productivity

in Real Estate

By Gianne Orillosa

Productivity is excellent, but overworking resulting in sacrificing relationships or health, is not. The 24/7 work ethic can kill real estate productivity, leading to burnout. You can take action to stop toxic productivity and reclaim a happy working life as a real estate agent.

1. Prioritize the important over the urgent

Reframe your to-do list such that what’s important isn’t always urgent. The Eisenhower Matrix can help you. The matrix has two axes: importance and urgency, and four categories:

  1. Urgent and important
  2. Not urgent but important
  3. Urgent but not important
  4. Neither urgent nor important

Prioritize the first quadrant. Then, schedule activities daily for the second quadrant. Quadrants three and four are time-wasters.

Toxic Productivity - Eisenhower Matrix
2. Detach professionally

Professional detachment means knowing that your work is not your identity. You may be productive and committed without letting your work as a real estate agent define you. Your real estate career is only part of your life. Work mistakes don’t define you. Be kind to yourself.

3. Plan your downtime and schedule breaks

Unplugging is crucial. Turn off your phone and close your laptop. It can be jarring if you’re always “on.” At Keller Williams Ortigas-27C Realty, our office pantry is always full and set up for your snacks and coffee breaks.

4. Define work-life boundaries

Set a work-life boundary and stick to it to rebalance. Return to work invigorated, not worried nor miserable. Please note that your clients can sense your energy, even when speaking to them over the phone.

Maintain work boundaries. Without boundaries, your staff, associates, or fellow agents can easily abuse you.

5. Listen to music

Add music to your workday. There are dozens of playlists for relaxation and productivity. Our office at Robinsons Galleria Mall plays mood-enhancing classical music from Bach to Mozart.

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