IS THERE EVER ENOUGH TIME?

 

Do you ever wonder where time has gone?  If you are like most people then you know that there never seems to be enough time.  Serious study has been devoted by efficiency experts to find the best ways to make the most use of our time.  We will discuss time management.  Some of the solutions are no-brainers, yet sometimes it is less obvious moments that cause a loss in productivity.

If you are naturally inclined to live a busy, fast-paced life you might notice that a rigid schedule can maintain order and enhance productivity.  The predictable and planned often do lead to accomplishing goals. Yet when the unexpected occurs such as traffic, sickness, childcare glitches then you can suddenly find yourself feeling overwhelmed and off track.

It seems to be an oxymoron when trying to be more productive to hear someone say take time to relax.  There is something to be said for taking a well-deserved vacation, or simpler moments in the work day to go on a short walk.  Unfortunately, today’s fast-paced society has given a green light to go and go as fast as you can, all day, every day.  This ‘Type A’ living can be detrimental to your health. Taking breaks has been proven to reduce the stress that puts you at medical risk.

Another thing to consider are the things that steal time.  In this modern age, we are in constant contact with the world.  We wear smartwatches, carry cell phones, and travel with tablets and laptops.  We are connected 24/7.  Checking emails and surfing social media can easily rob our time.  The next time you are in a public place look at those nearby.  More often than naught, they will be looking at their phones not engaging with each other.  In the workplace being ultra-connected can be counterproductive.  Avoid distractions by scheduling blocks of time to interact with emails, texts, and social media.

There are other less obvious things that interfere with productivity.  Be aware of when you work best, and save more challenging tasks for that time of day whenever possible. When we try to do things outside of our body’s natural rhythm, we can find it harder to stay focused.   Keep in mind creature comforts have an impact, such as getting enough sleep or being hungry.

Good record keeping is essential to working more effectively.  For many people, untidy work areas and clutter can create mental blocks.  If you find yourself procrastinating or searching for lost items, take a look around your physical and digital workspace. Start each morning or end each day with reorganizing and decluttering your desk.  If you lack inspiration, just spend a few moments searching for ideas on Pinterest. By doing this you will quickly see that some people have too much time on their hands.  Although joking aside, there are many great ideas to save time and money.

Finally, we make it to the obvious productivity tool: the list. There are endless ways to create a good to-do list.  A popular way of list making is to create a priority matrix.  By dividing tasks into 4 quadrants it is easy to prioritize.  The labels can vary, but usually gives each square a status like: do now, do later, urgent, or not urgent.   Once you have a list, is there anything that can be delegated to someone else? Decide which things can be broken down into smaller tasks.

At Newby Management we value strong work ethic, but also value serving others.  These two ideals are well paired together, yet sometimes clash when we are swamped with work.  During these moments you may feel compelled to keep at a work task.  It is easy to find yourself annoyed at having to direct focus to a resident coming in simply to chat. It is in these moments that your response can have an immense impact on the way you are perceived in your community.  Think about the Bible story of Mary and Martha.  Jesus put emphasis on knowing when it is important to lavish in the social rather than focusing solely on the tasks at hand.  While there are moments that you cannot have a conversation, the way that is conveyed by your body language will speak volumes about your character.

Are you ready for the truth about social media and your mobile home community?

mobile home marketing, mobile home property management companyTechnology has drastically changed the real estate market. Home buyers and investors have more ways than ever to search for and sell real estate. Social media is having a huge impact on how we live. Facebook continues to lead the way for social media with over 1.6 billion monthly users. Put that further into perspective is that every 20 minutes 1 million links are shared, 2 million friend requests are made and 3 million messages are sent worldwide. The typical Facebook user has a minimum of 300 friends. The potential reach of social media is unequivocally exponential and a bit astonishing!
Social media has revolutionized the way we do business. It is no surprise that every facet of business is reaching out to Facebook and other social media outlets to help promote their products and companies. It is estimated that 80% of realtors use Facebook to promote their business. With that said, there are many advantages to using social media in a mobile home community.

PROMOTION AND CONNECTION
Social media is another marketing avenue to promote our homes that are for sale and rent in our communities. Beyond any doubt, pictures help sell homes. We live in a visual world and great pictures with detailed captions can be alluring for potential buyers. Virtual tours and slideshows are popular. The choices for marketing a home on Facebook are limitless. You can add just one photo, create an album, a carousel of photos, a video or a slideshow. You can target strangers with paid Facebook ads. These ads can be set up as a single picture, a series of pictures or as a video. These paid ads can be customized to reach a pin point target audience, or be shown to a broad spectrum of potential buyers and investors.
Since it is not limited by physical boundaries, social media is a great way to stay in touch with residents. Our Northern friends can still feel part of our communities despite being many miles away. Creating events can help unify your community. Well planned events are one of the areas we should put our focus, as these events lead to greater satisfaction when our residents evaluate our communities. Keeping active events also let outsiders know we are a fun and active place to live.
As humans, we are wired for connection. Even the most self-proclaimed loner needs some social interaction from time to time. Facebook can help us in our creative efforts to involve everyone in our communities. Encourage residents to connect with not only our community, but also their relatives near and far. Facebook can help those who do not get around as easy anymore to maintain relationships and contact with others who are able to provide companionship, household help and more. Encourage your residents to reach out and help others as much as they can. We all need help from time to time, and that really is what community is all about. Lifelong friendships can thrive in communities like ours, and we can cultivate and grow those seeds for a loving, fun, and sincere atmosphere. Serving others is how we share the love of Christ to those in our communities.

TRUST, ENGAGEMENT, AND REACH
Facebook and other social media can create a rapport with potential buyers, and in some circumstances can be the driving force behind a transaction. Realtors have long since known the value that social networking has on making sales. Technology brings traditional networking to a whole new level. Social media allows one more platform to serve our residents and share our values. We are able to get to know our residents and let them know more about us as a community.
The networking potential is why Facebook and other social media platforms have become so popular in the business world. When our residents share their love for our communities over social media, the reach of those posts are limitless. When we share pictures from our events, and celebrate with our residents we are sending a positive image out into the world about our communities.
When we do feature our homes on Facebook, and then our residents take the time to share these posts with friends and family, we get instantaneous affirmation that we are serving our communities well. After all, they wouldn’t share them if they were not enjoying where they live. When they share these posts we have an opportunity to attract and engage potential new residents. The promotion of a home by even just a handful of residents or a marketing savvy realty company such as ours mobile home marketing, mobile home property management company, paired with the astronomical influence of social media can create a lot of promising traffic to help all of our communities reach their targeted goal of 100% occupancy.
The sum and substance here is that technology and social media are much too mammoth to be ignored. As we look towards the future, we know that social media will continue to shape the world we live in and the way we conduct business. We are in a unique position to serve our residents in every way possible, and in this modern age, that includes effectively utilizing social media. We need to enthusiastically embrace the opportunities that social media avails to us and respond with vigilance to keep our communities tech savvy and ready for the future.