Work Smarter, Not Harder

I remember a time when I was working insane hours every week as I simply tried to make ends meet as an appraiser. I was stressed and frustrated, and I even began to dislike appraising. I was burned out. I know many of you are currently disheartened and feel the same frustration.

Over time I have learned principles within the specific areas of human resources, technology, and policies that have allowed me to improve my life both in and out of the office. It is now extremely rare if I am working later than five in the evenings, and I do not work on Fridays or on the weekends. However, I am actually more successful in my business now than I ever was in the past.

Additionally, my life outside of work has improved significantly. I now have time to spend with my family, work on improving myself, and simply have fun. My relationships have deepened, and I find myself feeling happier and more fulfilled

I have learned how to work smarter and my business as well as my personal life has greatly benefited from it. While I do not work nearly as many hours as I used to, my business has improved because I have implemented principles that I now am trying to pass on to others so they can reap similar benefits. The good news is, anyone can do the same thing.  How do I know? Because I have seen it over and over and over again. Those who are willing to admit that something is wrong and commit to making it better can and do just that. Remember, it is not about the work. It is what the work can create in your life. 

For more information on this subject, please download and listen to The Appraiser Coach Podcast Episode: 226 If You Are Working Saturdays, You Are Working Too Much

5 thoughts on “Work Smarter, Not Harder”

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  2. I would like you to explain. You work 8 hrs a day for 4 days. 32 hrs a week. You did 25 appraisals in a week. Tha tis 1.3 hrs per report. You drove to the property, measured and inspected drove to the comps, did you your analysis and reviewed the report that your staff wrote, your average time per report is 78 minutes. You stated you work in a rural area, I also live in a rural area my average drive time per report is 2-3 hr. including comp photos. My contact in the industry 27 yrs.
    If you averaged 100 miles ( rural area) for each report including comp photos 100×25 is 2500 miles a week and you average 55 mph, that is 45.45 hrs of driving and you only worked 32+/- hrs total.

    1. Smoke and mirrors Eric, that’s how the coach gets it done. He’ll tell you how he hired a driver, how great his staff is, and how there’s technology for everything, but just as you called it, the numbers and the truth don’t add up.

      Seek the truth.

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