How Working Long Hours Maybe Bad For Your Health
Often Real Estate Agents Long Hours. Why?
It’s interesting when you look at Real Estate agents, they appear to work some long hours. Sure when they sell a house they are able to make good commissions on a Sale and a Buy. Even still, when do they get spare time, and is the commission really worth all that time chasing customers, visiting people, taking phone calls. All in the hope of that one (1) sale? Are Long Hours Really good for you?
Many real estate agents love their job and hopefully that new car they drive around in is Fully Paid for so they don’t have to cost in either a Loan or a Lease. Sure it’s claimable at Tax Time, but that’s once every 12 months, and what happens when there is a drought in sales?
It’s really interesting when you look at one real estate agent who opened up and listed a normal week
From an article, I was reading this real estate agent started at 7 am and finished about 7 pm with ph calls and making bookings.
It’s a pretty long week which is about a 12 hour day and not including driving to the office and home again. It’s one of those jobs you would really want to love in the middle of summer and or winter. And according to the writer having Friday nights off and Sundays.
That’s not much time to enjoy the income you’re making.
Is working the long hours really worth it?
Back in my office day jobs. I remember working long 10 sometimes 12 hour days and some Saturdays, and when looking back on it. It’s tough.
Think about it.
It doesn’t matter what you’re doing for a living if you’re going to work long hours. Unless you absolutely love your job. Why work long hours.
Just think this Real Estate Agents week
- Monday to Friday
- 1-hour driving to work?
- 12-hours at work
- 1-hour driving home
- That’s up to a 14 hour day or (70 Hour Week)
- 1 House open 1/2 an hour?
- 2 – 3 hours follow up
- With travel etc that’s a 5 hour day at the least.
- 2 opens could be another 8 hour day?
- Approx 75 – 80 Week
- Friday night and Sunday off (Unless there is a guaranteed sale then back to work)
- Joys of a Real Estate Agent
- Note this might not be typical of a lot of agents. But long hours.
That’s perfectly ok if you’re chasing the big dollar and the house sale. After all, you think the commissions are really good. But, if you broke it down to an hourly rate. Is it really worth it? Maybe if a house sold in days, but what if it takes weeks to sell?
Then, say if you make a big commission, awesome and congratulations. When do you celebrate the success?
On your only day off? Sunday?
Talking to some Real Estate agents, it’s interesting the hours and the time they put into helping people Sell and or Buy a house.
It’s like when I was working, there always seems to be some figure to meet, Times to complete something.
Truly feel like we pass life by. Sure it might be great to look at your successes and how much you made last year and the future.
Once working out my annual salary, broke it down to the hours worked and the actual hourly rate to make $x. It actually worked out that your hourly rate was not that great.
Each To Their Own
We all have our reasons for looking at long hours and to chase that sale or reach the target.
What, now looking back was, working all week and weekend (usually Saturday mornings) was it really worth it?
After all, one day we all will retire. But would we not have been better to work fewer hours, and make the same type of yearly figure and actually go out and enjoy what we made?
We all Age and unless we keep ourselves healthy retirement could be a time just to relax and think about what we could have done.
Listening to Some Business People and the hours they work. It really makes you think. Maybe you get 3 or 4 weeks holidays a year and if you do actually take them. It’s a crazy rush to travel or do things around the house as you never had time in the other 47 etc weeks due to work commitments.
The interesting thing is once they start getting these big salaries or commissions there is that problem of are you first buying what you need and then get what you want?
Of Course The Smart One’s
Have saved their money, jumped into stocks or bought a few houses for tax purposes and then sell for retirement.
Think forward to say retiring at 65 0r 70, what have are you looking forward to?
In fact look back over the last few years, 30 – 50 when you were working 75 – 80 hours per week. The lifestyle you had was working and paying bills, bringing up children? but it was always in a rush. Time was always of importance. Then they are older and not always have the energy or peak of life to enjoy many Activites.
Health Problems of Working Long Hours
Like many people been able to socialize is a great option, and as you know if your on a good income to be able to go out is pretty good.
This also has an effect. There is one thing which most people, myself included (once) was lack of sleep.
You know working 10 – 12 hours no matter what you do is taxing. But our bodies need Rest and Relaxation.
Sure when you young it’s easy to work out go out of a night time and then sleep in on the weekend until you have kids.
Where a lot of people get it wrong is “SLEEP”
The Mayo clinic has done extensive research and no matter what you do for a living sleep is very important.
Adults need at least 7 – 9 hours sleep a day
Mayo Clinic Reference then you have to consider what sleep deprivation and type of sleep you have.
From past experience. It is very hard to ensure at least 7-hours sleep every night. But think of the advantages
It is very hard to ensure at least 7-hours sleep every night. But think of the advantages
- Better memory (your brain absorbs what you did that day)
- Live longer, it affects quality of life, we all know what it is like to have little sleep
- Curbs inflammation, while you sleep your C-reactive protein (associated with heart attack risk) Plays an active part in anti-inflammation. It is higher in people who have 6-hours or less sleep it
- Sharpens Attention, children aged 7 – 8 who had less sleep suffer from hyperactive, inattentive, and impulsive
- Weight loss people who slept well lost 56% better off with weight loss than those sleep deprived. The same section of our brain which controls sleep also controls metabolism
- Sleep lowers stress
- Less chance of an accident, as it is harder to drive the more tired you are
- Sleep helps moodiness and depression, decreasing anxiety
- Sleep is important to read on
Just think when
You’re working your long hours, what it is doing to your life. It might feel like it is something you have to do. Just think if you do anything, ensure you get a good nights rest, more often than not.
Yes, it might be great being on a big income, have what you want. Have a look at people in your position in their 60’s to 80’s what has happened? Are they active enough to do those things they didn’t have time for in their 20’s – 40’s
- Family Life
- Financial Income
Would you be better off doing this?