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WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY?

As Community Association Managers, we often feel like we are constantly trying to justify our jobs. The responsibility is enormous, and we are constantly vigilant about the tasks that need to be completed for  the routine, scheduled and ad hoc maintenance projects. Keep up the good work. There is a need for professional management, and despite the fact that you may not receive “thanks”, you are needed. On any given day, there are a lot of simultaneous moving parts to manage and delegate in the community including: personnel, vendors, owners, guests, board members, projects, attorneys, school buses, entertainment, elevators, pool/spas, disputes and emergencies to name a few (maybe more than a few).

You are an asset and a professional!  Do your best job each day. Leave it at the office; don’t take it home with you. Find and strive to maintain balance in your personal and professional life.

Go get ‘em!

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Manage Your Time or It Will Manage You

As Community Association Managers, we know that our lists, schedules and plans for the day are often changed due to whatever crisis presents itself when we arrive at the property. Those unexpected interruptions are part of the deal; however, how many times are we interrupted by owners and board members who just want to visit, or sit and watch what is going on in the office?

We must set an expectation as to how much time we can devote to these visits. It’s okay to ask them to limit their time to five minutes, or set an appointment to discuss a matter that goes beyond the time we have at the moment. It is also prudent to let the board members know if you are too busy to discuss what their “non-emergency” issue is, and you would be happy to address it at your earliest convenience.

If we continue to allow others to manager our time, we will end up working on our own time, and that is not fair to us or our family. Allowing the job to interfere with our personal time is a major reason manager’s “burn-out”.

Endeavor to find balance, and you do a better job at work, and be a better friend, spouse and parent.

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DON’T NEGLECT YOUR PERSONAL LIFE!

I overheard someone say the best advice they ever received was “don’t neglect your personal life”. We seem to prioritize everything before our loved ones thinking they will understand because they love us. Instead, let’s invest in our “real life” the one we’re building and creating with our family. The job or business is temporary; family is a constant.

Invest wisely.

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