Rick - you're right, clients will take over your schedule if boundaries aren't established. I've found that clients worth having will respect your time more than clients who only waste your time anyway.
Connie - I have a friend who swears she has never worked on Sundays in over 30 years in real estate. She's closed at least $30M in single family home sales every year in the six years I've known her (my calculation based on properties I've seen her list and sell - she doesn't work with buyers).
Annette - Friday is one of my busiest days, but Monday is a good day off. I've never felt guilty about going fishing while everyone else goes to work.
Joan - Lee Iacocca, former CEO of Chrysler, didn't like workaholics on his staff and always urged them to take time off. He said, "how could I trust $800M to roll out a new car to a man who can't even plan well enough to spend time with his family?"
Suz - I like the one day scenario. Taking an afternoon here and there isn't the same.
Rick - I agree. We don't do Sunday open houses during the NFL season or the World Series. Clients usually want Sundays off, too.
Judi - I read a study a few years ago that said it's better to leave the phone on so that you can relax knowing that nothing is wrong or the phone would be ringing. A lot of stress can build up if you turn off the phone, because you're left wondering if the world got destroyed by an asteroid and no one called to let you know (or the business equivalent). If someone calls on my day off or after hours I might answer, but if they want anything done I'll tell them it will get done when normal work hours resume.
On another note, I ALWAYS use the current day of the week when asked this question by a buyer or seller.
They rarely notice. They do think about it and it becomes an important 'later' conversation.
Practicly speaking...Mondays work best for me. Beaches are not crowded, Attractions are void of kids. Traffic is reduced. Everyone else is tired and recuperating.
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
JOAN LORBERBAUM MOORE
9858 Clint Moore Rd