Thursday, May 9, 2013

Scott Safadi Talks about Managing Leisure Time

As a property management professional, Scott Safadi is all too familiar with the need to balance leisure time with a busy schedule during the week. Today, we talk to Scott Safadi about making the most of weekend time.

Q: I know you have to be really busy with your job. Does it ever slow down or stop?

Scott Safadi: Sometimes it seems like it never does. I routinely put in 50 or 60 hours during the week, and I have to figure out a way to make my weekends sacrosanct, for my own sanity. I recently had a breakthrough on that front, by the way.

Q: Really? What did you figure out?

Scott Safadi: Like a lot of people, I am a little compulsive about my smartphone and checking emails. Even on my off weekends, it was hard to resist that red circle on the mail app on my phone, showing me 50 or even 100 emails on a Saturday or Sunday.

Q: I guess the thinking was to not put them all off until Monday?

Scott Safadi: Exactly. So the next thing I know, I’m going through them on the weekend, and invariably there are going to be a couple that are going to be worrisome or unpleasant enough to get under my skin for the rest of the weekend.

Q: Understandable. So what was your solution?

Scott Safadi: Simple. I moved the app to the last page on my phone. That way, during the week I just have to swipe that page but on weekends I don’t see that red circle staring at me and telling me how many emails I am going to have to wade through on Monday morning.

Q: That’s some pretty good thinking.

Scott Safadi: It’s really important to get the downtime on weekends, for everyone. You want to be able to come back to work on Monday truly rested and recharged, and if you’re stressed about work all weekend, that’s difficult.

Scott Safadi is president of Cal Bay Property Management, and has been in the property management business since 2005. In addition, Scott Safadi is the holder of a CCRM (California Certified Resident Manager) certification.


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