Fredrik Eklund is the CEO of Douglas Elliman’s bicoastal Eklund Gomes team and an original cast member of Bravo’s ‘Million Dollar Listing.’
The executive and TV personality has been learning to navigate a new market and routine as the former New Yorker has been settling into life in Los Angeles since late 2019 — and working through the pandemic since March.
He lives in Beverly Hills with his husband and twins, who are two-and-a-half years old.
In an interview with Business Insider, he breaks down the daily routine he follows that keeps him motivated and focused.
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Fredrik Eklund became a public figure as an original cast member of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing New York” reality show, but that all changed when he moved to Los Angeles in late 2019. He’s been running his business from a new coast since then, as well as preparing to join “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” in July.
And since March, he’s been practicing social distancing from his Beverly Hills home, which he shares with his husband and two-and-a-half year old twins, while running Eklund Gomes, a bicoastal division of luxury real estate brokerage Douglas Elliman.
Eklund’s contagious, on-the-go energy is obvious on the show (and over the phone with Business Insider), and he said the transition from running around the city meeting clients and showing properties to working remotely has been a big change.
“I don’t think it’s healthy to be in front of the screen all the time,” he said. “Real estate is like a contact sport, and I want to keep it like that.”
But in the interim, while physical contact with most clients has to stay limited, Eklund said he’s found there’s even more to be accomplished in the virtual workday, adding that he’s used to working from the moment he wakes up. The most important difference now, Eklund said, is that the extra time at home has let him feel like “the best dad in the world.”
With four offices, over 80 employees, and a show to shoot, Zoom calls are always on the roster, but Eklund said that while he’s keeping productivity high, it’s important to prioritize family and self-care in times like these too. “I always try to work with my assistants to not do more than 2-3 zoom meetings in a row.”
Crediting much of his productivity to a well-organized calendar, Eklund told Business Insider that having his day planned down to the minute plays a huge part in his success.
And he let Business Insider have a look.
45 minutes on the treadmill with an empty stomach.
I watch the New York markets and make calls to Europe, start casting off emails to keep up with the East coast.
You have to have structure. Early mornings are very important. Buddha used to wake up at 4, wake up before the competition. If you keep pushing snooze, you’re like everyone else. Work out, really try to push yourself against the comfort zone of sleeping later.
Breakfast with the kids. They’re talking …read more
Source:: Business Insider – Life