It seems impossible to maintain a healthy work-life balance these days now that we have a lot of catching up to do. For most people, too much time working can cause a high risk of burnout which then leads to mood swings, fatigue, and a drop in work performance. Be it a CEO or a clerk, we all need a functioning work-life balance now more than ever to keep our minds and health in check.
Lucky for the insurance agents because they are their own boss. And thanks to their flexible working hours, they have a say in their work-life balance. Here are some of the ways insurance agents can take control over their time and practise a healthy balance of working and personal time.
Maintaining a work-life balance with an insurance career
Schedule your time
You might love your job and have no problem putting in the extra hours but if you have a family to look after, you need to schedule your time wisely. It is very important to draw a line between work and personal time if work-life balance is what you’re trying to achieve.
Schedule a time for you to get back to your clients and limit the number of meetings you have in a day. Make sure your prospects are aware of your schedule so that they know you will return their messages at a specific time. If you are a parent, schedule some time for your family. The easiest way to manage your task is by compartmentalising and arranging them into categories depending on their urgency and importance.
It is important to keep in mind that you are only human and are not capable of working 24 hours a day. Do not force yourself to follow others’ footsteps. As you are your own boss and you decide how hard you will be working, be watchful of your body and mind.
There really is no shame in taking a break. If you are a morning person, try to finish as much work as you can early in the morning and take some time off in the evening to relax and rest. Depending on the difficulty of your task, try to find some relaxing time here and there.
Science has proven that the human brain cannot effectively or efficiently switch between tasks. So for the sake of your wellbeing, don’t shy away from asking for assistance. You can ask your partner to help you out with some home chores or request help from your colleagues.
That being said, discipline is also key when you are striving for some balance between work and life. When you are disciplined, every task or responsibility of yours will be tackled at the appointed time. There will be no more blurred lines..
Allocate some “me” time
As you prioritise your work and family time, it is easy to overlook the most important component—yourself. In order to achieve a work-life balance, you need to first take care of your physical and mental health. The best way to achieve this is by allocating some “me” time.
Get yourself that well-deserved holiday (or a staycation for now) and be free from the hustle and bustle of juggling between work and family. You can start meditating or exercising, just remember to restrain yourself from worrying about work. You might just find yourself more refreshed and pumped for work.
At the end of every day, take some time to self-reflect. Ask yourself what worked and what didn’t, how you can manage your time better, and how to maintain your work-life balance. It is also good to keep in mind that others are probably going through the same thing as you, and it doesn’t hurt to ask for help or advice from them. Be realistic and manage your time to suit your capability.
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