You envision an insurance agency that's humming with productivity. Your employees are dedicated, and your finances are thriving. How do you make this a reality? You and your employees can get more done at your insurance jobs by following tried and true productivity tips.
Schedule Your Work
According to Neil Patel, "The Pareto principle states that 80 percent of your results come from 20 percent of your efforts." One way to start your day off right is to create a to-do list the day before. That way, when you come into the office, you have a focus for your day. Stick to your schedule, but make it spacious enough to allow for flexibility. If you can schedule a large priority and a few smaller priorities, you won't be overwhelmed by all that you need to do, and you'll be more likely to successfully complete what you have started.
Get Awful Things Done First
Everyone has a task or a project that they dread. When you know you find the task unpleasant, it is easier to procrastinate. However, if you can get rid of that task on your to-do list, you will feel liberated to do other work. After all, that other work is far more pleasant than that big brute of a task. Whatever your awful, ugly task is, get to it right away because you'll be able to focus far better when it's done.
Do Brain-Intensive Tasks In Your Most Productive Time
Many people are the most productive first thing in the morning, but that doesn't mean that you are productive at that time. Spend time during the work week noting when you feel most energetic and when you feel sleepy. If you are tired after lunch, try not to schedule heavy mental tasks during that time. You'll complete them much more quickly when your brain is at its peak.
Create Private Spaces
While the open office trend is all the rage, it can be a challenge to get work done in a louder environment. If you have to focus on a specific project, consider finding a private space or using headphones to allow yourself to focus completely on the task at hand.
Batch Your Email
Email, text messages, and even phone calls are a constant drain on your time. According to Entrepreneur, "A work day can be a storm of notifications, with each alert keeping us up to date on everything and nothing simultaneously. " However, these notes and notifications can be extremely important to your business as well. You lose a lot of mental energy if you constantly switch back and forth from emails to texts to your work at hand. Unless being online on chats and emails is the focus of your job, try to focus on email a few times a day instead of flipping over to your email when you want to avoid working on larger projects.
Focus on Wellness
If you're the harsh taskmaster in the insurance office, people will not be delighted to come to work. Why not encourage people to take a walk at lunch or take a sick or vacation day when it's needed? Your employees will appreciate the suggestion and upon return, they'll be more refreshed and ready to focus on the work at hand. Taking a break allows people to focus later, especially if that break is for rest or exercise.
At American Agents Alliance, we're here to help you get things done. With our assistance, you can promote your agency, find coverage such as E&O insurance, reach out to prospective employees, and more. Contact us today to learn more about the ways in which we can work together to grow your insurance business.