Are you an over-committed insurance pro?

A stressed out businessmanWhether you’re a one-person insurance shop or work as one of a handful of insurance agents in a larger insurance office, chances are good that you’ve over-committed yourself at one point or another.

Being over-committed is not a good feeling. You feel like the whole world is sitting on top of your shoulders OR like you’re drowning, but just barely keeping your head above water.

We’ve compiled this handful of tips to pull you out of the water next time you feel like you’ve put too many projects on your plate.

1) Sit down with your calendar. Are there projects or commitments you can delegate to someone else or push back the due date? Are there days you can reserve strictly for yourself or for you and your family? If you’re not keeping track of commitments and setting boundaries, it’s VERY easy to over-commit!

2) Focus on the most important task or project. When your plate is full, it’s easy to let yourself be overwhelmed trying to figure out where to start. Rank your tasks and projects from most time-sensitive to least time-sensitive, then focus on the most important. This way you’re accomplishing something versus spinning your wheels.

3) Get a good night’s sleep. There’s something about a restful night that makes it easier to accomplish things and give you the feeling that you can tackle the day. Focus on eating well and listening to your body when it’s tired so you’re more likely to be productive the next day.

4) Commit to setting boundaries for yourself. Only you can make change for the better. It’s by learning to say “no” that we begin to take control and prioritize our schedules. No one else can say “no” for you.

Hopefully next time you start to feel over-committed you’ll keep these tips in mind. We’d love to hear your tips and best practices for building a flourishing insurance business without over-committing yourself. Please share here!

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