Managing your time in today’s professional environment is more than just a nice skill to have – it’s a necessity.
Working within the insurance industry requires juggling a variety of tasks that demand attention – from policy analysis to underwriting, market research to client meetings, and frequent collaboration with brokers, underwriters, and colleagues. It’s critical for insurance professionals to have a clear understanding of how to balance this growing list of demands – because without a proper time management strategy, the risk of burnout and inefficiency is high.
A few effective time management strategies include:
Begin each day by identifying your most critical tasks. Divide tasks into four quadrants based on urgency:
- Urgent and important
- Important but not urgent
- Urgent but not important
- Neither urgent nor important
Focus on the tasks within the first two categories, as these have a direct impact on your goals and productivity.
Set SMART Goals
SMART goals help you to define clear objectives. Break down any large goals into small, actionable steps that can be more manageable to tackle.
Leverage technology tools, such as project management software, calendar applications and communication platforms to optimize task management and streamline communication. Whenever feasible, automate repetitive processes to minimize manual workload.
Delegate, Delegate, Delegate!
Don’t be scared to identify tasks that can be passed to team members with the relevant skills and expertise. Skillful delegation not only frees up time but also empowers your team to assume responsibility and enhance their abilities.
Reduce interruptions by silencing non-essential notifications. Consider trying to work for 25 minutes then taking a 5-minute break, to maintain high concentration levels.
Avoid Screen Fatigue
Nothing is worse than hitting a wall at 3pm from staring at your computer for too long. It helps to follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus on something at least 20 feet away. This gives your eyes (and mind!) a chance to relax and refocus.
Regularly Review & Make Adjustments
Regularly evaluate your time management strategy to identify any adjustments that need to be made. Flexibility is key!
In the insurance industry, an effective time management strategy is essential for success. By prioritizing tasks, setting clear goals, leveraging technology, and implementing smart strategies, insurance professionals can maintain a healthy work-life balance. Keep in mind that time management tools are a continual journey – make consistent adjustments to align with your needs. Proficiency in these time management strategies will enhance the ability to deliver outstanding client service, make well-informed choices, and excel within the industry.
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Kristen Nevins, CDMP, has over a decade of experience in marketing and communications. She joined Direct Connection in early 2018 and leads the team with her extensive digital marketing expertise. You can follow Kristen on LinkedIn for more.