When is the last time you hit pause for yourself? It can feel like the last thing you want to do when you’re overwhelmed with work or trying to grow your business, but often, it can help us move in the direction we want to go. So often, mortgage professionals are in a constant state of go-mode, never fully disconnecting from their work. While grinding like this might feel productive, it’s rarely sustainable. If you’re wanting to build long-lasting success in your business, pressing pause for yourself from time to time can be a valuable tool. Here’s what I mean:
Schedule Your Breaks
During the average workday, do you have a chance to pause? Do you give yourself a device-free window where you can decompress? On busy days, this might feel nearly impossible, but carving out this time in your schedule can be highly beneficial. Even by giving yourself a five-minute break, you help yourself reset and re-energize. On busy days, this can help you maintain the energy and focus you need to power through.
Define Your Personal Time
As loan officers, our workday rarely ends at 5pm. We want to be available for our clients and often end up taking calls in the evenings and on weekends. This is an important part of the job, but it doesn’t mean that we should have no separation between our work and personal lives. Maybe you give yourself a cutoff time, that after 8pm, for example, you silence your phone. Or perhaps you carve out a few windows on a weekend day to check in on work, but the rest of the time to designate to your personal life. Finding the right work-life balance helps professionals to thrive, and it’s different for everyone.
Respond to Stress
What do you do when you’re feeling stressed at work? For many professionals, they keep plowing forward. But usually, this only increases our stress. At best, it has us working at a lower capacity. When you feel your stress levels spike, see if you can fit in a pause. Maybe go for a walk, check out a guided meditation, or read a few pages of your book. Responding to stress early on can help you curb the response and get you back into an optimal state for work.
Assess Your Goals
When was the last time you paused and assessed your goals? So many of us get caught in the daily grind that we rarely make time to take a few steps back and look at the bigger picture. By taking an occasional break to sit and evaluate your goals, define them clearly, evaluate your progress, and adjust them as needed, you can significantly boost your chances of achieving them.
Do you see any value in hitting pause? Whether it’s a five-minute break, making time to reflect, or taking a vacation with your family, a pause can come in many different shapes and sizes. I find that by giving myself some time to disconnect, I’m able to better avoid burnout and continue making steady progress towards my goals.