An independent mortgage broker’s work week can be hectic and stressful. You’re juggling multiple tasks, you have important phone calls to make, and there’s a pile of paperwork sitting on your desk. Walking into the office on Monday morning—knowing everything that must get done that week—can be daunting. Luckily, there are small changes you can make to your Monday routine that will allow you to conquer the work week with ease.
Read on for five tips on how independent mortgage brokers can make the most out of Mondays, maximizing your productivity for the rest of the week.
- Eat a Healthy and Hearty Breakfast
When scientists and doctors say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, they aren’t kidding. Whether you’re pursuing leads in the office or traveling to a closing, breakfast is the fuel you need in order to feel focused and energized throughout your day. Without it you may feel tired and focus on food rather than your work. Take 20 minutes to cook or grab a meal replacement shake on your way out the door—putting something in your stomach is the first and most important step to starting your Monday off right.
Some of the most successful people on this planet exercise before they head off to work. Research has shown that those who work out before heading to the office have lower stress levels and as a result are more productive throughout their day. Not only does it lower stress but it enhances mental health and circulation; leaving you feeling happy, healthy, and ready to tackle your day.
3. Get Organized
As an independent mortgage broker, you may have several clients with unique needs and it is important to keep this information organized. The first thing you should do when you get into the office in the morning is to set goals and determine tasks that need to be completed for the week. One strategy we have found to be effective is called “chunking.” Created by entrepreneur Tony Robbins, this system is extremely easy to implement and highly effective. You simply write down all of the things you need to complete for the week, and group similar items together. Then you complete your tasks one chunk at a time. This allows you to complete tasks that all relate to one another while keeping you on the same train of thought.
4. Take a Short Break
Many perceive productivity as sitting at your desk and working for eight hours straight with no breaks, yet this can actually be extremely counter-productive. It’s important to stand up, walk outside, and take a few minutes to refocus. Independent mortgage brokers are often sitting at their desks, looking at their computer monitors for extended periods of time, and this can have negative effects on the quality of your work and on your health as well. Studies show that taking a 5-10 minute break every few hours can reduce stress. This not only has health benefits—as it exercises your muscles and increases circulation—but it also allows you to clear your mind enabling you to dive back into what you were doing full steam ahead.
5. Change your Mindset
It all starts and ends with your perception of Mondays. If you go into your Monday dreading it and thinking that it’s going to be stressful, then it most likely will be. It is essential that you gradually adapt and embrace an excited and ready-to-go mindset about Mondays. After a few Mondays pass, this mindset will become a habit and Mondays will indeed become one of your most productive days of the week.