With no shortage of work to be done, it can be difficult to find time for life outside the office. Jonathan M. Owens, CFP, AIF, a 12-year MDRT member from Clackamas, Oregon, sets numerous boundaries to make sure that doesn’t happen.
He doesn’t work before 8:30 a.m., and the reason is that he goes to the gym every morning. “That’s ‘me time,’” he said. “If I’m going to go to something that has to do with networking, that will be during lunch or work hours or between 4 and 6 p.m.
“I know that the morning is a great time to network, but I choose to work on myself. Then when I get to the office, I’m working on the business.”
Owens uses time at the gym to plan his day, but he does not see it as work, only a focus on himself that will benefit him later. “I start my day with adversity physically; that way, I know I can handle anything that’s thrown at me during the day,” he said.
He also has always had a rule about not working weekends. “Weekends are for family,” he said.