It’s so easy to get swept away in your business as a leader, now more than ever where it’s easy to book back-to-back meetings online. There’s always work that needs to get done and you could easily work 24/7 left to your own devices in an attempt to catch up. In environments like this when do you allow yourself to stop and walk away, can you?
To be “on” 24/7 is not healthy, you know that. Working “hard” is not always “smart” – create a fun work experience. When you feel guilty that you take off evenings and weekends it’s an alert that you’re pushing yourself too hard.
If you crash & burn it’ll impact not only your life but others. It signals to your staff that they are expected to do the same, and mistakes can easily be made.
It’s easier said than done and starts with you. What kind of leader do you want to be? When you feel good about yourself and your contributions you can show up for your team on a different level.
There will always be an abundance of to-do’s in any business – there’s only one of you – it’s OK to take time out or breaks.
While it takes time to create, finalize and launch a business or product it’s not always about the hours worked is it? Being able to take a step back and connect to the vision is important and having a team that helps you create it adds to that.
How do you balance the needs that you have as a leader and person? Listen to your body and gut instincts, to get directions on what will create flow and a smooth ride for you.
Being able to check out and focus on anything but work is important. Rest provides insights and well-being, your body & mind needs it and so do your family and friends.
There’s an abundance of activities you can engage in – what playtime looks like to you will be different than others, what do you enjoy engaging in?
Taking a break from work every couple of hours to simply breathe deeply can create a well-needed reset and extra oxygen to your brain that can spark new ideas.
Whatever you choose, listen to your inner gut.
Reward Yourself & Your Team
Celebrate your milestones – create a notebook and write down your achievements. Review and acknowledge them for yourself, especially when you think you’re not doing enough.
Take a timeout with your team weekly to share group and individual achievements. It’s great for morale and acknowledgments can go a long way.
Show that you care about your people and they’ll help you achieve your targets and balance life and work.
When all is said and done, what works best for you authentically? Be yourself. Be happy.
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