I am not a machine. It’s taken me a while to realize that I’m not the Energizer Bunny. I can only go and go for so long before I crash. On more than one occasion I’ve gotten very sick physically simply because I worked too hard for too long without adequate rest. And so, I’ve learned my lesson: healthy leadership comes from a healthy body. Here are some suggestions to help you tap the breaks…
- Schedule Time Off. I would suggest actually putting it in your calendar. Block off some time each week to do something fun, relaxing, or even nothing at all!
- Don’t Feel Guilty. This is a big one for me. I have to constantly remind myself that it’s okay to take a break. I’ll be a more effective leader if I’m well-rested.
- Stay Accountable To Someone. Ask a close friend or family member to check up on you. Don’t try to do it on your own!
You can only lead well if your body and mind are working properly. “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work, your judgment will be surer.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
If you’d like to read more on the importance of rest in leadership, here’s a great post.