It is common for leaders to neglect their wellbeing when juggling the many responsibilities involved in managing an organisation. While that might be a short-term solution in times of peak workload, it should never become the norm. Poor mental and physical health can rob you of enjoyment and, if ignored, lead to poor decision making and enforced absences. It can also lower staff morale if it results in inattention, short-temperedness and unreasonable expectations.
Making space to regularly do what refreshes and revives you is a ‘necessity’ rather than a ‘treat’. Make eating healthily and exercising regularly the norm. Prioritise sleep and regular medical check-ups. Spend at least one day a week, preferably two, away from your place of work. Turn off the technology and spend quality time with family and friends conversing and having fun.
Consider what you spend your workdays doing and whether this is an effective use of your time. What do you enjoy doing? What is yielding the best results for you personally and for your organisation? Do you need to outsource or reallocate any work?
Stimulate your mind by learning new things. Grow your skillset by reading books on business-related topics such as leadership, customer service and quality control. Watch webinars, read newsletters from thought leaders and listen to podcasts. Engage a mentor or life coach to challenge your thinking.
Finally, if you feel you might need help to restore your health and wellbeing don’t delay in seeking help from your medical professional.
This article was first published in the Mercury Bay Informer of 4 September 2019. See www.theinformer.co.nz