I am tired of hearing ‘experts’ talk about the ideal day, week and month. The importance of work-life balance, exercise, community and family. We work too many hours, we are always connected, my boss pushes me too hard, the shareholders want more, the expectations are too high.
The dreaded answer to how are you? Defaults to the boring one word answer……BUSY!
I work hard and I love the challenge of running a business. I choose to do it. But I know the level of intensity is not healthy or sustainable.
I recently pushed too hard, it wasn’t pretty. I was in a bad mental, physical and emotional state. The business and people around me suffered. My decision making and leadership personally and professionally were poor.
I write this blog on my return from a 9 day break from the rat race of everyday life. A couple of school mates and I started a tradition of visiting a new country in October every year. This year was the beautiful Philippines and its exquisite islands.
“As I sit on the plane flying home, I have my mojo back”
We need to continually balance our energy to sustain our complex lives.
After 20 years of managing people and experimenting, this is what works for me:
Daily – time commitment to silence, reflection, personal development and family
Weekly – 4 day work week and exercise 4 days a week
Monthly – a weekend dedicated to catching up with mates
Quarterly – 90 days working hard and followed by a 7-10 day break
Annually – two family overseas trips
There is no one size that fits all!
This is not a recipe, this personally works for me. I am very grateful that running a business and having a very supportive family gives me the flexibility to manage these personal rhythms.
I challenge you to consider how you balance your energy and life as a whole.
Give it some thought and challenge your employees to do the same.
As HR Consultants over the past 12 years, we have worked with thousands of business owners and senior executives. Not giving answers, but asking the right questions.
If you don’t discover your personal rhythms, the consequences are real. You will burnout, lose great talent, get sick, affect others, suffer mentally and underperform in more than one area of your life.
“We are adults and sit in the driver seats of our lives, challenge yourself first and then the people around you”
Humans are complex, each of us are unique and our situations evolve. Be brave and find YOUR ideal personal rhythm.
I challenge you to be selfish and work your personal rhythm back into your life.
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