If you are intentional about taking time for yourself on a regular basis, great job, do we dare say you are in the minority! Unfortunately, myself included, taking an adult time out is often positioned in last place on our schedule of events. While it's a work in progress, there are a few important things to focus on, along the way!
#1 Work-Life Balance - After years of striving to achieve the perfect work-life balance, talking about it with colleagues, friends, even changing professions thinking it would help, it's taken an adjustment in my thought process about work-life balance. I now simply strive for BALANCE! Each day is a gift, my goal is to spend as much time with my family as possible, that day. Some days it aligns better than others, but realizing it will never be a perfect balance, allows me to make the most of my time, whether at home or leading others.
#2 Be Present - When you get those moments to spend time with loved ones or as a leader are working with your team, be available to them. Close your email, push away from your desk or simply put your phone on silent and turn your attention to the people in front of you.There is nothing that can build a relationship like face to face conversation. An added bonus, your leading by example. As your team, peers and your family see you more tuned in and focused, they are more likely to follow your lead.
#3 Take time for you - You deserve to take a break. Take time to refocus and recharge mentally and physically, as frequently as you can. Think about a regular exercise routine or a simple walk around the block in the middle of the day to get away from your desk. Don't forget the importance of connecting with friends, plan a night out with friends or date night with your significant other. Whatever you do, even if it's simply taking 5 minutes for meditation, it is a great start to finding a better you.
When you are intentional about taking time for yourself and spending quality time with others, you walk away a better person, a better leader. A leader who is refocused and re-energized to tackle whatever is thrown your way.