You are not a machine, you are a vital, creative and in-motion human. Do you give yourself the replenishment you need to keep going? Better that you do, or burnout and discouragement can occur. Without refreshing yourself periodically how can you stay productive? In reality, you cannot.
What refreshes you? Do it often.
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1. Stop what you are doing
2. Figure out what got you so tired
3. Decide if you can go on with what you are doing
4. Figure out how you can get some rest
5. Get some rest!
6. Rebalance and restore
7. Don’t let yourself get so tired again
8. Make balance a priority in your life
9. Acknowledge the importance of rest
10. Give away the delusion that you have endless energy
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Sometimes you get weary. It is inevitable with the pace of work and life today. Even with a good balance to your life, you can run out of steam. What do you do when you are weary? The key is to stop and restore. Sometimes, you cannot stop right away as you have deadlines or demands that must be attended to. In that case, endure, but don’t go too long. You can wear yourself out and that does you no good.
Develop a pattern of restoration to employ when you feel weary. Perhaps it will involve getting out of your environment, rejuvenating with rest, identifying the root cause of your weariness and addressing it or having some fun. Weariness doesn’t serve you. When it shows up, acknowledge your weariness and eliminate it.
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Rest and a periodic change of scene are essential parts of balance. In a previous blog post, I wrote about the power of renewal . Now is a great time for a break. What kind of break are you planning in August?
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Our speeding world does not preclude rest, it demands it. Someone said to me that the world is speeding up to such an extent, that it forces us to find the still point at the center of the storm. How do you rest? Do you crash when you can go no further? Do you schedule time to rest? Have you created a flow between rest and activity? As a manager, rest is an asset, not a distraction. Rest refuels you to go out there again. Rest creates space for creativity and fun and rejuvenation. You are not a machine. Rest, and you will be a better manager.
How much time have you taken for yourself this summer season? As our military recognizes the need for rest and recuperation, so should managers. You are expending energy, experiencing stress and thinking on your feet every day. Somewhere in there, you need to refuel. Otherwise, your energy dwindles, bit by bit, until you are slowly dragging through your days-mentally, physically and emotionally.
Make rest and recuperation a regular practice and you will stay at the top of your game.