Having been the CEO of a $4b operation, I understand well the effects of overwork. Stress, sleepless nights, 2am conference calls, people who think that simply running on the hamster wheel is work (although it accomplishes nothing). I've learned that I have to take time for myself. I'm retired now, but here are a few things I learned that helped me: 1) I'm more effective in my workday if I start my day with a run or at least a walk at 6am, without news, email, or anything else work related. 2) the exercise clears the cobwebs from my head and allows for better focus throughout the day. 3) I'm better able to distinguish busywork from business when I exercise. 4) a 30 minute walk at lunchtime, usually alone but sometimes with a friend-no business discussion allowed- helps me to recharge that feeling from my morning run so the afternoon stays productive. 5) considering the beauty of the surroundings of that lunchtime walk in the park-the flowers, the trees, the bees, etc-help me to keep my attitude positive amongst all the disasters that need cleaning up during my workday. 6) finally, I'm a much more pleasant person to the people I love the most when I take the above noted times for myself to refresh and keep the stress under control. Too bad that I learned all of that so late in my career...I was very successful, but could have been so much more so had I learned these things earlier.
- 2/21/2016 12:00:53 PM