Being the leader of your business … especially during a pandemic … is draining.
So many priorities, responsibilities and accountabilities in front of you each day. Not to mention all the noise coming at you on social media.
No doubt it leaves you feeling depleted … and likely just wanting to tune out.
The good news is that’s exactly what you must do if you want to recharge your batteries.
Leisure time has become a thing of the past for many business owners. The truth is … our businesses are on our mind at all times.
I’ve talked to so many business owners who agree that disconnecting from work feels next to impossible these days. They’ll sneak a peek at their email when they’re supposed to be having dinner with their family. Or open their laptop to finish off a task before they head off to bed.
You’re in good company. While the physical boundaries between personal and professional have become blurred … that doesn’t mean your mental boundaries must follow suit.
Here’s a fact …
Seasoned leaders disconnect from work on a regular basis.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook leaves the office every day at 5:30 so she can have dinner with her kids at 6.
Richard Branson, Found of The Virgin Group, leaves his smartphone and computer at home while on vacation and instead uses a pen and paper to jot down any inspiration or thoughts that come to mind.
Oprah steps out of the busyness of her day to meditate at least once.
Granted … these are all big names with a team of support behind them.
But you have at least these two things in common … you own a business and you’re human.
No doubt … they’re just like you … feeling the pull of work, often during your personal time.
Even if you have a small team or you’re a solo entrepreneur you have the power to disconnect and recharge.
Disconnecting fully so you can recharge your batteries takes practice, time and awareness.
And it doesn’t have to happen all at once … the best shifts happen by taking small steps.
So here are some things you can try:
- First … write down your office hours … this puts a hard boundary around work time. Be sure to include whether you’ll work on the weekends or evenings.
- Next … Set your non-negotiables. This could include, exercise, volunteer work, or spiritual practices.
- And finally, leave your laptop and phone in your office during your personal time. Admittedly, this will be a tough one especially given our current situation. But this is truly powerful. Even if you start an hour at a time, or have a no-phone policy at the dinner table. Consider disconnecting from social media even for a couple of hours. It’s all moving you toward unplugging.
I have a client who powers down his phone and shuts his laptop every night by 7 so he can get wind down and get a good night’s sleep.
You can do the same … read a fiction book, start a hobby, or take a walk.
These are all beautiful ways to remove work from your mind so you can truly restore your energy and recharge your batteries.
That’s your next step …