“Sometimes, the best way to recharge is to unplug.” ~ Chris Butler
A short time ago, I took a 2 week period and simply unplugged from my business. As difficult as it was to walk away for 2 weeks, I was reminded of the importance of taking time to unplug in order to recharge my batteries.
As a leader there is a constant drain on your energy. Challenging people, stressful situations, and carrying the weight of responsibility on your shoulders will slowly wear you down.
The fact that it happens slowly over time can take away from your ability to see the long-term effects that stress may be having on you. And even though there are things you can do on a daily basis such as exercise, eating healthily, and meditating, it is imperative that you take time to get away on an extended basis to completely unplug and give yourself the break you truly deserve.
One of the key factors in being an effective leader is operating with a high level of energy and you can’t accomplish that if your batteries are drained. Even the energizer bunny wears down … eventually.
That said, it can be a challenge to find a hole in your schedule to remove yourself from the day to day business challenges. If you wait for a hole to appear in your calendar you may never take time off. You have to be willing to create a hole in your calendar, block it out, and make the commitment to get away.
And as difficult as it is to leave, eventually you should be able to truly enjoy your time off.
Unplugging unfolds slowly, but after a day or two you may start to wonder why you hadn’t done this sooner or you may promise yourself never to put it off for so long ever again.
By the way, it is at this moment that is the perfect time to commit to your next get-away…BEFORE the magic wears off and you’re back to the daily routine.
As the Labor Day (pun intended) weekend is a few weeks away, if you haven’t already, I highly suggest blocking out the time (a minimum of 7 days) to unplug your laptop, your phone, your tablet, and your mind from your business.
And when you come back…you will come back with a renewed sense of energy and commitment in a way that is far more impactful than if you hadn’t gone away at all.
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