If you’re like most people, you pound as many things into your waking hours as possible – and then feel guilty when you don’t get it all done. Sadly, when tomorrow comes you’ll likely reset the scorecard to zero and do it all over again, wondering why you feel so tired, stressed, and burned out all the time.
Here’s a news flash: you won’t get a hero award if you keep this up! You’ll be exhausted. You’ll be short-tempered and withdrawn from the people you love. And you’ll hate your life.
Oh yeah – you won’t have a life because you’re too busy.
This holiday, give yourself the one gift you most need to give yourself. Beyond staying in your pjs all day at least once over the holiday and sleeping in a few times, make a commitment to change one thing when you go back to work. Take re-charge breaks every 75-90 minutes.
Here’s why. According to research by The Energy Project, your brain goes from full focus to psychological fatigue every 90 minutes. And according to Daniel Pink, the most mature performers are those who think of breaks as performance-enhancers (rather than lost productivity time), and regularly set aside time to recharge. Even if it’s only for a few minutes.
He offers five research-backed tips for taking the right kinds of breaks:
- Something beats nothing.
- Moving beats stationary.
- Social beats solo.
- Outside beats inside.
- Fully detached beats semi-detached.
There you have it! Breaks are a sign of strength. They reflect your maturity as a high-performer. They do not suggest that you’re a slacker, but rather that you are a little smarter than the average bear.
Give yourself the one gift only you can choose to give. Give yourself time to recharge every day. The world needs you to be your best! You need you to be your best.
This article has been written by DeAnna Murphy – the Chief Development Officer for People Acuity and principal author of Shift Up! Strengths Strategies for Optimal Living and Choose to See You – in collaboration with Dr. Steve Jeffs. DeAnna and Steve are both Top 100 Global Coaching Leaders who have provided keynotes and leadership development experiences to leaders and teams in 58 countries.
People Acuity is the world’s premier career pathing technology company established to help leading employers develop, engage, and retain top-tier employees for high-impact business growth. People Acuity partners with employers and industries to construct working career paths for career-seekers, creating talent pipelines to meet defined employer needs.