…that ties health and our bodies together.” – Thomas Dekker
…I didn’t get much done this weekend. I think I slept for 12 or 13 hours straight on Saturday, which I haven’t done since I was a teenager. By the time I got up it was pretty late in the day. So I got up and took a walk, met a few interesting people along the way, had lunch with them, then walked home.
Afterwards I slept some more.
I think I’ve been so focused on just getting through the past few weeks that I guess I didn’t realize how tired I was. I was so fixated on my various personal and professional goals that I forgot to take care of myself.
As we get started this week, I would ask you to remember that just as no one will manage your career, no one will manage your health. I spend a lot of time in this space advocating people do things and take action. But perhaps I don’t spend enough time advocating for – or personally taking – intermediate periods of rest.
To this point, as people managers and HR folks, let’s remember that our teams are typically at their best when they are not overextended: One of my most productive directs has been with the company for almost 40 years. He’s the oldest member of the team, but one of the reasons I think he’s effective in his role is because every 2.5 months or so he takes a week long vacation (he’s built up 5 weeks PTO over the years). He goes all the way out every single day at work… and then takes long breaks to recharge.
There’s a powerful work-life balance lesson in there for all of us. We may not all be able to take 5 weeks off a year – I don’t think I would even want to, personally. But to ensure our continued good health I think it advisable that we do occasionally take time to re-charge. This isn’t about burnout (a separate phenomenon entirely). It’s about feeling as good when we’re 60 as we do/did at 25.
Do you take time to recharge? If you’re an HR person do you coach your managers on monitoring the pace of their teams? If you have directs do you manage the output of your own? Please let me know in the comments section below.