Increase your energy, take a break
With the end of the summer holidays in recent memory, I thought it might be topical to write a blog about taking regular breaks. Maybe it is a while before your next holiday? I know that some of you find it a challenge to tackle the daily routine again and again without having time out. Feelings of being on the treadmill, lacking energy and getting run-down are common. Whatever you do all day, some of us find it easier to take time for ourselves than others. So which is better? To work on without a break, having lunch on the job with a view to getting more done, or to take regular time out to recharge and refresh?
Most would advise taking regular breaks, and working shorter days. In many organisations there is not a culture of doing this, and it is hard to be disciplined about it, to break the habit of working on. Let’s face it, when you are in the middle of something, it is something hard to pull yourself out for a bit of ‘me’ time.
So, to this end, I have a book recommendation for you all. A coach recommended this to me some years ago when I was at a low ebb, juggling study, a busy full-time job, and suffering from ‘flu. The not so snappy title is “The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal”, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. I actually bought the audio version to listen to during my commute, and it works on the main assumption that if you can manage your energy, and maintain yourself so you are at peak performance, then you won’t need to put so many hours in. Taking regular breaks is a part of this, and it provides some useful insights, such as viewing your working day as a series of sprints rather than a marathon, and giving you the tools to make your breaks become habitual. It encourages the reader to take a holistic look at health and well-being and to change your approach to improve your performance. And if it gives you more time to yourself in the process then it can’t be a bad thing! It made the world of difference to me, and enabled me to feel on top of everything and work shorter days too. I recommend it to everyone who is burnt out and struggling to cope with endless busy days.
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Please feel free to share your thoughts on this below, and if you buy it I would love to know if you found it useful.