Hopefully most of us will get some down time over Christmas, it has been a challenging year on many levels and some time away from work is a valuable opportunity to recharge and return to work with renewed energy and focus.
One of the challenges as a leader is to create time and space for yourself to process your thoughts and replenish your internal battery. We have put together some suggestions to help you make the most of your holiday break:
- Disconnect: Consciously disconnect from work emails and messages. Set clear boundaries to allow you to truly disconnect and to return with a renewed perspective.
- Focus on leisure: Whether it’s spending time with loved ones, reading a book, or exploring a new hobby, engage in activities that help you unwind and take your mind off work.
- Prioritise Self-Care: Get adequate sleep, maintain a healthy diet, and engage in activities that promote mental and physical well-being. This will contribute to your overall rejuvenation.
- Reflect and Set Intentions: Take some time to reflect on the past year and set intentions for the upcoming one. Consider your professional and personal goals, and outline steps to achieve them. This reflective practice can provide clarity and direction.
- Set Realistic Expectations: You may not be able to completely clear your mind of work-related thoughts, acknowledge that it’s normal to think about work occasionally.
- Create a Smooth Transition Plan: Before the break ends, create a plan for a smooth transition back to work. Organise your tasks, set priorities, and avoid overwhelming yourself on the first day back.
By incorporating these tips into your holiday break, you can return to work feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to tackle new challenges. Remember, taking the time for self-care is an investment in your overall well-being and your success as a leader.