Made it another week…
I have been the worst advocate for my own accomplishments throughout my career to a fault.
I am programmed to the following approach in leadership:
- Focus on people 1st
- Clients’ 2nd
- Everything else 3rd
When you prioritize your team and people in general you elevate the client experience. Your team will feel motivated, empowered and appreciated. Ultimately, clients will benefit, the employee will excel (hopefully) and the team will collaborate effectively with growth opportunities for themselves.
Taking the business to the next level.
You have seen this approach from many successful leaders, entrepreneurs, CEOs, etc. many times, before, but can you do it consistently?
I focus on this approach daily.
I always like to see my team succeed, but when you empower your team and you check your own ego out the door it is difficult to showcase your own accomplishments and highlight value when in a leadership role.
I am taking action.
Not only will I be advocating for myself to highlight my accomplishments now, but I will be ensuring I take care of both my mental health and well-being. Even though I work remotely, it’s time I take time out for lunch or a walk around the block. Get some sun.
Maybe a vacation.
It’s my fault, but it’s time to do something about it. I will still empower my team and enjoy their successes.
It’s stressful times, but take time for yourself.
Maintaining your mental and well-being during stressful times at work is crucial for your overall health and productivity. Here are some strategies to help you navigate through challenging periods:
- Practice Self-Care:
- Prioritize sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night.
- Eat well: Consume a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Exercise: Engage in regular physical activity to release endorphins and reduce stress.
- Time Management:
- Create a schedule: Plan your tasks and allocate time for breaks and self-care activities.
- Set priorities: Focus on the most important tasks first and break them into smaller, manageable steps.
- Avoid multitasking: Concentrate on one task at a time to enhance productivity and reduce stress.
- Mindfulness and Relaxation:
- Practice deep breathing: Deep, slow breaths can help calm your nervous system.
- Meditation and mindfulness: Dedicate a few minutes daily to meditate or practice mindfulness to reduce stress and increase focus.
- Progressive muscle relaxation: Tense and then relax different muscle groups to release physical tension.
- Social Support:
- Connect with others: Talk to friends, family members, or colleagues about your feelings and concerns.
- Seek professional help: If stress becomes overwhelming, consider speaking with a therapist or counselor.
- Set Boundaries:
- Define work hours: Maintain a clear distinction between work and personal time to prevent burnout.
- Learn to say no: Politely decline additional tasks if your plate is already full.
- Positive Thinking:
- Practice gratitude: Focus on the positive aspects of your work and life to foster a more optimistic outlook.
- Challenge negative thoughts: Replace negative self-talk with more constructive and realistic thoughts.
- Hobbies and Interests:
- Engage in activities you enjoy: Pursue hobbies that bring you joy and help you relax outside of work.
- Regular Breaks:
- Take short breaks: Step away from your desk for a few minutes throughout the day to recharge.
- Work Environment:
- Organize your workspace: A clutter-free environment can contribute to a clearer mind.
- Personalize your space: Add elements that make you feel comfortable and inspired.
- Seek Help and Communicate:
- If work-related stress becomes too overwhelming, don’t hesitate to talk to your supervisor or HR department about your concerns. They might be able to offer support or adjustments.
Remember that everyone’s experience of stress is unique, so it’s important to experiment with different strategies to find what works best for you. Consistently practicing these techniques can help you build resilience and better manage stressful times at work.
Enjoy the moment and let’s prepare for next week.