1. ALWAYS TAKE YOUR LUNCH BREAK
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you’re too busy to take a break from work, even if it’s just a 30-minute stop for lunch. But doing this can actually be very detrimental to your business and your own productivity. Downtime is incredibly important. You need to step away and recharge your batteries so you can return to the task you’re working on with a fresh perspective.
2. HONESTLY ASSESS YOUR BEHAVIOR
Before falling asleep each night, I ask myself: ‘Do I like how I showed up today?’ If the answer is ‘yes,’ then I explore why. If the answer is ‘no,’ I examine why. This inquiry is about how others experience me and the quality of my day. It is not about what I get done, but rather who I am in the face of the day’s experiences. This to me is a simple yet essential ingredient for being a conscious leader.
3. USE TECH TOOLS
Productivity apps like Asana are key for keeping organized and maintaining visibility across the entire company. In other words, it makes sure you get things done. By using tech tools to support my day-to-day action items, I can be productive by identifying areas that need my assistance or offer input where attention is needed. Tech tools like Slack also help to stay connected nearly 24 hours of the day. By providing yourself, and your team, the ability to leverage productivity tools and apps, you empower the entire team to make decisions and create a culture of doing so.
4. TURN OFF ALL YOUR NOTIFICATIONS
No, seriously, do it. ‘I can’t find the time to do actual work!’ I hear this all the time. But what people usually mean is ‘I haven’t yet learned how to prioritize what is important for me or my work, and get it done.’ Do this: block at least three- to four-hour chunks every day to do work and protect that time furiously. And, permanently turn off all of your notifications on your phone and computer. Scared of missing out? This is the difference between a reactive and creative leader.
5. TAKE A BREATHER
A very wise person told me that when you chase into projects, you’ll always be behind, always striving to get to something that is moving. It has proven to be incredibly true: When you take a few minutes and reset yourself and then engage with the task at hand, when the task is at hand (not before it is at hand) magic happens.