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Leadership Tip: Protect Your Time Away from Work

You're not alone if you find it difficult to avoid thinking about work after hours. However, recent studies suggest that this inclination might not be advantageous, especially if you're new to a leadership position. In fact, you'll feel more exhausted if you dwell on your problems all the time, and your staff will notice. These are some strategies for maintaining a healthy distance from work after hours.


Protect Your Time Away from Work

Find ways to switch gears. Try investing in an activity you enjoy after work to divert your attention from the stress of work, whether it's taking up a new hobby, working out, spending time with loved ones, or just curling up with a book to read.


Establish boundaries between professional and personal time. Give your colleagues a clear understanding of your availability hours, and do your best to adhere to them each day. Establishing clear criteria for yourself and your team regarding when work-related disruptions during non-work hours are acceptable (such as what circumstances qualify as leadership emergencies) can aid in understanding and upholding such limits.


Use time outside of work to rest and recover. Being a leader is challenging. You'll be better prepared to assume leadership roles in the morning if you wake up feeling rejuvenated rather than exhausted.


Read the full article: "Want to Be a Better Leader? Stop Thinking About Work After Hours." by Remy E. Jennings et al.


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