Healthy Leaders


Leaders Know: Rest

Ben MarshallBen Marshall

This is part 2 in a series on leadership

Leaders Know: Delegation – Part 1


No, really. Stop.

Slow down and breathe for a second.

Take a few seconds to look around you. Stop reading, look up; what are the sights, sounds, smells surrounding you right now?

Was that hard?

It often is hard to do this in the middle of the day. The busy pace of tasks and to-do lists, paperwork and emails pile up. It seems like the list only gets longer and I need even more time to get things done.

But the truth is, I think we can all be more productive if we take the time to rest.

Healthy leaders know how to rest well.

There is a difference between resting and resting well. Resting well is a time of refreshing, filling, and truly taking a break. It’s not binging on Netflix and staying up late eating junk food because you have tomorrow off.

Healthy leaders are willing to make the sacrifice to rest well (because they are unwilling to pay the consequence of NOT resting well).

The #1 way to rest well is to put it on your calendar with a reminder. If you schedule it and have a reminder then you know if you did it or not, and if you skip it, then you have to reschedule it or take some sort of action step with the reminder. You can’t get away from it.

Beyond scheduling it, here are three activities you can do to rest well today:

Take a power nap.

It is backed by science that naps are beneficial, but the length of the nap also matters. Naps of 20-30 minutes are ideal.

Turn off all technology and rest in silence.

Resting is important, but we don’t really rest when we have a phone, or tablet, or TV or computer in front of us. Take the time to sit, read a book, relax outside, or something that is technology free. We need to disconnect, to find time to be quiet and still. It really will positively impact your life and productivity.

Commit to an activity that fills you up.

This is something that will be different for everyone. For some, working out fills them up and increases energy. For others it might be basketball or soccer or football – join a rec league. Others might be filled up reading, or running, or biking. Whatever that thing for you is, commit to do it enough during the week that you stay filled up emotionally, physically, spiritually.

I hope you are able to commit to a lifestyle of resting well when it’s time to rest. It will make you more productive when it’s time to work. Try it out!

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