True Leaders Take Breaks
How to Avoid Burnout as a Leader
People burn out. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a leadership position or not, when you over-exert you burnout. The problem for those who are in charge of leading, that burnout can affect a lot more people than just themselves. Burnout can be devastating.
To avoid collapse, those in a leadership role need to learn how to avoid burning out and how to avoid the ultimate failure of their company or group. The easiest way: simply to slow down and take breaks.
The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Success
There is a lot of advice out there on becoming an entrepreneur, and seeing your company grow rapidly if you are one. Some advice is good and some is bad. The bad advice can cause big problems.
Some of that advice basically comes across like this: you have 24 hours in the day. You only need to sleep for 6 or 7 of those hours. That leaves you 17-18 hours to be working on your business. Hustle, grind, persist, pursue, and various other buzzwords are thrown in. The advice claims if you’re not working yourself to the bone for 18 hours every day (7 days a week), then you’re not doing it right and you will never succeed.
Those of us that know better realize this is a highly unsustainable method of working. It’s what caused Arianna Huffington to collapse in her office only to awake a few hours later lying in a pool of her own blood. She suffered from exhaustion.
Take Little Breaks to Keep Going
A true leader knows when they have to put in those 18 hour days (they may pop up here and there). But they also know that even during those 18 hour days, you have to take little breaks to rest, recharge, introspect and get your bearings.
For every 8 hours of work you do, carve out 30 minutes of “alone” time. This is time when you unplug, get away from the phone, the email, the computer. Meditate if that’s your thing. Pray if you’re religious. Think about life, the universe, everything. Just let yourself break off with your thoughts.
Whether it’s a shortened 6 hour work day, a standard 8-9 hour day, or an 18 hour day; take the breaks to make it through.
Take Big Breaks to Recharge
Working every day is not sustainable. If you work 12 hour days, 7 days a week, after a year you will have worked more than double a full-time shift. Add on the stress of leading people, and you’re going to burn out long before that full year is up.
Leaders take breaks to recharge. They free up their schedule on a Friday so they can disappear on a fishing vacation for a long weekend. They relax on the beach in the middle of winter. They break off with their family leaving work behind so they can focus on what truly matters to them. These big breaks from the stress help to recharge, and reinvigorate the passion. Upon return, things run more smoothly as they’re seen with a clearer vision.
Big Sky Collision Center Trains Leaders
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, our goal is to be the best auto body repair shop in Montana. We do that by training every employee to be a leader. The result is superior worksmanship on your vehicle.