We’re moving into summer vacation season. Rest. Relaxation. Rejuvenation. Concocting. Brooding. Scheming. Yes. Yes. Yes. No. No. No. Most leaders I talk with are working too hard; they never shut it down. No wonder they run out of ideas. This year, please, take a couple of weeks off… really off. Cut yourself off from the office. Completely. Honestly, your organization will benefit, your team will benefit, your family will benefit, and you’ll see the world with new eyes.
What date will you shut off your work email and phone? How many consecutive days will you leave them off? (Make it at least seven, preferably ten or more.) What will your “Out of the Office” reply message say to indicate that you really won’t be accessing this for a while? How will you hold yourself accountable to this?