As a leader, you may feel like you should work harder than the rest of your team. Maybe you feel like you don’t need as much rest as others do. Perhaps you even think that rest is for lazy people.
The truth is that it doesn’t matter how strong you think you are, how motivated you are to get your work done, or how much you feel like you don’t have time to rest. If you don’t make rest a priority in your schedule, you’re headed for burnout. Here are some simple tips that will help you avoid leadership burnout.
1. Take daily breaks
It’s crucial that you take breaks every single day. During your breaks, avoid the temptation to look at your phone. Don’t mindlessly browse through social media, don’t respond to text messages (unless they’re urgent), and don’t make business-related conversation. Breaks are a quick chance to recharge so that you can get back to work, be more productive, and be more effective as a leader. You can take a power nap, meditate, or go for a walk. However you would like to enjoy your break is fine, as long as it truly is a break.
2. Get accountability
One of the best ways to avoid burnout is to get accountability in place. If you tend to be a workaholic, ask some people who are close to you to let you know if they think you need to rest. You can ask your spouse, a close friend, or a business colleague. Make a promise to yourself that when you hear from them, you will listen— no matter how much you don’t want to.
3. Don’t be afraid to delegate
Sometimes leaders feel the need to do it all, which often leads to overworking and eventually burning out. There should only be a few tasks on your list that must be done by you. Other less important tasks should be delegated whenever possible. Delegating allows you to have time to focus on the tasks that will have the most significant impact on your organization. Delegating effectively also will help keep your workload from being overbearing, which will help you avoid burnout.
As leaders, we are always striving to better for the people around us. We can’t lead others well if we’re burnt out. Don’t make the mistake of believing you are immune to burnout. You need rest just like everyone else. But if you take daily breaks, get accountability in place, and delegate effectively, you can avoid leadership burnout.