#4: Be On or Be Off
In #3, we talked about a flexible work schedule. This doesn’t mean that you should be responding to emails and fielding calls from clients while you’re at your kid’s soccer game!
Define your time. Whether you work a typical 9-5 or a flexible/remote schedule, it’s important to separate work time from personal time. When you’re working, you want to be fully available to focus and do your job well. Similarly, your personal time is yours. This is especially important for managers, as emails sent during off hours can often create a stressful environment that trickles down to your employees. Your team shouldn’t feel like they need to be “plugged in” 24/7.
Mindfulness. You need time to disengage, reset, and refresh. One way to do this is through meditation, which can help reduce stress and anxiety and clear your mind. Here are 2 tools to encourage mindfulness:
#1: Set a reminder to take breaks, walks, or simply to close your eyes and practice deep breathing. Here’s one of our favorite apps to download on your phone. It’s free, easy, and customizable!
#2: Practice yoga or stretching. Several companies, such as GoPro, Google, and Facebook, are offering yoga at work. This emerging trend is based on research that yoga makes for healthier and happier employees, which also leads to higher workplace productivity. Positive Adventures offer free yoga classes at our San Diego office.
Care to join us for yoga? Email us and we’ll send you an invite to our next class!