There is a certain expectation on bosses to push themselves as hard as physically possible.
However, despite their increased position of power within a company, bosses should be held to the same level of welfare as any other employee – as they’re just as susceptible, if not more so, to succumbing to the same mental and physical well-being issues as their workers.
Statistics from Wellness & Lifestyle Management stated that because of the immense pressure of their workload, CEOs are at a 58.97% higher risk of having cardiac issues, 35% more likely to have high blood pressure and 23.08% more likely to have high cholesterol.
These shocking statistics highlight just how essential it is for business leaders to consider their own work-life balance a priority. But what can they do to make this key change in their lifestyles? These five points present not only key ideas for change, but also a road-map of how to implement drastic changes for improved health and to ensure that work also improves.
Establish your priorities
Of course, increasing your work-life balance means reducing workload, but this doesn’t mean that productivity has to falter. A significant amount of the work that CEOs do is low priority or can be passed onto others. The first step to making this key change is by ranking your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly tasks by order of priority, therefore separating the essential from the non-essential. This doesn’t just apply to work-life; the same logic should be applied to your home life, therefore making more time to concentrate on your wellness, fitness and mental well-being.
Account for the time in your day
So much of your time is likely to be taken up by disorganisation. By truly accounting for your time and planning your days properly, you can not only save time, but create some mental clarity which will help you achieve success going forward.
Make friends with the word ‘no’
If you’re a leader, it’s likely that you often take on the stress and workloads of others to offer what you perceive to be stability. However, this isn’t true stability. Good leaders help actualise change in other, they don’t simply accept their team’s workloads. Start saying no, and make it a regular part of your vocabulary. This will prevent you from being the target for those looking to unload, and free up more time for essential tasks.
Stop seeking perfection
There’s no such thing as perfect, yet most leaders search for it, meaning that projects are drawn out, often changed dramatically and time is wasted on seeking the un-achievable. For your own sake, and the sake of your team, stop searching for perfect, and set your sights of exceptional – or in less-valuable projects, simply a pass.
The temptation in the modern world, where our work emails are constantly available at the touch of a button, where we give out personal numbers to clients and where work-chats send messages instantly, is to stay plugged into that work mindset 24/7.
However, this is actually extremely detrimental to your well-being and productivity. By switching off, you open yourself up to the possibility of a fresh perspective when you return. You also truly unwind and decompress, giving you greater mental clarity. By making the resolution to switch off when not in work, you’ll enjoy your personal time more, and be more productive when you return.