Down Time

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[vimeo id="149343078"] You know, many of us are looking forward to some “down time” after Christmas. With the year coming to a close, many of us have a little extra time on our hands. Maybe you’ve taken some extra time off work. It’s tempting during the break to just sit back and switch our brains off for a couple of days.

But you know, that’s not really healthy or an effective way to refresh yourself. Your mind is extraordinary! It’s like a muscle – the more you work it, the stronger it is. But if you just let it waste away for a week, you’ll find it much more stressful transitioning back to work. Here are a couple of thoughts on ways you can both relax and refresh your mind during a break.

First of all, use your break to dream and strategize about the future. You know, without the pressures, deadlines, and expectations of normal work life, dreaming is actually a lot of fun. You don’t have to plan out every detail. But the best times to catch hold of a vision is when you’re relaxed. So take time to think about certain things you can change in the coming year. Are you fulfilled in your job? Are you being empowered as well as empowering others on a daily basis? These are just a few ideas to get you thinking, but don’t be afraid to dream big!

Secondly, use your break to do some simple preparations. There’s an old saying: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You know, that’s very true for every leader. The breaks or the slow seasons are the perfect times for leaders to prepare for the next thing. Are there things in your workplace culture that need to change? Do you need to lay the groundwork for an incoming project or vision? Whatever your specific situation is, breaks are a great time to make preparations for the coming season.

Lastly, take time to encourage those around you. Every leader should make it a discipline to encourage those around them on a regular basis. But you know, it makes a big difference when you take time at the end of the year to thank each person. When you are intentional about encouraging others even during breaks, they know you’re thinking about them and are invested in them.

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