A Stanford University Study suggests that people who work more than 50 hours a week get the same amount done as people who work more (up to 70 hours a week). Don’t leave the office with homework. Smart individuals know the significance of changing gears at the end of the week. If you don’t wind down and relax, your team members can’t either.
Disconnecting is the most imperative end of the week task. If you haven’t disconnected electronically you haven’t really left your work at the office. If it isn’t possible to disconnect completely set some clear boundaries. Let your teammates know where and when you will check messages and emails. Also, be clear about the times during which you won’t engage, for any reason outside an emergency, with your work. Plan special activities during which your phone and computer are turned off.
Reflect on the past week. Reflection is a key activity for personal development. Spend some time each weekend thinking about the most successful people in your industry, your own organization and what it is you are doing to be more like them. Being away from the hustle and bustle should allow you to see clearly and objectively where you are going right and where you need adjustment. Bring your reflections with you to the office the next week and let it guide your work.
Find a passion outside your work. Let yourself get lost in something you love. This could include creative pursuits like playing an instrument or painting. It could even be something as simple as playing catch with your kids. You’ll be surprised how clearing your mind will reveal a clearer path to your goals.