As a busy executive, you probably work all the time. You have constant deadlines and you often take work home with you. If you are the type who eats lunch at your desk, consider this: When you work hard, you start to get less productive. Something as small as a five minute break can give your mind the rest it requires.
You need your quiet time to reflect and plan. When you have a difficult problem, it is actually more beneficial to take some time off and let your mind process it. Solutions often come when you give your mind adequate rest.
When it comes time to plan anything from your schedule to your marketing strategy, taking some time to think before writing can lead to greater success. Have you ever tried to perform to capacity when you are feeling a lot of stress? It simply doesn’t work.
But with your busy schedule, how can you find those beneficial quiet moments? Use these executive coaching tips to help you make the most of your quiet moments.
Wake up early. Schedule your alarm for thirty minutes earlier than normal. Use that extra time to give yourself the quiet time you need. Resist the urge to do something “productive”, such as checking your email. This may be your only chance to find some peace.
Take time at lunch. Resist the urge to eat your lunch while working. If you have a lunch break, take all the time given to you. Relax. Read. Eat. It doesn’t matter, as long as you do something other than work.
Take five. Sometimes even just a five minute pause can work wonders. Try to take a five minute break at least every hour. Take a short walk, stretch, do some jumping jacks. Try to move your body because this helps increase brain function.
Exercise. We all know that exercise is good for us. But when we are busy, it is easy to let this slide. Physical activity helps us perform better mentally. If you have trouble finding the time to exercise, try to get in three individual ten minute sessions. Going for a brisk ten minute walk before each of your meals is a great way to increase your activity level.
Take deep breaths. Sometimes, we really can’t afford to take any breaks. It happens. But, even periodic thirty second deep-breathing breaks can do a lot to help give your mind the rest it needs. Sit in a chair with your back straight. Close your eyes. Breathe in slowly through your nose. Exhale just as slowly through your mouth. Repeat as many times as you need to help you feel relaxed.
Rodger is the co-founder of www.executivecoachinghq.com, an executive coaching website that helps executives, managers and leaders improve their productivity, leadership and performance.