Can You Leave The Office Early Today?
In these chaotic and uncertain times, leaving work early may seem impossible. Business disruption has caused many of us to be working well beyond our typical work week. However, I challenge you to look at working these long extended hours as a risk to your health, productivity, and engagement.
In spite of the advances in technology, many of us are working longer hours than our parents and chronic illnesses such as heart disease and depression are on the rise. We know that stress is impacting many to the point of feeling burned out and disconnected.
Resiliency and Leave The Office Early
How does all of this relate to leaving the office early? I am suggesting that during these stressful times, it is essential that we take care of ourselves. Just like a car, we cannot continue to rev the engine without putting some maintenance back into it – if we don’t, we will breakdown. In order to maintain productivity, we must ensure that we have the energy to be creative and to problem solve the issues that we face.
Are You Working Longer Hours Trying To Get It All Done?
Leaving early is just one strategy in an attempt to control your schedule and not let time control you. By consciously planning to leave early one day this week, I am betting that you will be much more focused on getting things done during the day and will feel a renewed sense of energy by taking that time to create a better balance in your life.
What would you do if you had 20 minutes of ‘free time’ time today? 1 hour or 2 hours extra? What priority would you focus on? Click to tweet
Leaving early is about awareness of how time slips away from us – it’s about failing to make our priorities a priority in our life. Our work is important and we owe it to ourselves and our employer to be present, creative and healthy. How? Control your schedule and be purposeful with your time.
Beverly’s Hot Tips For Building Resiliency By Promoting Leave The Office Early Day:
- Make a realistic plan for your work day – what do you want to achieve and how much time can you dedicate to achieving that item?
- Set an ending time for the day
- Plan for your off-work time in the same way you do your at-work time – again, be realistic
- Are your life priorities part of this daily plan? If not – how can you add them to the plan?
- Look at leaving early one day this week and use that new found time to renew and rejuvenate yourself – be purposeful with this time.
“Control the events in your life or the events in your life will control you.”
If you have some strategies to share – comment on this posting!