Your phone, tablet and laptop are not the only things that need to be recharged on a regular basis. So do you! Whether you need a burst of energy in the middle of the day or need to envision your career path with a revitalized point of view, there are several strategies that can help you find the drive you need to meet your professional goals.
All professionals need to dedicate time and thought toward recharging. A tired, unmotivated individual cannot project a high level of Executive Presence or put forth the most positive and enthusiastic image possible. These qualities will enable success in the workplace and will help in developing lasting professional relationships.
Strategies for Recharging…
During the day
To make it through the day and into the evening with energy to spare, try the following strategies.
- Do you take lunch at your desk or in meetings every single day? For many professionals, it can be impossible to step away from work, even for a few minutes. If you simply can’t leave your work at lunch every day, aim to step out of the office for lunch at least once per week. Without even a short break to clear your mind, the seemingly endless stream of work can wear you down.
- Gather some vitamin D. Take advantage of the warm summer weather by stepping out of the office and into the sun – even for a short, 5-minute walk around the building. Moving your body regularly can also help you to recharge.
- Or, move your body without even stepping away from your desk. The Mayo Clinic recommends several easy head, neck, and shoulder stretches that can offset the tension from sitting too long in one position.
Throughout the Week or Month
Weekends or evenings outside of work hours can help you find the time you need for more extensive recharging strategies.
- Due to professional demands, many of us cannot unplug or refrain from working during the weekend. If this is the case for you, try at least to set aside a few set hours where you decide to avoid reading emails or checking your phone.
- With a few free hours, physically step out of your home or office environment. Research shows that getting out in nature can have health benefits not only for your body, but also for your mind – and both are required in order to return to the office on Monday. Extensive travel is not necessary – going to the park in the neighbourhood can do the trick.
In Your Career
Recharging is also necessary in order to view your career through a long-term lens.
- Through self-reflection, determine the positive and negative aspects of your working style. What functions well? What doesn’t? What do you need to change? Trying a new approach to your work can re-energize you by helping you become more efficient and productive.
- Aim high: set yourself an ambitious yet attainable goal for the year. Whether you set out to obtain a promotion, lead a project, or increase your output, working toward a goal can help you achieve focus and drive in your career.
- If the time is right for you and your company, take a vacation! Studies say that vacations can increase productivity and decrease risk of burnout at work. Not to mention, it can also improve your physical health.