To simply my life, I often say “no” not “why”. Figure out your priorities and stick to them. No need to provide a rationale.
I remember taking what my mom called a “mental health day” and just staying home school and watching General Hospital. (Yes, that reference dates me). Regardless of your company and/or personal policy everyone needs to disconnect in order to reconnect - especially in the digital age. So make sure you take your vacation dates, personal days, emergency days or whatever you call them.
Schedule time to do nothing! Don’t buy the WiFi on the plane. Plan a vacation where you are active - biking or hiking. (Hard to text and bike) Get rid of phones in meetings. Sleep with them in another room. Pick whether protocols work for you, but pick them!
Personally I am not one for “vague” plans or rough scheduling. In this digital age, left to our own devices (excuse the pun) we aren’t connecting. We need to ask ourselves - does our calendar reflect our values and if it doesn’t, schedule accordingly! And, be on time. :)
It’s not the number of days or hours we work. It’s about being intentional about how, where and when the work gets done. If people flexible to take care of their own lives when they need to, everyone is less focused on hours worked and face time. Companies with cultures where employees feel comfortable about authentic about what they need fare much better.
College is not only about what you learn in the classroom is about the relationships you build - with other students in class, on sports teams and with professors. I have no doubt that the investment is college is more than worth it when you take away relationships that you can tap into for the rest of your lives. Helpful hint: go to office hours. Get to know your professors!
Left to our own “devices” we are often not connecting. In this digital age, we have to be intentional so that we aren’t lonely and we don’t age alone.
The biggest health risk facing our country is not smoking or second hand smoke. It’s isolation and loneliness. But left to our own “devices” we’re not connecting. The key - be intentional and honor relationships. Leverage to technology to connect when it makes sense but also our technology “in its place” and connect on a deeper level. That is what makes the difference at the end of our lives.
I plan to send Mr. Musk a copy of my book, Bring Your Human to Work. Chapter 7 is called Disconnect to Reconnect and it highlights that importance of disconnection to us as humans but also to the bottom lines of our companies. Working 80-100 hours a week is not the answer.
I read a lot of articles on this topic and I thought this was a great one. To be successful programs need to address both the big picture issues as well as the programmatic ones. Getting older workers to believe they can be retrained and to come to the table is an important step. It’s not as easy as - if you build it they will come.
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