I always leave work right at 5:30 p.m.
It’s not that I’m a clock watcher or don’t have more work I could do. It’s because I know my downtime is one of the most important aspects of being successful.
We all want to perform well, stand out and get respect from our boss. But that doesn’t have to come at the price of your personal well-being. This concept is especially hard for young professionals to grasp because they are hungry to learn and want to prove themselves in the workplace. But not allowing yourself the time to take care of yourself can work against you.
Deepak Chopra, M.D., an American bestselling author, public speaker, and prominent alternative medicine advocate, recently wrote on the topic of mastering self-care as a busy professional.
“…don’t let the work overwhelm you. Don’t compare yourself with others to your detriment. Avoid unproductive stress, the kind that has no beneficial outcome. Don’t let your relationships suffer from the job. Don’t bring your work home if you can help it.”
As a renown physician and businessman, his advice makes you think twice about what really makes you successful in your career.
I believe you need to work hard, but also allow time to recharge so you continue to stay productive and passionate about your work. Here are a few ways I manage to stay healthy and successful.
- Don’t be a slave to your e-mail
- Unless I have a specific client matter I need to attend to, I don’t check e-mail on my way to the office or after I leave for the day. This helps me unwind and eliminates unneeded stress.
- Take breaks
- Don’t stay in the office all day. Get out for at least 30 minutes and take a walk, window shop or grab some lunch. Taking some time to recharge will help you be more productive throughout the day.
- Reward yourself after a long day
- I give myself something to look forward to every day after work. From a relaxing yoga class, to dinner with a girlfriend, to watching a few of my favorite shows, I make sure to reward myself for working hard.
- I cannot say enough about exercise as a stress reliever. There has never been an instance where I have regretted working out after a long, stressful day. It’s one of the best ways to reenergize and prepare for a new work day.
Being successful doesn’t mean long hours and constantly being plugged in. If you work hard during your normal hours, but also make the time to take care of yourself, you’ll always come out on top.
How do you take care of yourself and stay successful?