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3 KEYS TO RECHARGING MENTAL BATTERIES

Posted By Kim Watson, Corporate Alliance Production, Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The next time you're tempted to work through lunch, think again. As a manager, if you drive others to power-through to get the job done, ask yourself if your goal is to diminish productivity and minimize quality. Psychological research shows that working without pauses actually does more harm than good.

Think about your laptop computer. One of the primary benefits of a laptop is to operate by battery power. However, it’s only effective until that battery runs out. Once recharged, it’s equally effective again.

Everyone has a mental ‘battery.’ The truth is that – although some folks have smaller batteries and need more frequent recharging – we all need to recharge our mental batteries eventually. Otherwise we lose effectiveness in the short term and may burn out in the long-term. That’s where breaks come in. Think of breaks as plugging in that laptop.

Breaks are not one-size-fits-all. But there are a few generalizations that are good to keep in mind (Weir, 2019).

  1. First, choose an activity that isn’t too similar to the work you are doing.
  2. Second, include some sort of physical activity in your break.
  3. And, third, include nature either by getting outside or viewing nature scenes.

A qualified Executive Advisor can help you assess the mental stamina of you and your team members. They will help you be an intentional leader who understands how frequently team members may need to recharge – for their benefit and the organization’s. After all, good leaders don’t want ineffective workers or those who burn-out.

SOURCE: Weir, K. (2019). Give Me a Break. Monitor on Psychology, 50(1), 40-46.

Tags:  breaks  burnout  effectiveness  leadership  stamina 

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