When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all. – Theodore Roosevelt
I once witnessed an argument between two friends as to whether the week started on Sunday or Monday. They both had great arguments but, they were both wrong. A great, productive week starts on Saturday.
I have made it my life’s work to study the habits of successful men and women and one of the constants is the pattern of rest and recreation great leaders build into their schedule.
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I could quote studies about the physical and physiological benefits of rest or, the idea of Sabbath (a day of rest that dates to our oldest leadership writings) but, the truth is you know that when you give yourself permission to rest it supercharges your impact. You very well know the lasting result of rest is a positive attitude, happier teammates, clearer strategies and emotional intelligence. Your family and teams are better served when you choose intentional rest and recreation.
This is where a productive week starts. It starts on Saturday by you taking the time to take care of yourself. Saturday is your day to emotionally and physically recharge to take on the week.
So here is my challenge to you, commit right now to spend the next four weekends resting, whatever that means to you! The only rules: no catch-up work, no constant attachment to checking your inbox, no regrets. Rest, recreate and recharge your leadership.