Having coffee with some members at a recent Syndicate meeting, one CEO shared his feelings of exhaustion and desire to get away. He was not alone in his sentiment. The discussion then moved to the importance of keeping one's batteries fully charged.
It is commonly thought that the perks that may go with high-powered positions compensate for the workload. However, as was pointed out, the tremendous amount of stress that accompanies these senior positions cannot be overlooked.
While your Executive Assistant is employed to deal with the minutiae of working life, the typical day consists of a constant round of meetings dealing with issues such as sales, marketing and general staffing. There will also be occasions when you have to take strategic decisions that could affect the very survival of the company.
All of this means a great deal of stress, which could have a detrimental effect on your professional performance and health - the term 'burn out' comes to mind.
Studies show that performance increases after breaks of all durations: from extended vacations down to microbreaks of 30 seconds. Strategic renewal - including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent holidays - boosts productivity, job performance and, of most importantly, health.
So, in answer to my question 'Is there time to relax when you are CEO', I firmly believe not taking a break is actually unsustainable.
The next time you think there aren't enough hours in the day to just chill, remember that in order to carry out your duties to the best of your ability you need to relieve that stress and relax by dedicating some time to yourself.
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