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While “balance” is a mindset and a practice rather than a goal or a condition, there are some solid, practical things in this HBR article to increase resilience and reduce burnout – and a few things to watch for. If you want to increase your own and your team’s ability to manage challenge over time, try what’s in that article, but also practice these three things.
1. Mindfulness Meditation
Yes, meditation. Mindfulness meditation is the buzz these days because of its proven effects of reducing stress levels and improving health outcomes – but not just sitting with crossed legs, closed eyes, and mudra-hands (though that, too). Meditation practices come in many forms – the pause before the meeting starts, the undisturbed walk around the building, paying attention to what’s for lunch, and also sitting at a desk, back to the glass door, following a 7 minute guided meditation from your smart phone. Having taught meditation to employees and executives alike, I’m certain that no one practice works for everyone. But I’m also certain that there is at least one practice for anyone.
Strategy 1: Develop your own mindfulness meditation practice that works at workand practice it. Bring in someone who can teach some simple practices to your team and, more than anything else, practice the practice.
2. Work Hard, Recover Hard
I was amazed and aghast at this HBR article. 54% of American employees didn’t take all of their earned time off last year. Why not? Fear for one reason. Fear of being seen as replaceable or not necessary. Another reason? Being the “ideal worker.” Ideal workers consistently put the company ahead of themselves – and do get benefits from it. Ideal workers are relied on and tasked more than others, meaning they get more opportunities and rewards than others. This can apply to vacations or off-hours availability. To some degree, this is a matter of wiring more than programming, but whether it’s fear or ambition, most people who don’t recharge – however they would choose to – inevitably burn out. The irony is that the failure to be present to life outside of work makes it impossible to be present to life inside of work – presence doesn’t do “boundaries.”