Balancing highly focused work effort with adequate rest and recovery is invaluable in any performance venue - work, athletics, sports, hobbies, etc. Without adequate recovery time, we overstress our bodies physically, emotionally and mentally. Energy levels suffer and peak performance is impacted.
With regard to work activities, recovery time not only includes planned vacations and time away from work on the weekends, but should also include daily rituals designed to regroup and recover from the stress associated with your day-to-day work demands. High performance periods throughout the day MUST be balanced with recovery periods throughout the day. Without those recovery periods, performance tends to ebb substantially due to inadequate physical, emotional and mental energy availability.
Consider These Daily Recovery Rituals to Energize Yourself:
- At the beginning of each week, load a desk drawer up with healthy snacks - nuts, low-sugar fitness bars, etc. During the day, take a 10 minute break to eat a snack from your snack drawer and drink a bottle or glass of water.
- Stand up and stretch for 10 minutes.
- Walk a floor or two in your office; stop briefly to chat with a colleague or two for a few minutes.
- Ride down to the local Starbucks or coffee shop with just a blank pad of paper. Drink a cup of coffee and unload anything on your mind onto the pad.
- Call a good friend or family member and chat for 10 minutes.
- Close your door and read something 'fun' for 15 minutes.
- Close your door and write a handwritten 'thank you' note or two to someone.
- Go for a 10 to 15 minute walk outside.
- Browse a nearby bookstore for 10 or 15 minutes.
- Close your office door and tweet some friends.
RULES to Follow During Your Recovery Ritual:
- Close your office door, when possible.
- Turn off your phone(s) or forward your calls to voice mail.
- Turn off your computer screen and your computer volume.
- Turn off your email inbox bell or tone.