“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11:29
As we discussed in last week’s Memo here, I hope you started scheduling rest from working all the time from a daily, weekly, monthly, bi-yearly and yearly time frame. Have you completed last week’s exercise? If not, take a few moments to answer the following questions.
Daily: Where can you schedule time during the day to rest, refresh and not work on or in the business?
Weekly: Where can you take specific time once per week? Will that be one full day per week? A half day? It is understandable that emergencies can come up, but emergencies should not be the “norm.”
Monthly: Where can you take specific time every month? Can you take a weekend once per month?
Bi-Yearly: Where can you take specific time twice per year? Perhaps it is a long weekend twice per year?
Yearly: Where can you take specific time once per year? Perhaps it is a week or two once per year that you take time to rest, refresh, and not work on the business?
As a business owner, manager, entrepreneur or responsible employee, there may be times when you need to take some of the above time to reach a deadline. However, that should be the exception, not the rule. This time from work will give you the energy to do what you need to do and to do it well. Guard it. Evaluate it. And, guard it again.
What about also considering something which may be taking up a lot of your time while you are working? And that “something” is micromanaging. If you are doing a lot of it, it is time to “take a rest” from it. Literally taking a rest will free up your time and focus to concentrate on the things only you can be doing, and should be working on.
Are you a micromanager? Consider the following 10 symptoms of a micromanagement as you make your decision. There are more, but these are some of the more common ones. How many of the following would describe you? (Do not give excuses: just a simple “yes” or “no.”)
As you review the above symptoms, do you think you are suffering from some element of micro-management? If so, it is time to stop, evaluate and see what you need to do differently in order to “take a rest from micromanagement”. This will lead to a healthier work environment to you and your team members. This week, take time to see if you exhibit any of the above symptoms and join us next week as we look at prevention and management.
Have a wonderful week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work