adopted from Carey Nieuwhof’s
Anyone who has led anything remotely significant is familiar with the weight of leadership. The weight of leadership is the sense of responsibility you carry that goes with your job. The problem is it never turns off easily. It follows you home. It accompanies you to bed. It travels with you on vacation.
When it’s appropriate, the weight of leadership can spur you toward leading better. But when it crushes you, all of the benefits of feeling responsible for what you lead disappear.
Many leaders run hard. But you can only run so hard so long. For many of you, it’s been too long. Any leader can run hard for a season, but even if you avoid burnout, eventually it becomes counterproductive to run hard all the time.
Why? Your mood tanks. Your fatigue rises. Your productivity drops.
And—bottom line—it’s unsustainable.
Smart leaders ask themselves: Am I living in a way today that will help me thrive tomorrow? If not, why not?
3. Constant Connectivity
You can leave work, but thanks to your phone, work never leaves you. I’m a connected guy, but even I found the constant buzzing of my phone to be too much.
Last year I turned off all notifications on my phone except for phone calls and text messages. And I’m selective about giving out my cell number.
I no longer feel my phone vibrate every time someone emails me, tweets me, likes a pic on Instagram or interacts on Facebook or Snapchat.
This isn’t just a tip for home; it helps at work too. It’s very hard to do any thinking if your phone is buzzing every minute, which for a season of my life it was.
Since your work no longer leaves you, you need to leave your work.
Another change I made last year: sleeping with my phone in another room, turned off. Yep, I know that’s radical. I use an old school alarm clock to wake me up. Most of the time, I’ve slept so well I wake up before the alarm. Imagine that.