Reduce computer and television time!
Back to work again after last week’s festivities with my Office Open House. It has been a busy time with few moments sitting still. That has been good for my health. The latest scientific report on this subject shows that sitting still is even more hazardous to your health than smoking. That is big news. I have always been a big anti-smoking enthusiast trying to help every smoker to quit smoking. Now I have to turn into a big anti-sitting enthusiast too after reading this report from Australia.
Celebrate your milestones!
Last week I wrote about the overwhelm I had before my Open House Celebration. I had really a lot to do and not much time for reflection. But it was all worth it. I had a fantastic Celebration party and a lot of people came to my office. They drank Champaign, ate apple pie, drank coffee and mingled. Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves and I know that at least two new business connections were made. To me the whole event was a proof of my hard work, that I am on the right track and it gave me visibility in my network. Yes, it was all worth it.
Take a deep breath and shoulders down!
Have you ever had the feeling you have too much to do? I figured so. I would say all business leaders have felt that way sometimes. Some feel it all the time. I am at that point right now, for the moment I really feel I have too much to do. When overwhelm hits you it is important to wake up fast before you lose control completely. Because then it is so much harder to get back on track again. Then it is so hard to get an overview. Then you start making mistakes. Then you start to forget things. Then you …..
Last week I attended a great seminar about leadership. From 8.15 am to 5.30 pm – a full day! 13 prominent leaders from different companies and organizations, all getting 25 minutes each to give their view of what good leadership is. The audience was 350 business executives and leaders from all over Sweden. It was all arranged by the magazine “Chef” (Chief) and held at the beautiful venue “The Winter Garden” at The Grand Hotel in Stockholm. Service was ok but I was not impressed by the food, had expected much more from such a well-known hotel. Nevertheless I had a great day.
About the need to take breaks
Back on the health track again after last week’s blog about my Heart project Better Globe. We are already a week into October and summer feels far away. A lot of business leaders are telling me they are so tired and they would need more vacation. When I ask what they do during their workweek I understand why they are tired. No breaks, working overtime, always multi-tasking and taking work home in the weekends. They must believe they are “Superman/woman”. If you find yourself working that much it is time to do some changes if you want to last!
Where do you live?
Let’s move on to a subject that most people would not directly connect to health. It is the question of where you live. What your neighborhoods looks like. This might not be a big deal for yourself as business leader; you are most often the winner in this issue. But it might be interesting if you have hired people who come from other kinds of neighborhoods. Let me discuss this.
Money makes the world go round, the world go round …
Time to move on to other things that affects our lives and our health. Things that are outside our physical body. Money is one of them. There are so many sayings about money. Money rules! Easy come – easy go! Money can’t buy you happiness! (A truth I proved wrong in previous blog post). And business leaders have double trouble – they often have two economies to worry about – their own and the company´s. Why is money such a hot subject?
What kind of office do you want?
I am so happy. Last week I got the key to my new office. It is a brand new office – the house is barely built. The workmen still go in and out and complete things they missed to begin with. But I don’t care. They are welcome because I am so happy. The office is one big room with a kitchenette and a wc. That is all. But the room is huge. I will have my work desk in a corner but also a large table for workshops and conferences. As you see on the photo the windows are large and just by the street.
Can you limit stress to healthy levels?
Let’s move on in my list of physical health. It is time for STRESS! Well, stress fits in in the mental health department too. Stress plays dual roles in our lives. A little bit of stress keep us moving and alert making us do our best. A lot of stress is on the other hand detrimental to our health. The thing is to find the balance in life where we can use this knowledge to our advantage. Our stress mechanisms are part of our ancestry heritage – the mechanism is there to save us from dangerous situations.
It is time for a good night’s sleep!
Remember this blog is a continuing story from the last few blog posts about getting control of your health and life as business leader. We have dealt with physical activity and food intake. Now it is time for a good night’s sleep. Let’s look at your sleeping habits and see if they support you or if they work against you. To be a successful business leader you need to sleep properly at night. And you do not sleep properly on your workdesk!