I’ve been thinking about work/life balance a lot lately, so when I ran across that quote from American opera singer Jessye Norman, I knew I wanted to share it with you:
Finding balance can be difficult for anyone, but it’s harder when you’re responsible for many people. If you manage a team of five, you can easily be pulled in seven different directions: five for those employees, one for your boss and one for yourself. And that’s just at work.
Often, it’s easiest to put your needs last. Then, at least, you don’t have to worry about someone coming to your office to complain. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that you can’t put yourself last day after day. Not only is it exhausting, but it makes you resentful. And you can’t be a good manager if you’re overtired and bitter.
That’s not to say that you can’t be generous with your time and energy. The best leaders are. But they’re also generous to themselves. They make time to ensure that their needs are met too. So make sure you carve out a little time for yourself this weekend, and enjoy it!
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