Being a manager can be physically, mentally, and sometimes emotionally draining. Personally, I have been feeling that way for the past few weeks. Don't get me wrong though - I love my job and working with my people. It's just been busy and frankly I am tired. With nonstop meetings, one-on-one's, "quick chats", and all the other random things that pop up in a manager's day, it's really easy to forget the importance of taking a little time away to recollect yourself. Personally, I try to block my calendar for one hour each day to get out of my office and get shit done. Easier said than done, right?
Sometimes I spend the hour crushing through my to do list or shooting off all the emails I've been meaning to reply to. Other times I might spend that time browsing interesting articles on Harvard Business Review. No matter what I do during that valuable time to myself, it's just nice to be in my own thoughts - no distractions. I always feel refreshed walking back into the chaos and it's relieving to know some of the tasks weighing down my brain space are taken care of. I am more able to focus on my team during their one-on-one meetings or the not-so-quick questions that come up sporadically.
Where do I go when I step away from my office you might ask? The super-hipster tech company I work for has these badass treadmill desks that I love to spend my time on. Working while also getting in a little extra exercise? Don't mind if I do. If I'm not on the treadmill desk, I can be found in one of our many lounge rooms with my feet up on the coffee table just like mom told me not to do.
I'm an adult. I can do whatever I want.