What are your rules as a leader?

We can all think of rules that we have in our lives that tell us what we can and can’t do, but have you ever taken the time to think about the rules you need for yourself?


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Yes, we all have personal rules.The things that we will or won’t do and the invisible lines that we know we won’t ever cross as that would be betraying our personal values.

But, what about the rules we need to put in place to ensure we don’t completely lose control of our working day, and that we get the most out of time? The rules we need for ourselves so that we’re making good progress and that we don’t get stressed and burnt out?

Making rules for yourself is a great idea. It means that you’re taking the time to really think about the things that are most important to you and what matters most. It means that you’ve taken a sense check of how you work best, and how to avoid feeling stressed, and completely out of control.

These rules could be anything, and will be very different from person to person. For some it might mean, always leaving work at 5pm, never taking work home, and turning your phone off in the evenings. For others it might mean never booking meetings back to back; always taking time out for lunch; booking in an hour every morning to focus on important project work; or having 30 minutes each Friday to reflect and plan.

So – your action for this week is to have a think about how you work best, and what that looks like for you, and create a rule around it that it that you commit to sticking to from now on.

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