As a coach to high-performing executives and leaders, I’ve learned they’re eager to master two of their most most valuable assets: time and personal energy.
Being intentional about both serves as a foundation from which they can step (or leap) into their full potential and support others to do the same. They make exceptional mentors and coaches to their teams, primarily because they’re intentional about their own time and energy management.
A mindful bookending practice helps leaders navigate important transitions during the work day. This practice begins first in the morning to step into a day of productivity, clarity and focus and the then again in the evening, to step away from work and into a time of connection and relaxation at home with loved ones.
Let’s talking about mornings. According to Ayurveda, mornings represent the spring season of the day, a time when everything comes alive with new, vital, fresh energy. Mindful leaders leverage the energy of the morning to prepare themselves for a day of productivity and creation. For a more detailed morning routine, check out this article.
The reason end-of-day bookending is so important for purpose-driven leaders is that they have deep sense of ownership with their work. This can create an always-on attitude , making it challenging to disconnect and switch off from work at the end of the day. This in turn can trickle into our time outside of work: not being fully present with our loved ones or feeling drained and exhausted because our mental activity and chatter doesn’t ease.
This is a four-step process. At the end of your workday:
A few things happen when we begin bookending this way. First we’re able to complete our work day and switch off mental and emotionally from work-related responsibilities. Second, we now have crystal clarity about what needs to get done the next day. This is powerful because believe it or not, our unconscious mind, loves to conspire with our conscious mind to come up with fun and easy ways to solve problems and get things done. By listing your priorities for the next day, you’re allowing your unconscious mind to work on this as you sleep. And finally because you’ve already prepared your desk for the next day, you can hit the road running when you get to work in the morning.
Do you have a bookending ritual? How does it energize and support you?