14 Things Every Leader Can Do To Foster A Culture of Rest

Whether you’re a executive, manager, team lead, parent, or any other kind of a leader, you need to learn how to cultivate rest. And, if you’re a leader, fostering a culture of rest is essential.

As a starter, here’s 14 things you can do:

  1. No emails on Sunday
  2. Take a Sabbath — it’s a biblical principle, rest one day a week
  3. Learn to say no — practice it.
  4. Leave work at reasonable time — consistently.
  5. Develop a personal mission statement — help you say no to opportunities that do not fall into your core priorities.
  6. Inject times of reflection and meditation into your daily ritual — schedule it into your calendar.
  7. Schedule rest time in your calendar
  8. Cultivate and develop hobbies that helps your mind “change the channel”
  9. Practice journaling
  10. Take naps — even if it’s just 20 minutes to close your eyes and be still.
  11. Go for a silent retreat
  12. Reduce the amount of decisions you make per day — Begin by simplifying your wardrobe and meals.
  13. If you’re a manager, talk to people you manage about their work/life balance
  14. Read one of these three books: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, and Essentialism by Greg McKeown