For many school administrators, the school year has just ended, or, the end of another school year is just a couple of weeks away. For Diocesan administrators, though, the summer is one of the busiest times of year – hiring new principals, allocating financial aid, and reconfiguring school alignments, etc.
Whether you’re starting to wind down, or your workload is ramping up, be sure to do two things:
- Take some time for yourself this summer. The latest brain research says that rest important every night so that the body can recharge. It’s during sleep that the body heals. Rest is also important from work. Being “on” all the time leads to burnout. For Advancement/Development directors, vacation is truly important. It’s expected that those involved in fostering relationships will be available all the time. Unfortunately, it’s also why the average “life expectancy” of an Advancement/Development director is about 18 MONTHS! You need to take time for yourself to rest and recharge if you want to increase that timespan.
- Speaking of being “on” all the time, there are some employers that believe employees need to be accessible “all the time.” That’s mindset needs to change if employers care about their employee’s well-being. Check out this great article from Evan Roth on the importance of turning off your “mental” apps. Evan mentions 5 ways to shut off these apps so that, just like your mobile device, your energy isn’t drained.
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