As CEO, your top priority is likely the health and well-being of your company, as opposed to your own. It is hard to imagine someone faulting you for your dedication; after all, you are working for the benefit of both employees and clients alike.
However, many CEOs often forget that their personal health is a major contributor to their company’s overall efficiency. Corporations rarely thrive beneath a CEO who is exhausted, stressed out, or even skipping meals, for these terrible habits are linked to a negative mood, poor judgment, reduced mental clarity, and obesity.
Seeing as you set the precedent for your employees, it is possible for your habits to become their habits — which could lead to detrimental results if you are not taking proper care of yourself. A recent study concluded that obese workers, or those suffering from chronic disorders like heart disease, collectively miss 450 million more days of work than their healthy counterparts.
In order to prevent yourself and your subordinates from falling victim to such a counterproductive and unhealthy lifestyle, try incorporating these habits into your daily routine:
Effort to Eat Healthier
It is time to put an end to “eating on the fly” and missing entire meals for productivity’s sake. It is no secret that healthy food provides our bodies with the physical and mental energy they require to conquer the day, so it is imperative to take your diet seriously — in spite of how restrictive your schedule is. This is where preparing your meals ahead of time may work to your advantage.
Whether you cook one large meal at the beginning of the week and divvy it up accordingly, or take the time each night to pack your meal for the next day, meal prepping is a popular method of saving time without abandoning your health goals.
Don’t Sacrifice Sleep
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults below the age of 65 need 7-9 hours of sleep in order to avoid increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, and diabetes. Furthermore, getting consistent amounts of sleep will improve daytime performance, leaving you feeling more alert, productive and creative than you ever did after a late night at the office.
Commit to a Fitness Regimen
While it may feel impossible to squeeze the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity into your schedule, it is absolutely doable — even if it means you have to treat this time like an appointment and write it into your schedule. Additionally, those 30 minutes spent exercising will grant you the opportunity to step back from your work-related obstacles and approach them with a fresher perspective.
Work on Your Work-Life Balance
Although there is nothing wrong with pulling the occasional all-nighter, consistently staying late at the office or answering work emails at home can easily cause you to burn out. Break these patterns by prioritizing your work by deadline and importance, as well as taking short breaks between projects, to ensure you do not feel overwhelmed or inclined to remain at work to check every item off of your to-do list.