This week I’m back on the Scottish island of Iona. I came here last year for a retreat feeling very burnt out like many others. It restored my soul and a sense of perspective.
When I look back over the last year, I’m aware that we now have an even greater focus on wellbeing together with our partners Cesar Gamio and George Anderson. I’ve written a White Paper on the wellbeing needs of senior executives and we’ve designed some programmes for them which involve both retreats and coaching.
I’m a great believer in eating my own dog food and having my own retreat is so important to be able to do what we do. It is a privilege and an honour to work with people so dedicated to their personal growth and to see the transformation in them and their lives. The changes seem to encompass so many areas:
- Family – rebuilding and investing in relationships with partners and children
- Business – building self-belief, valuing himself and his contribution so that he can ask for the fees he deserves
- Discovering new abilities – who knew she had artistic talents?
- Finding a network of people that have your back and will encourage you to keep growing.
It’s made me think about how I’ve invested in my own wellbeing this year and what has made a difference as I’m not going to Iona burnt out. A bit tired but not burnt out.
- Setting aside time for a weekly meditation
- Putting routines in place, having set times for writing and generating content
- Keeping my mornings, when I have most energy, for important things and work which requires greater concentration. I keep afternoons for calls and meetings when I need the interaction with others to reenergise me
- Planning my week every Friday so that I hit the ground running on Monday, not faffing around trying to work out what I’m meant to be doing
- And finally, not a difficult one for me, exercise – cycling, swimming, walking and Pilates.
Iona is a very spiritual place which is one of the things I love about it. Spirituality matters to me as it does to a lot of us, but we don’t seem to feel comfortable talking about it, perhaps because of the fear that it will spill over into religion which can be so contentious. For me, it’s about the connection with something much bigger than myself, as well as what makes my life meaningful and significant.
What works for you in managing your time, energy and contribution?