Being tethered to technology and always ‘on’ can contribute to burnout, overwork, and stress. What if tech could help us unplug and recharge?
- May 09, 2019
As a leader of the company, it’s important for me to be positive and resilient.
NOON Time for a quick break for lunch. There’s a food truck right around the corner from the office that sells delicious açai bowls. I respond to emails while I’m waiting in line.
1 PM The entire San Francisco office gathers for Thrivey Thursday. We participate in a group activity that embodies our culture. It’s so valuable to spend time together that’s not focused on work. It helps the team bond and build trust. Today, I lead a session on gratitude.
1:30 PM The executive team meets to discuss a jam-packed agenda. We align on company strategy and cover a lot of ground.
2:45 PM I take my next meeting outside—while walking. This is one of the Thrive Microsteps, which are small, actionable steps you can take to improve your well-being. An afternoon walk really does energize me. This weekly meeting is a one-on-one with one of my direct reports. It’s crucial that I support my employees and their professional development. With transparent and regular communication, nothing should be a surprise come annual review time.
3:30 PM Next is a video conference to demo our product with a potential customer. I enjoy these customer-facing meetings because I can get succinct, concrete feedback based on their own company culture and focused on their employee well-being.
4:30 PM I close out the day catching up on emails. Because I don’t have email notifications on my phone, I’ve hardly looked at my inbox all day. This allows me to have deeper, more focused conversations with people.
5:15 PM I leave to pick up my kids and meet Jason at school, and we commute home as a family. Work-life integration is a core part of Thrive’s culture. Everyone respects that I leave at this time to spend quality time with my family.
6:30 PM Dinner is already on the table when we get home. My mom lives with us part time, and she’s prepared shrimp stir-fry with a healthy serving of veggies.
8:30 PM After putting the boys to bed, I hop back online to tend to anything lingering. I “timebox” this to 30 minutes. Otherwise, I’d be behind the computer all night. At Thrive, we encourage people to set an end to their work day!
9 PM Jason and I watch something funny on Netflix and just relax. After running around all day, I cherish this downtime. Recharging and unwinding will help me stay on my game tomorrow.
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