Michael Hyatt is no stranger to hard work. As a New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, former chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing and father of five, the leadership guru has learned the hard way how to manage his time while nourishing his soul.
After spending years working harder, not smarter, Hyatt suffered a series of debilitating panic attacks. The scares led him to discover how critical self-care is to both home and professional life. He defines self-care as “the activities that make for a meaningful life outside of work while contributing to greater performance at work.”
Hyatt, who recently spoke at Leadercast, says he was among the many leaders who believed more work equaled more gain, an idea he coined the “hustle fallacy.” However, after encountering his own health crises, he stumbled upon research that proved the opposite. Too many hours at the office lead to pain—physically and relationally—and self-neglect. Productivity, he has found, is less about managing time and more about managing energy.
He has now written an e-book and produced several tools for those who want to adopt the “double-win truth,” a concept he says changed his own life. The double-win truth is the idea that work and self-care are symbiotic. Work gives confidence, joy and financial provision, while self-care gives you a clear mind, creativity and a well-rested body to work. Prioritizing self-care can be a double win that will help you reach new heights professionally and in your personal life.
Practicing good self-care by sleeping enough, eating well, engaging in meaningful hobbies and connecting with people he loves paid dividends for Hyatt at work. He says that caring for ourselves—resting our minds and bodies well and fueling them with nutrition—gives us more energy to perform well, and edge to be creative and endurance for sustainable health and success.
Hyatt says the first step to tapping into these benefits is making a commitment to take good care of yourself. You can define what the specifics and how that looks in your own life, but he strongly recommends setting hard boundaries around your workday and weekends to protect your margin. Also, Hyatt recommends setting a goal of sleeping eight hours every night.
Maybe the elusive work-home life balance can be less perplexing for event professionals, who tend to sprint at a marathon pace during event seasons—or some year-round. The key, according to Hyatt, is the double-win truth.