If you’re a business owner, you’re probably used to wearing multiple hats throughout the day. If you’re an SMB, even more so.

And when you have several people relying on your leadership, knowledge and support on a daily basis, working on overdrive quickly becomes the sacrifice you think you need to make. 

But over-exhaustion isn’t a noble feat, and you certainly don’t need it to be an effective leader. 

Now more than ever, leaders are faced with a growing back of difficult decisions around their team and business. The working reality has shifted for many of us and people are looking toward their managers and leaders for guidance and clarity.

Leading with fatigue is bound to cause issues in all areas of your business, and leaders need to step away from work regularly if they want to gain the clarity and perspective necessary to do their job (and do it well).

One of the EOS® tools we use with clients (and perhaps the most overlooked) is the Clarity Break™. Leaders tend to skirt past this stage in the process for one simple reason. 

As a business owner, you’re expecting to achieve outstanding things on a regular basis. The pressure is constantly high, and even small mistakes can have costly consequences. 

Taking a break for peace of mind doesn’t always make its way to the top of the priority list. 

But it should.

The Clarity Break™ Explained

You wouldn’t try to hack down a tree with a blunt saw, so there’s no reason you should be too busy to work on what really matters. You need time to pause, sharpen your saw, and keep on hacking.

In the business world, so many leaders fail to take a step back to regroup, and it shows. It’s one of the main reason clients turn to EOS®—they feel like their business is running them, rather than the other way around.

And even though there are tons of time management tools to help leaders focus and prioritise, it often leads to piling tasks on and eventually, burnout.

The best thing you can do to get on top of things?

Stop working.

Just for one hour, once a week, take a complete pause.

No phones. No emails. No notifications or devices. Just you, a notepad and pen.

During your hour, you should be in an undisturbed place. That means away from the office completely—the local park or coffee shop are great places to sit down and gather your thoughts. 

It’s also important to remember that this hour is not time to catch up on lingering tasks.

It’s time to review, reflect and think strategically about the future of your business. It’s an hour for you to work on your business rather than in it.

Jot down any current challenges you’re facing, any ideas you’ve had bubbling in the background but haven’t had the time to give real thought to. Note down what you love about your business, and what’s making you uncomfortable. 

How Clarity Break™ can build self-honesty

Taking an hour each week to be alone with your uninterrupted thoughts sounds simple enough, right? 

Even still, it’s the most overlooked tool in the EOS® toolbox and most business leaders feel sceptical about pulling themselves away from an hour every day or week (at least at the start). 

But no matter what your role is in a business, whether you’re CEO or an assistant, taking time to reflect on your role and come up with ways to do you job better, is a powerful action. As a leader, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the daily bustle of running a business, and it often means losing sight of ways to improve and do your job even better.

During this uninterrupted hour, use the opportunity to give in to any gut feelings that have been sitting in the back of your mind. When you’re running a business, hard numbers and data can easily wipe out that voice that tells you something feels wrong, or needs work. 

Your Clarity Break™ is the moment to listen to that gut feeling. Where there are no numbers or metrics to shape your decisions, ask yourself honestly what it is that feels wrong about that particular thing.

By carving out time each week (some leaders do this every day), you’re sharpening your ability to get real with yourself.   

Taking action: Set aside time for your Clarity Break™

Choose an hour block for this week. Put it in your calendar as Clarity Break™ and add a location. Remember, you don’t need to go anywhere fancy for this, a park bench or a quiet corner in a coffee shop will do just fine. 

Add a reminder 30 minutes before the hour starts and go and take a pause.

Whatever you jot down on your notepad doesn’t necessarily have to be business-related. Suddenly remember you need to take your pets to the vet or check out a new book you’ve been wanting to read? Write it down! 

These small insights during your Clarity Break™ might bring to the surfaces all kinds of things, from your business to your personal and home life, and that’s completely fine. The key is just to get down any half-formed thoughts that your busy schedule has pushed to the side so you can go back to work with more clarity and a clearer perspective to lead better.

Are you ready to take the next step in your success? Schedule a free consultation call with me to learn more about the simple and proven EOS® tools you can use to lead better and run a more successful business.

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