As CEOs, we have many demands – personal and professional – on our time, attention, and energy, and we struggle
with achieving optimal work-life balance. After coaching dozens of CEOs across Africa, I have come to realize that tired CEOs make poor decisions and the most effective CEOs are the ones who are intentional about planning their weekly calendars. In her book on ‘Top Five Regrets of the Dying ‘, Bronnie Ware who interviewed hundreds of patients in dying wards, recorded these top 5 regrets common to many leaders:
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
I am a former workaholic who, after making regrettable decisions while exhausted, adopted a new strategy of being intentional about my daily and weekly schedule and incorporating all areas of my life into my schedule as I plan for the week. I have experienced positive change in my relationships and behaviors towards my staff, family, and friends.
What can you do differently to improve your work-life balance?
by Mireille Ineza Karera