In my zeal and passion as a school administrator, I always thought I could save the world by saving my organisations I worked for. I remember working for two years at a stretch without any break or holiday to be sure everything was fine, and targets were met in one of the schools where I served as the administrator.
But you know what? The problems never ended. There were more and more issues that needed attention, and at the end of these I ended up looking like Grandma Polimpo. Plus my health paid for it and I broke down. At this point, I didn’t need a soothsayer to tell me that I needed a break. So, I booked the next trip out of the country and rested for two full weeks without interruption from school and office work; and this really helped to get me somewhat refreshed until I was back to face work again.
What am I trying to tell you?
My advice to you, dear administrator. Know when you need a break and do not in any way pretend about it or feel guilty about taking a much-deserved rest. And apart from resting, learn to include a leisure activity into your schedule. Detach whenever you can no matter how hard this might be for you.
The fact is, no matter how passionate you are about educating children and performing your managerial duties, you need time off, my dear! Include reading a romance novel, a comic or watching movies into your plans. On my last job, I recall a few times when I checked out of the house into a hotel for weekends, with my favourite novel or motivational book. I’d go to church from there and go back feeling refreshed and ready to work with gusto again.