1. Balance is Your Responsibility – “It is totally possible to have a balance and in fact it’s essential…It’s totally easy to become stale when you don’t have time to sit with family and friends. Treadmills do not make for good leaders and managers; stressed people do not get the best results…” – Sir John Parker, Chairman Anglo American PLC

2. Protect Your Time – “Twenty years ago, I set two very simple rules for myself: I do not take or make calls in the evening and I take my vacation. These rules clear time to think and be with my family, and they are all I need. I advise everyone to come up with rules that work for them and apply them carefully.” – Cris Conde, former CEO Sungard Computer Services

3. Take Your Leave – “The most important thing is my family and friends: I take every holiday I’m entitled to.” – Richard Baker, former CEO Boots

4. Really Disconnect
– “I don’t lie in bed worrying about what’s going to happen tomorrow. My business is on my mind all day, but the next business day does not arrive until 5am, the next day.” – Terry Duddy, former CEO Home Retail Group