This year has brought a whirlwind of change at a whole new magnitude. We also know it is not looking to go away just yet.
For some people, this has provided an opportunity to rethink what they are doing. What life and career they want to build. For others, this change has been forced upon them.
Whether you are facing redundancy, returning to work after a break or just not enjoying your job or career - embarking on a career change journey can be daunting.
It is easy to be torn between the ideas of ‘what we want to do’ and ‘what we should do’ and for that very reason, we stay stuck and keep exploring idea after idea. Getting no closer to making the career change we want and need.
When it comes to successfully making a career change we need to take action forward but we also need to know what is holding us back. To help you figure out what is holding you back we’ve outlined three common reasons why people stay stuck and what to do instead.
Reason 1: Thinking I don't Have the Time
Finding time can be tricky, most people are already juggling so many things, work, family and a home to look after. Therefore to find the time to sit down and figure out what you want career-wise can seem like an impossible task.
The truth is that it doesn't take a long time to relaunch your career. It only needs to take 15 minutes per day.
You can find that time before the kids wake up. Or during lunch time. Maybe swap 15 of your Netflix time to work on your career change? Do whatever you need to do to find those 15 minutes to work on this so that you can find the right career and make your dream life happen.
Think of where you'll be in a few months if you invest and carve out a little time everyday.
Reason 2: Looking for the perfect job
Finding the right career isn’t particularly hard or complicated but there are so many moving pieces and potential failure points along the way. What employment type to go for? What salary expectations do I have? Can I find a career that offers the right work-life balance? These are just some of the many questions you’ll have to answer along the way.
Most people approach their career relaunch as finding ‘the perfect job’, a job with complete flexibility, full-time pay, the right stimulation, perfect amount of travel, and so on. Trying to find this job can easily become a never-ending journey.
Instead, it’s about finding the right career, a career that will help build your best life. To do that it is important that you separate out your career requirements from the things in your career that will be ‘nice to have’.
Simply do this by writing down everything you would like for your career to bring you. When you have done that you put each item in either the ‘requirement’ column or the ‘nice to have’ column.
Lastly, remember to priortise all the items in each column that way assessing each career alternative will be a whole lot easier.
Reason 3: Believing ‘I don't have the skills or experiences I need to make a complete career change’
Making a career change can feel daunting. It's easy to think you don't have the skills or experience you need. You look at your CV and finding no experience for what you really want to be doing
The truth is you have what you need. Whether you are looking to get employed in a new industry, go for a completely different role or start your own business you have everything you need to get started. In addition to your professional skills you have a wealth of knowledge and experience that you have gained throughout your life, you only look in the right place to see it.
Look back at your professional roles, map out ALL the skills you have gained. Ask yourself what skills each role brought you that relates to your new career. After that look at your life outside your CV, what projects and roles have you taken on. What skills have you developed from these.
Take the time to do this and you will surely see that you have everything you need to pursue the right career.
A crucial part of successfully making a career change is to take action. To help you on the way we have created ‘The Career Relaunch Toolkit’ you can grab your free copy here.
Now, decide what you need to do next to make your career change happen!
We all dream of running a successful business, one that allows us the flexibility to work the hours we want from wherever we want. But before you rush out and quit your job, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons carefully and objectively.
Starting your own business is an exciting prospect, but it’s also one that’s filled with uncertainty, risk and lots of hard work. So before you take the plunge, make sure to ask yourself whether starting a business is really the right thing for you?
When starting a new business, it’s easy to underestimate the hours you’ll need to put in and the multitude of hats you’ll need to wear.
While you may be responsible for a few duties at your job, starting a business means you’re responsible for every aspect of it, which is why you’ll inevitably find yourself devoting (non-billable) time each month to business activities you never had to do as an employee. From billing and accounting, to marketing and advertising, the multitude of new roles and responsibilities can be overwhelming.
The general rule is that you need three people to run a business, and until you can afford to employ people, you need to be all three.
First, there’s ‘the entrepreneur’. This is the person with the vision; the one with the unique idea and the guts to go for it and put things into action.
Then there’s ‘the manager’. This is someone who has the capacity to see the big picture, but at the same time knows all the detail and is able to get the best out of people. This person is vital to setting up business structures and processes, ensuring that the business develops as a robust, sustainable and profitable enterprise.
Lastly, there is ‘the technician’, or the ‘doing’ person. If you’re starting a marketing agency, this is the person that delivers the work to your client. If you’re starting a bakery, the technician is the one that is happiest making the cakes.
Many people start a business as they’re passionate about one, or even two, of these roles. But make sure that you are prepared to play all three (at least to start with) if you hope to make your startup a success.
Besides time, the other major resource you’ll need to start your business is undoubtedly money. This can be hugely stressful when you have bills and mortgages to pay, so it’s important to always keep a safety net of savings in case of tough times.
Before you take the entrepreneurial leap, make sure you have a clear plan of how you’re going to fund your business and when you can expect to earn your first revenue. Keep in mind that cash flow problems are a major reason why so many startups fail and always remember that it will take time and hard work to reliably generating the money you want.
Be clear and realistic of how much time (and money) you will need to invest before you start seeing returns. And as we’re optimists by nature, it’s a good rule of thumb to always double your estimated timelines, to make sure that you have enough savings to float you through the tough times.
Now you can get started with open eyes and if you'd like a little help grab our free Start A Business Toolkit, you can get it here.
Deciding to take the plunge and change your career can be daunting.
It means moving away from what you know and have experience in, to pursue something that has no guarantees for success.
Essentially, it’s stepping out of your comfort zone, which is the only way to truly grow and develop.
To prepare yourself for this big change and to make the transition easier and more enjoyable, it’s vital that you build up your confidence.
Here’s a look at some practical ways that you can build your confidence to take on a change in your career.
People tend to put you in a box based on the experience and skills related to your recent roles.
But don’t forget about all the transferable skills you have learnt along the way that are applicable across multiple industries!
Documenting these skills is often a useful exercise, whether for yourself or to show to a potential employer.
Think about the soft skills that you use in your day-to-day activities; presentation, management, negotiation and sales skills for example can be extremely useful across various industries and jobs.
Identify All Your Strengths
Everyone has certain strengths that are unique to them.
To build your confidence it’s worth analysing what your strengths are and how these can be applied to your new career.
Think beyond hard and soft skills and focus on personality traits that set you apart in the workplace.
You can even ask your current colleagues their opinion, to give you another perspective.
Preparation and Planning
Being prepared for something is the best way to build confidence around it.
Perhaps this means coming up with a contingency plan for the worst-case scenarios, or building up savings that can serve as a safety net in the changeover period.
Instead of rushing into a new career, allow yourself the time to explore your options and learn all you can about your new industry and role.
Take a short course, talk to people who have made similar transitions, read articles and listen to podcasts.
It won’t be long before you’re confident enough to make the big leap!
One Step at a Time
Often, simply taking action, even if it’s in a small way, can help you build your confidence and keep you motivated to keep moving forward.
This doesn’t mean you should make a drastic change like quitting your job or signing up for a new degree.
But taking a small step, even if it’s simply sending an email, connecting with someone on LinkedIn or doing some research into your new career choice, can often leave you feeling more confident as you start moving and building momentum in the right direction.
Find Your Support
Changing careers can often leave you feeling quite alone, as the people around you may not understand why you want to move in a new direction.
To feel confident in your decision it’s important to find people who are supportive of you and that can help keep you motivated.
Whether this support comes in the form of an online or offline community, a mentor in your career of choice, a good friend or an encouraging family member, the main thing is that you have someone you can talk to about your journey.
If you are thinking about a career change and want to make sure you avoid the most commonly made mistakes? Then grab our free toolkit that also shares what you should do instead. You can download it here
Have a fantastic day!
Restarting your career after a career break can feel daunting in many aspects. You don't know where to start and questions like… “I haven’t been doing anything for the last [X] years, what skills can I offer?” or “Who would even consider me for an interview with this huge gap in my CV?”... might be spinning in your head.
But the truth is that you have built a wealth of knowledge and skills during your break and many employers would be lucky to have you. Unless of course you are thinking of starting your own business.
Whichever option you choose to go, here are four different ways to relaunch your career.
Go with your experience.
Perhaps the easiest and safest way to relaunch a career is to focus on what you’re
already good at and what you know best. Look at your professional experience and evaluate where your strengths lie and what skills set you apart.
Make sure you focus on the value that you’re able to offer, and the skills you have developed during your break, as this will be your competitive edge within your market. You can do this by simply asking yourself how your expertise will allow you to help people or improve their lives?
The next step is to challenge yourself to look beyond the core activities of your most recent role and see how your skills can be applied in different ways.
Is there the opportunity to use these skills to become a consultant? Or if you enjoy training people, perhaps you can focus on coaching people in your field as opposed to offering these services yourself.
Follow your passion - live your purpose.
To be truly successful in your work life, you need to be passionate about what you do. When especially if you are thinking of starting your own business.
Ask yourself, do you have a hobby or passion that could be turned into a career? If not directly, then ask yourself why that is a passion of yours.
Find the core activity and see if that could be turned into your next career. As the saying goes, if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.
Meet a need.
Another good way to re-start your career is to identify a gap in the market, and find a way to fill it. This way you’re sure to build up a strong customer base quickly, regardless if it is within a company or starting up your own.
Plus, it’s great to feel as though you are making people’s lives better with what you do.
Are there no good coffee spots on peak morning traffic routes? Is there a global trend that is yet to find its way to a company you know?
Whatever the need may be, if you’re able to offer a good solution, you’re next career is secured!
Follow your dream.
Do you daydream of a life you wish you had? Relaunching your career in line with achieving that dream and you’ll be sure to stay dedicated, as every step you take will be a step towards achieving your ultimate goal.
If you didn’t have to deal with the limitations of money, work permits or education, what would you do? If you could choose anything in the world to be remembered for, what would it be?
By connecting with this long-term vision for the future and making a solid plan for today, you’ll be able to start molding your life into exactly what you want it to be - and your career will simply be a stepping stone on the way
Are you now feeling motivated to move to the next step on your career relaunch journey? If you are grab our free toolkit to help you jump over the most common mistakes and go straight for success.
You can grab it here.
Shine on my friend.
Life will always throw us curveballs, and every day we meet all kinds of surprises and unexpected events. Most of them are minor but some of them can be big - maybe even life changing.
Even life’s smaller surprises can shake up our day and learning how to stay calm and not let the stress get the best of us can change our trajectory a great deal.
Below are 5 strategies that will help you stay calm and put your focus in the right place when the unexpected happens.
1. Remind yourself of what is most important
It easy to get frustrated or stressed when things in our life are thrown off course. By looking up and reminding ourselves of what matters most we can get a better perspective. This will allow us to calm down and stay connected to our purpose.
In addition, we’ll be able to access better thinking and find a way forward - instead of getting stuck in frustration where we rarely will find our best solutions.
When the unexpected happens it is always good to reset. Accept that whatever the plan was - it is no longer. Don’t try to adjust it and think you can now get things done in half the time, instead - do a complete reset and start afresh.
3. Make a new plan
Before you make your new plan make sure you are clear on what is your one most important thing. When you have clarity on what this is, focus on making a plan where you get this one thing done! After that, you can look at what else needs to happen and give that the attention it deserves, no more no less.
Do remember to prioritise what is important - the urgent and unimportant stuff should stay where it belongs - further down on your to-do list.
4. Let go of your standards
Unexpected situations call for flexibility and creative solutions, with focus here on solutions. If you have something important that needs to get done and there is no one to look after your children - it is okay to use the tv as a babysitter.
Another example is multitasking - something I normally encourage people to avoid as best they can - but when life goes off the ordinary we may need to let go our standards and simply do what we can. If that means you need to clear emails while the kids have their dinner, so be it.
Your values or years of good parenting will not unravel just because you let go a bit. Instead, it’ll take heaps off your stress barometer och you can regain some sense of control.
If you like some help identifying your standards and strategies to figure out to ease some of them grab our free worksheet here.
5. Stay calm
When the unexpected happens we’re often left feeling angry, frustrated, disheartened or maybe anxious. The underlying feeling here is often stress or feeling out of control.
The deeper we go into this state the less we can access the thinking part of our brain and hence we’ll be less able to come up with the best solution.
Therefore being able to stay calm in this moment is essential.
This does not have to be that difficult, as with most things all it takes is a bit of practice. There are three things you need to do.
Firstly, generate awareness of how you typically react. Look back to a situation when something unexpected happened and take note of what happened, did you freeze? Go into overdrive? Felt angry or something else? Getting an understanding of how you react means you can make a plan to do things differently next time.
Secondly, write down how you would like to react. As basic as it sounds this is a key step where you help your brain to see ‘what can be’. When you are clear on how you would like to react you can then figure out what to do to get there.
Thirdly, identify a technique that will help you in the moment - and start practicing now. Don’t wait for the unexpected to happen, choose a strategy or technique that will help you stay calm and start doing it a few times a day. That means when the unexpected actually happens your brain already knows what to do and you can stay calm and focus on finding the right solution
Just to give you some ideas on techniques that can help you not get tangled up in stress...
There we go, five strategies to help you deal with the unexpected. Now in comments below, let us know which one you will try first.
Setting realistic expectations can be a great way to motivate yourself and give your
life direction. But when your expectations start holding you up to unreachable
standards (whether these are your own or somebody else’s) it can have a terrible
effect on your mind-set and wellbeing.
This is why it’s essential to learn how to manage your expectation, instead of allowing them to manage you.
Managing expectations of yourself.
Ambition is a great motivator, but it’s always important to take time to reflect on the expectations you set for yourself to consider whether they are in fact realistic.
All too often we put unrealistic timelines on our achievements, and when we don’t find success straight away, we’re left with self-criticism and disappointment.
Be mindful of developing a clear timeline for achieving your goals, as well as a realistic plan of action to reach them.
Avoid false expectations
It’s important to consider who has shaped the expectations you have for yourself.
Are these expectations your own, or are they based on what others expect of you, or
at least what you think others expect of you?
All too often we compare ourselves to others and then feel disheartened when we fall short in one way or another.
Make sure you’re living your life according to your own set of rules and you will have a far easier time living up to your expectations.
Adapt to changing circumstances
Life can be unpredictable with situations changing quickly and without warning. Thiscan often trip us up on our race to achieve our goals.
When this happens, it’s important to try your best not to react emotionally and instead take the time to consider your options and adjust your expectations to suit the new situation you find yourself in.
This will help you avoid feelings of failure and despair, so that you’re able to continue along your new path to success.
Dealing with your expectations of others
In life, it’s easy to put high, unspoken expectations onto others. Whether in your
personal or work relationships, this can often lead to disappointments on your side
and uncomfortable feelings on their side of not living up to your standards.
Rather than leaving it unspoken, try to be clear and realistic about your expectations of others, as well as your own goals and plans. That way you can help others manage their expectation of you while developing a clear understanding of how you expect to be treated.
Remember that people can’t read your mind, so you need to tell them what makes you happy so they can adjust their behaviours accordingly.
How are you managing your expectations, come over to the Sisterhood and let us know.
Flu season comes in all-caps for most parents. Every day dreading that call from school or daycare asking you to come and pick up your child.
When it happens your life easily turns into chaos and all you can think of are all the things that now won’t get done.
If this is you, you are not alone! Here are 6 tips to better manage during flu season. Tips that will help you stay sane, get done what’s really important and of course, care for your sick child.
Let's get to it!
1. Worry gets you nowhere
Are you a worrier? I’m not a natural worrier, which means before having kids I don’t think I ever worried about anything. Becoming a parent turned this on it’s head though and it was all a bit of a shock.
All of a sudden there was little person to worry about... a fever what does it mean?? He’s coughing - could it be pneumonia?? And so my thoughts went on.
A mom’s worry can range of course, everything from a mild twinge of concern to heart-thudding panic. Now with three kids I eased a bit but I’m still probably somewhere in the middle.
Then with the likes of Google and social media, that little spark of worry can easily turn into full-blown anxiety inferno. The truth is, doing research online makes us feel like we’re doing something productive - like we’re problem solving - when in fact we’re just fretting.
My conclusion is, worrying does nothing but taking your time and energy away from better things, like making a plan...
2. Planning makes perfect - or near enough, anyway.
Be prepared. You want to make sure that before you get that call, you take some time to figure this out.
What will be your plan of action? Can you take time off work? Sometimes? All the time? If not who can help, your partner, a family member or a friend? Is there a service you can use?
Make a plan now and you can prepare the people involved, talk to your child explain what will happen, brief the person that will be in charge.
Do it early and you can remove heaps of unnecessary stress from your life.
3. Sleep when you can.
As a mom, you know all about disrupted nights. During flu season the sleeplessness can quickly go into overdrive and if we’re not careful we can run ourselves deep into the ground.
The trick here is to acknowledge the facts. It’s flu season, there are going to be disrupted nights!
The sooner you acknowledge this the better, and you can start to get some sleep when you can. Try to go to bed 15 min earlier. Skip that extra episode of your favourite show. Do what it takes to get some extra sleep!
I know it’s not fun, the little downtime you have you now need to swap for sleep - but trust me it can make the difference between complete exhaustion and manage quite well.
You’ll be more well-rested, which not only means that you are less likely to get sick yourself but you will also be less stressed and therefore more able to actually see the enjoyment in life.
These are strategies to think of before that dreaded call, next I share a few tips on what to do when your kid does get sick.
The first thing to do when you learn that your child is sick and needs caring for is to reset. Instead of rushing to fetch your child, quite likely in a state of panic thinking of all the things you have on that day, take 5 minutes to stop and reset your day. Look at what you have on and decide what is most important.
Don’t try to do them all in miracle time, instead decide what is most important and then delete, delegate or move the other things to later.
Remember here to focus on what is most important - leave the urgent but unimportant things for someone else to sort.
Do this and you will be able to get the most out of the day instead of feeling that you are constantly running behind.
5. Let go of your standards.
Okay, we’re in flu season, time to let go of your ideal image of parenting and do what works.
If your child likes tv, let them watch it - all day if it helps. Having pizza for dinner three days on the trot - that’s okay too. Ease into whatever works.
Your years of good parenting will not unravel just because you let go a bit. Instead, it’ll take heaps off your stress barometer och you can regain some sense of control.
6. Look on the bright side.
Yep, here we go. I am going to ask you to look on the bright side. Trust me, there are upsides with this. You only need to look beyond the stress and anxiety to see what it is.
Is it that you get a bit of extra special time with your child? Maybe this is an opportunity to clear that kitchen cupboard once and for all? Or simply you might feel grateful that it’s not worse than the flu. Whatever light there is look for it and enjoy it.
So those were my top tips for staying sane through the flu season, which one will you try. Share in the comments below.
In today’s consumerist world, it’s easy to accumulate unnecessary clutter in your home that leaves you feeling distracted, stressed out and even anxious. If this sounds like you, perhaps it’s time to reorganise and get rid of all that extra stuff.
Decluttering can feel time-consuming and exhausting but it’s well worth it! To prove our point, we’ve put together a list of our top five reasons why you should tidy and declutter your home and life.
1. Mess causes stress.
Studies have shown that the more stuff you have, the more stress you experience. This is particularly true for women who are more prone to high cortisol (stress hormone) as a response to excess clutter.
Perhaps this is because, as women, we tend to associate an untidy home with personal failure, inevitably drumming up feelings of guilt and anxiety.
On top of this, messy environments signal to your brain that your work is never done, opening you up to feelings of anxiety and helplessness. Although the thought of decluttering your space can seem daunting, research shows that the less time spent dealing with your belongings, the more relaxed you will be.
So, putting in the effort today can help you become more happy, calm and relaxed in the future.
2. Clutter in the home is clutter in the mind.
Have you ever found that having a messy desk makes it harder to get stuff done? This is because your brain has a hard time differentiating between what is clutter and what is actually important.
We don’t know where to start so we end up doing nothing at all.
These feelings of being overwhelmed not only make you less capable of effectively processing information, but also make you more prone to frustration.
Research shows that decluttering your work and living spaces makes it easier for your brain to focus as you no longer have clutter competing for your attention. By surrounding yourself with order and tidiness, you’re more likely to have a productive and focused mind.
3. It wastes your time.
This one is simple; the less clutter you have lying around, the less time you’ll spend cleaning. In fact, studies show that getting rid of clutter reduces household cleaning by a whopping 40%.
Plus, when every item has a purpose and a place in your home, you’ll be able to avoid countless time-wasting tasks such as searching for your keys, or sifting through an endless wardrobe of clothes you no longer wear.
Reduce your possessions and you’ll quickly notice how much more efficient and manageable your daily routine becomes, without the usual snags that trip you up along the way.
4. Flex your decision-making muscles.
In decluttering your space, try to be as selective as possible, choosing wisely to keep only the most important and necessary items.
Deciding which things to keep and which things to get rid of is a great opportunity to practise your decision-making skills. A skill that will serve you well in all aspects of your life.
5. Clutter is unhealthy.
Do you have old clothes hanging in the back of the closet, or discarded toys in the corner of the garage?
Items you no longer use are quite literally collecting dust and making your space unhealthier. Junk items make it more difficult to clean, inevitably leading to a build-up of dirt and dust that directly affects air quality in your home.
A thorough spring clean (regardless of the time of year) will purify the air you breathe, impacting your physical and mental wellbeing.
Now you know why it is important, it's time to take action. Would you like me to tell you about the easy way to start decluttering your life and surroundings, then grab our free Declutter Challenge and start today. It only takes 10min a day.
Imagine your life away from stresses and frustration to happy and in control. Download your declutter worksheet here.
Although we can all agree that we have a limited amount of physical energy to use a day, we often neglect the fact that we have a limited amount of mental energy too.
Our brains are incredibly complex and constantly working, and every time we exercise our mind, we’re consuming some of that mental energy.
That’s why it’s important to pay attention to how you’re using this extremely valuable (and limited) resource to ensure that you’re being the most efficient and productive you can be. Here are a few ways to help you conserve your energy for the things that are most important.
1. Mono-task, don’t multi-task.
The ability to multi-task has been applauded by society as a sign of efficiency. But switching between jobs actually leads to mental exhaustion more quickly than focusing on one task at a time.
Don’t fall into the trap of mistaking activity for achievement.
By focusing on one task at a time, you’ll be able to save the amount of energy consumed when refocusing, leading you to become more productive and efficient.
Would you like to start doing this now? Download our free worksheet to help you get started straight away. You can get it here.
2. Practice the 80/20 rule.
Somewhere along the line you’re likely to have heard of the 80/20 rule; a simple principle that states that 20% of your tasks contribute to 80% of your success.
Applying this rule to your consumption of mental energy is a great way to prioritise your mental output. Simply start by identifying the tasks that are most crucial to your success, and refocus your mental strength to tackle those first.
You can then work your way down to implement the other 80% of work that is still important, but won’t have as big an impact on your overall results.
3. Focus on the big things first.
When it comes to putting your mental energy to good use, make sure you tackle your biggest, most important tasks first thing in the morning with a clear and energised brain.
To help you figure out what the most important task is, ask yourself which tasks you are likely to procrastinate on if you don’t tackle them right away.
This is a good indication that these are the jobs that you should be focusing on first thing in the morning.
4. Automate the simple stuff.
Decision-making is a huge drain on mental energy. That’s why habits and routines are a great way to conserve your energy and be more productive.
Find a system that works best for you and then repeat it every day. This way it will become an engrained and intuitive task that doesn’t require thought or decision-making, freeing up mental capacity for more important work.
This will also mean that you no longer need to rely on willpower to make good decisions, such as exercising daily or choosing healthy groceries, these decisions will happen automatically without taking up unnecessary space in your mind.
5. Monitor your internal dialogue.
All too often we waste time and energy worrying about things that never materialise. That’s why it’s vital to build a keen awareness around your own thoughts so that you can start filtering out the negative patterns that are keeping you from realising your full potential.
As soon as negative thoughts start creeping in, take a moment to observe your thinking and then make a conscious decision to refocus on something more positive.
Not only will this have an impact on your general outlook, but by letting go of the things that don’t really matter you’ll have more energy to focus on the things that really do.
6. Avoid unrealistic expectations.
Another common energy drain is brought about by unrealistic expectations. Constantly striving for perfection in every aspect of life can be mentally taxing and extremely time consuming.
Rather select the most important tasks to your overall growth and well-being, and focus all your energy into striving for perfection in these specific areas. Be realistic about what you’re able to achieve in one day, instead of spreading yourself too thin in all directions.
This helps you prioritise and know when to put in energy and when to refocus it elsewhere.
Would you like some help to do this? Download our free worksheet to help you get started now! You can grab it here.
In our increasingly noisy world of social media and multitasking, days roll into weeks in the blink of an eye. If you don’t pause to take stock you can quickly find yourself feeling drained and dissatisfied with the routine of daily life, and unable to remember why you’re doing any of it in the first place. That’s why it has become more important than ever to find ways to connect to the deeper meaning in everyday tasks. Don’t know how to start? Here are six tips for finding meaning in your life.
1. Reconnect with your big picture.
When your days are made up of back and forth emails, annoying errands and navigating social politics, it can be easy to forget why you’re doing these things in the first place.
That’s why it’s always important to keep your bigger picture in mind, reminding yourself that these small tasks will eventually take you to the destination you want. Take the time to reflect on your daily routines and think about the kind of life they’re building. This will allow you the space to prioritise what is important and what is not.
2. Explore your passions.
Do you love to paint, hike, or travel? Whatever your passion, it’s important to carve out time in your life for the things you want to do, not only the things you have to do.
This isn’t to say that you should make your passion into your business, but by reconnecting and making time for the things that you love doing, you’ll bring renewed energy and passion into your life.
3. Help others to help yourself.
People who help others tend to experience a deeper level of fulfilment in their own lives. That’s why volunteering in your community is not only a great way to connect with others but also to find deeper meaning in the everyday.
Make sure you spend time finding a cause that resonates with you, as you’ll be far more likely to put effort into something you truly care about. If charity work simply isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to insert a little meaning through kindness. Remember that it’s the small things that have the biggest impact. Buy your colleague a coffee, help someone with their groceries or simply lend an ear to a friend who seems down.
When you start looking for ways to improve other people’s lives, you’ll soon find yourself less focused on your own problems.
4. Practise self-love.
In our chaotic lives, it can sometimes feel like every hour is planned and dedicated to a specific task. Unless you take time out to take care of yourself, this busy lifestyle can quickly start taking a toll on your body and mind. It’s vital that you find ways to relax and unwind and then prioritise these every day.
Whether it’s a quick mediation and stretch in the morning or walking the dog at sunset, make sure to schedule in your downtime with the same rigour you would your other tasks.
So, now you have a few ways to start finding meaning in your everyday tasks, but maybe you're feeling it's difficult to find the time. If that's you and you'd like some practical tips on where to find the time grab our free worksheet 'How To Find Time For You' click here to download it now.
HANNA GIRLING, wife, mother, business owner, mindset coach, sport enthusiast and forever an optimist.