Making Time for You

Making Time for You

Last week we talked about setting priorities at work but what about your personal priorities?

The busyness of life has a way of creeping in – it’s not just that there’s so much to do at work, but there’s just so much to do in GENERAL!

Just like taking the time to set priorities at work is hugely important to your job, setting priorities for you, personally, is hugely important to the quality of life that you experience.

We all have “that thing” that we would “love to change” if we could.

Here are a couple starters we’d love to:

  • Eat healthier
  • Read a new book or two
  • Work out more often
  • Be less stressed out
  • Travel to Europe
  • Become more meditative

It is great to have that “thing” you’d love to do!

So, now what? Just like we had some tips for setting priorities for your work, we’ve got some for your personal priorities as well!

Tip 1: Start small

It is so great that you want to work out more but don’t feel like you’ve got to run your first 10k in 6 weeks!

Take it slow. Set a realistic goal. Maybe you can commit to finding a 5-minute workout routine on Pinterest to do twice a week.

Set your goal to be something you know you can do so that you feel empowered to keep going and not discouraged!

 Tip 2: Find a friend!

I know, this title is slightly reminiscent to the “Who Wants to be a Millionaire’s” phone a friend, but in all seriousness, find someone who you can do this with!

Maybe it is someone who has wanted to read more and you can read the same book together or someone who you share meals with often and you both can go on a healthier- kick!

Just don’t go at this change alone!

Tip 3: Create a reward for yourself

This is really exiting that you are taking the time to do something for you!

What can you do as a “great job!” once you accomplish it?

Maybe you’ll buy a fun bottle of wine to celebrate 30 days of healthier eating or have a new meal planned after you’ve taken 15 minutes of meditation for 10 days.

Choose something to honor all the hard work you’ve done – you deserve it!

There is so much to do!

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It feel likes you are running around like a chicken with your head cut off (literally running between departments and meetings and/or mentally churning with all the projects you’ve got to get done!).

It would be GREAT if you could set priorities – but how in the world do you do that when you can’t even seem to get your thoughts straight?!

This week, we’re going super practical on some tips!

Tip 1: Make and keep a list

At the beginning of each day start out by writing out all you’ve got to accomplish.

And, as more things get added onto your plate, update your list!

Feeling a little sad about the length? That’s ok! It’s better to have all those tasks identified in one place than scattered around your brain.

Tip 2: Mark all your items in order of importance

My guess is that almost everything you are working on is urgent (or you wouldn’t feel so overwhelmed) and you probably feel like everything is important, too.

But, there are only so many hours in a work day and you can only get so much done. So, pick out those 2 or 3 or 5 things that you HAVE to get done today and mark them one color.

Mark those next 5 or 7 times that would be great to get done in a separate color and take all the remaining items and mark them a 3rd color.

Now you’ve got your starting place!

Tip 3: Set time goals for yourself

Look at those items that you have to get done today and think through the following question: if you are at your best and totally focused, how long should each of those take you?

Now, plan out when you’ll work on each of those items and set your goal to be to finish in a specific amount of time.

Zone in, get your coffee in hand, and set your mind to execution mode!

Now – get it done!

Developing You

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If you could have more of one thing in life, what would it be?

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Did you answer with time or money? If so, you are right up there with about 85% of Americans.

We are all. so. busy.

And now, we are suggesting that you take more time out of your day to develop you. If you haven’t been with us the last few weeks we’d encourage to check out our past two posts on why to spend the time and where to start.

This week, we’ve got the VERY exciting chance to talk about WHEN to actually do this.

Some days it can be so hard to find the time to make a pit stop in the bathroom, let alone take a class or work with a Coach!

But, if you just continue to do what you have been, chances are you won’t continue to grow in the ways you hope to. (I know… this post is getting all serious!)

The best way to find the time to develop you is to set aside the time and don’t let anything get in the way.

I can almost feel the eye rolls happening and hear the “But….”

Maybe you need to schedule yourself to “leave” work an hour early once a month but instead of going home, stop by the library to work on your class.

Or maybe instead of hanging out in the break room for lunch, go down by the park and read.

LITTLE tweaks can make a really big difference.

Whatever it is you’ve chosen to do, it is time to make the choice that you continuing to grow is just as important as you getting your job done.

So.

Take out your calendar and choose a time- block it off.

Then, go talk to whoever you need to help keep you accountable to that (maybe it’s your team so that they know they really can’t bother you during that time or your boss or your spouse or trusted friend).

But, tell someone what you are committing to.

We are excited for you to continue to grow and we’d love to hear about what you’ve committed to!

How Do I Work on My Development?

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Brought back to your 7-year-old self? Us too.

It’s a weird question to ask someone so young that, don’t you think? It almost feels magical at that time of our lives – far away and dreamlike.

In that moment you can say you want to be “an astronaut” and you are rewarded with “Oh that would be SO fun!”.

What if you said that now in your life? You’d get the – “Wow, do you know how much work it takes become an astronaut? You’re really going to have to work hard to get there.”

Today, take a little time to think about where you want to get in your career – knowing it may take some hard work to get there. Maybe you already know! Maybe you have some ideas. Or maybe, you have no idea…

Regardless, take a couple of minutes to focus on where you are now and where you would love to get to.

What may be preventing you from getting there now?

  • Maybe there is a specific skill set that you need to get better at?
  • Maybe there is something you need to try to see where you strengths are!
  • Maybe you don’t know what it is, but you know you want to grow

Now think about what you could practically do to gain those new skills:

  • Take a free online class
  • Earn a new certification
  • See if there is a Coach you could work with to develop yourself overall or on a specific skill
  • Look into receiving a feedback report from your Manager, Peers, and Direct Reports

Got those juices flowing yet?

Pick something and commit to doing. Identify what your next step is:

  • Do you need to find that class? Maybe try here or here.
  • Research the requirement for the certification?
  • Talk to you boss about budget approval for working with a Coach

Start taking action NOW!

There is never the “perfect time” to start working on your development but if you don’t start (or continue) now, when will you?

Developing You

Developing You

You basically skipped into work this morning because it was the first day in weeks when it looked like you actually had a calm day.

Only one meeting scheduled?! Unheard of! You can actually get work done today (you know… be able to cross things OFF your to-do list instead of just adding)! You even scheduled in a couple of minutes just to think about you and where you want to go in your career.

And then the fires started up. Again. By 10:00 a.m. – the reality that your hopes of “getting everything done” today is looking like just a dream.

It’s hard to find and TAKE the time to step back and really focus on you: your growth, your path, your development.

With that in-mind, we’ve got a question:

Why does your development matter?

Take a minute and think about why your development matters to you.

Write that ‘why’ down somewhere to make it real.

If you don’t know WHY something is important (other than you should be doing it) then it becomes much more difficult to prioritize the time to make it happen.

After you know why your development matters, come up with a short phrase like:

  • I want to be better than I currently am
  • I am committed to growth
  • I believe in myself enough to believe I can do more

Take this phrase and put is somewhere you’ll remember! Knowing why this matters to you will give you more of a push to keep going.

Over the next 2 weeks, we’ll give you some more practical tips on how to continue to work on your development!