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!

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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!