How to Re-design Your Work Life
Why do we wait for a certain time of year to make a decision for change? If you are like most people a couple of days before the New Year you may ‘start thinking’ about what you want in the New Year.
If you need change in your work / life balance then anytime is a good time.For now we will address how to re-design your work life.
Maybe you’re feeling tired, overwhelmed or anxious, then NOW is the best time to re-evaluate your lifestyle and make some practical changes. What are you waiting for?
I recently read Shannah Kennedy’s new book Simplify, Structure, Succeed. I recommend it! These are her top tips to re-design your work life and I want to share them with you! Start with one or two changes… and keep it simple to start. Baby steps!
Identify your ‘drainers’
Everyone should take a moment to reflect on the tasks and relationships that drag you down, draining your time and energy. Once you know what these are, you’ll have the clarity to set purposeful goals that match your vision, and be able to brainstorm strategies that keep these ‘drainers’ at bay.
Buy the right diary
Don’t get side-tracked by impractical tiny-print diaries. Purchase one that fits a week-to-a-spread, which allows you to easily check in on your weekly tasks at a glance and assess how busy you are, and how much progress your likely to make.
Make a monthly review list
It’s important to set time aside to reflect and plan. Review your list of drainers and allocate time in your diary to give attention to key aspects of your life that often get neglected when we’re busy- maintaining your home, managing finances, nurturing relationships and prioritising your wellbeing and health.
Tackle the yearly planner
This might seem daunting, but you’ll be surprised how quickly and easily it can be done. “Start with inputting the fun stuff- birthdays, holidays and anniversaries- then add in achievable goals,” she says.
‘Eat the frog’
The first hour of the day is one of the most important, so don’t waste it on dredging through admin and mind-numbing tasks. “Tackle something from the ‘too hard’ basket first thing in the morning”. Now is a good time to reflect on those monthly and yearly goals (with a quick glance at your new diary). If you set a goal to improve your fitness, hit the gym before work. If you’ve got a presentation you’re nervous about, set aside an hour when you get to your desk to write down a plan.
Use your phone as a tool
It’s one of the few things we can trust to be by our side day in, day out, so use it to your advantage. Set daily or weekly reminders about what’s important to you. Simple reminders will help reinforce goals and remind you not to forget what’s on your list. Small ones work well, such as drink water, head outside for a walk and call your partner.
Limit your daily critical to-do list
Don’t let your daily ‘to-do’ list turn into an essay. It’s not a diary entry, it’s a succinct, achievable list of jobs you want to, and can, achieve in the next eight or so hours at work. Limit your list to seven points to prevent feeling overwhelmed before you’ve even managed to tackle one task.
Adaptations from Simplify, Structure, Succeed, authored by Shannah Kennedy.