Being time poor is a classic symptom of our busy busy lives. We often get a certain buzz from being so busy, so important or indispensable that we don’t have a moment to ourselves. But it can come at a cost if our daily work lives don’t sustain us, value us or feel enjoyable and we know it’s time for a career change. Because there’s the problem – we are so busy that we just don’t have the time or the mental space to work out what else we can do.
Liz was a case in point – she was successful in her career, managing a large team and achieving her targets but she had known deep down for quite a while that something wasn’t right. She just didn’t enjoy her work like she used to, and the same question kept popping into her head – ‘what if there is something else I was meant to do?’ But she was too busy to spend any quality time trying to find the answer.
Well as Charles Buxton, the English brewer and philanthropist said ” You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.” Easier said than done I hear you cry, but I think we can use lack of time as an excuse, so try and answer the following questions to create the time you need for career change:
- What have you achieved so far when thinking about career change?
- List all the actions/thoughts you have had so far about changing career – seeing what you have managed to accomplish to date can give you a boost.
- How important is it on a scale of 1-10 for you to make time for career change?
- Working out your motivation level can help you prioritise over other less important things.
- If the number you select is lower than you would have thought think about what you could do to increase your motivation by one number.
- How much time do you need to create for career change?
- Deciding how much time you need can be so liberating – if you realise that initially all you need is one evening a week then that can feel much more manageable to make time for.
- What actions do you need to take?
- Break down the idea of changing career into some specific actions and this will feel more achievable and manageable.
- It will also allow you to see what you can achieve by yourself and where you might need some help.
Now you understand your motivation and you’re a bit clearer about what you need to create time for, you are in a much better place to start saying ‘no’ to the time stealers and ‘yes’ to spending some quality thinking about your career change.
Let me know how you get on – please leave a comment.