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How to Make Time for Your Career Change

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:

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

Good luck

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