Hopefully you are all creating some time this summer to relax and enjoy yourselves.
‘When you’ve been thinking you can come to some very important decisions"
So how good are you at really listening to yourself???
We’ve been covering a lot in around this area recently with our Leading Yourself & Others Training, our Membership development modules on Time Management and Personal Strategy and our Career Crossroads service so this really made me think.
So, after chatting in through with the team we’ve identified the top 3 ways where it’s only too easy to forget to tune in, check in and listen to ourselves.
Deadlines – This can work two ways, you can be energised to finish something that you find pleasure in or it can be a deadline you are dreading. However, both can have an impact you don’t want. ‘J’ has taken on an additional sport challenge and is so enjoying it and wanting to do well he overtrained and now can’t sleep as he has injured his shoulder. ‘G’ has an urgent job to do which means his clients can’t move into their home. He is grumpy, tired and not sleeping either!
Are you looking at all perspectives?
Are there any other solutions that don’t impact negatively on you?
Is it worth it?
People Pressure – If someone else expects you to behave and think in a certain way then often over time you can lose track if what you are really thinking and feeling as opposed to what they want. This can lead to considerable ill health and stress. ‘T’ had joined the family business and was trying to work hard. His father was very proud he had joined as he had developed a successful business from a tiny start up. ‘T’ however struggled to learn and progress. He was bright however his passion lay elsewhere and the professional service area he was in was in a very compliant rules based arena that didn’t suit him.
What do you really want from your business/career?
Are these your goals or someone else’s?
Have you explored all options that are important to you?
Culture – This is where you stop listening to yourself because ‘that’s the way we do it around here’ culture exists. There’s a strong need to fit in and it can be only too easy to not even realise any negative affect it’s having on you. A long hour’s culture can easily become the norm however all the latest research shows that working longer hours and not taking breaks is simply unproductive. Equally worrying is the research over multitasking which is showing the longer-term damage it does to our brains.
How can you best look after your body and mind?
What’s the most effective way for you to work?
Have you got your balance right?
So, here’s wishing you a lovely summer and lovely time out to check in with yourself.