Q: WHERE DO I FIND THE TIME AND ENERGY TO CHANGE MY CAREER?
Some people don’t give their mental energy enough credit.
Whether you are currently:
- At a job that no longer satisfies your needs
- Looking to move yourself into another industry to better your career
- Thinking of starting your own business
Your mental energy is key in finding the time and space to focus on how to change careers.
If you are thinking that it is impossible to try and conquer this task while holding down a full-time job that is draining what energy you have left, that is understandable.
BUT! If you’re serious about changing careers, you need to make finding the time to create that extra energy to sustain yourself through your upcoming career transition. You need to make it a priority to ease that mental stress, so you can focus on more important paths – like your career change.
Here are 3 things you can do to jump start your energy to drive you to find that illusive extra time and energy to put your career plans into motion:
1. HOW TO CHANGE CAREERS: START YOUR DAY BY PUTTING YOURSELF FIRST.
Make the mind switch to focus on yourself first. It sounds simple. But, it won’t feel as simple as it sounds until you begin to implement this switch on a daily basis. This will help you not only get more done, but it will also help you get the ball rolling on your career change and continue the momentum you need to push you to follow through with your career transition.
Example: Our client, Eric, began waking up 30 minutes earlier to acclimate to the morning and kick-start his career transition by taking that extra time and energy in the morning to identify companies that he wanted to work with in his next career. The extra homework that he did in the early morning hours led him to network with the people he needed to in the organizations he was hoping to work at, as well as several job offers.
2. RE-EVALUATE YOUR DIET AND REPLACE THE “ENERGY-DEPLETING” FOODS WITH HEALTHIER OPTIONS
You can start by taking 15 minutes out of your day to write down your meals and snacks from the day. Choose one or two things that have the highest impact on your productivity. Find out which foods slow you down & consume less of them. Take this task in small steps, you don’t want to completely shock your body.
Example: Cutting out carbs, sugars, and soda will clean up your diet and improve your energy levels. You can replace those foods with fruits and vegetables and start drinking tea or sparkling water to fulfill those voids.
3. TAKE SMALL PIECES OF YOUR LIFE AND PUT THEM ON AUTO-PILOT
Take out the energy and time suck that small activities such as decision-making about some of your daily activities (insignificant decisions like what to eat for breakfast, when to do your household chores, grocery shopping, etc.) take away from you during the day. You may not know it, but the energy that you spend making these small decisions throughout your day is draining you, slowly.
You can try leaving the insignificant decisions for the end of the day or create a basic routine with easy meals to make for the week. Be more efficient by creating systems of where you spend your time.
Example: Make a decision to eat the same thing every single time for 6-12 weeks. Use that extra mental energy from during those 6-12 weeks to focus on your career change. You want to eliminate the daily irritations to add energy, willpower, decision-making power to your career change.
Try to layer one of these 3 things into your life now. Slowly create that extra time and energy for yourself to get that extra leg up on your career change.
Take care of yourself mentally and physically and you will be able to sustain yourself throughout your career change.
If you’re serious about it, it is worth it.
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