I have events and activities I need to schedule in my day, and I also need time for writing and connecting with clients and customers. Since I am a creative entrepreneur with a writing and coaching business, it’s important to prioritize my time.
I love time freedom––the ability to self-schedule––and also need to keep track of scheduled meetings and activities.
Every day I plan time for healthy activities, colorful vegetables, support from friends and colleagues, a time to quiet my mind, and time for creativity. I use my planners to monitor my accomplishments and distractions. During times of disruptive change, a planner can be a soothing friend that gives a sense of normalcy. I print out my planners and use colored pens to fill them out. Using a style of planner you enjoy, will give you the motivation to pick up your planner, organize your time as much as needed, and feel like you are moving your career forward even if you don’t know what it will look like five years from now.
When you take care of today, you will be better prepared for tomorrow.
First, I use an Action Planner to write down tasks, activities, and events I want to complete in a week. Then, I can easily prioritize appointments, tasks, and projects.
I prioritize with my Action Planner and schedule my day with my Daily Activity Planner.
Next, I use a Daily Activity Planner, when needed, to schedule my day. I find this especially important when I have specific things that need to be accomplished and several scheduled appointments. Using the Daily Activity Planner, I can quickly see what I accomplished, how long it took, and what annoying distraction or unexpected serendipity took my time instead. The Daily Activity Planner helps me monitor my work and see where I need to make changes in my routine to be productive and make time for things that are most important.
I use my planners to monitor my accomplishments and distractions. I prioritize with my Action Planner, and when needed I schedule my day with my Daily Activity Planner. During times of disruptive change, a planner can be a soothing friend that gives a sense of normalcy. I print out my planners and use colored pens to fill them out. Using a style of planner you enjoy, will give you the motivation to pick up your planner, organize your time as much as needed, and feel like you are moving your career forward even if you don’t know what it will look like five years from now.
How do you create urgency to prepare for you next career transition? With a disruption in our goals, plans, and activities it’s easy to put things off until tomorrow. Tapping into your passion and interests and sharing with a friendly small group, till keep you motivated and working toward your goals.
Join us in the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club for inspiration, support, accountability, and resources.
For some reason, I’m not really sure why, I am fascinated with spy stories both real and fiction. I’ve recently been reading stories written by spies, including; Moscow Rules (also movie Argo) about an artist recruited to be a document forger, The Unexpected Spy about a sorority girl secret agent, and How to Catch a Russian Spy about a double agent. Spy stories can teach us lessons about how careers can be transformed in unexpected ways. With the current employment disruption, helping people learn new ways to translate current skills into new careers will be the next challenge for Career/Life Coaches.
As a Career Counselor/Life Coach, I find these books fascinating. An artist wonders why the CIA would approach him with a career opportunity. It turns out the CIA needs artists for spy craft because of their ability to forge documents. Magicians teach agents slight-of-hand tricks for passing sensitive information. Recruiters visit Hollywood to hire make-up artists to create elaborate disguises for spies. Learning about jobs that can be transformed into spy craft opened my eyes to the many transferrable skills that can transform careers.
Throughout history, we have experienced crises that disrupted and changed our ways of working. From the invention of the automobile, the railroad, telephones in their different stages of evolution, to wars, the Industrial Revolution, the Information Revolution with integration of tech and Artificial Intelligence that we are currently experiencing while in the middle of a pandemic. Each one of these events created a major disruption in the way we work. When a pandemic is coupled with a major event as with the plagues and world wars and our current pandemic during the already accelerating advancing in technology that gives us conveniences during our stay-at-home work, but also changes the way we work.
It’s time to seriously evaluate our skills, values, and interests and determine what we most want and need to transfer or update our skills to new jobs or careers. My colleague, Gohar Srapyan, and I developed the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club to do just that. In a time of crisis, we want to give you a place to share your skills, successes, and challenges. More important than a simple job search is knowing what you want and how to express yourself in the language of work.
Are you an Orange Pepper, Red Tomato, Green Bean or Purple Carrot Personality Style? Join us for a fun interactive presentation of The Vegetable Personality Styles™ analogy
July 10 @ 12:00 PDT. Just sign up in the box below for the link to the Zoom meetup.
Meet the facilitators
Nancy J. Miller and Gohar Srapyan
Knowing your uniqueness and similarity to others helps you find work you love; and enjoy those you work with.
Success in your work; whether at home, paid work, volunteer, or nurturing your children, requires knowing your strengths and how to build healthy relationships. The Vegetable
Personality Styles™ analogy takes you into a garden of possibilities for creating the healthy eating and healthy relationships you need for success in your work.
Join us June 17 @ 12:00 to learn about Nancy J. Miller’s Vegetable Personality Styles. Her eBook will be free on Amazon June 16-20.
Vegetable Personality Styles, by Nancy J. Miller, M.S., Career Counselor/Certified Life Coach. Nancy has over 20 years’ experience studying personalities and sharing her vegetable analogy in business meetings, small groups and conferences.
Vegetable Kids in the Garden, by Nancy J. Miller, Hardcover, is currently on an Amazon promotion for $5.72. The Vegetable Kids show their unique personality styles while finding treasures in the garden.
More about Vegetable Personality Styles™ at: Teal Publishing.
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