Do you wish you could work less and play more? Are you so stuck in rut you can't see a way out? Have you ever said I wish I had more time for me?
Well there is hope. First of all you have to be aware of your situation, have a strong desire to change and then take action.
Jackie's Story Jackie is 31 yrs of age and Business Development Manager for an insurance company.
She always arrived at work at 8.00 a.m. and never left office before 6.30 p.m. most nights. She bemoaned fact that work took over her life.
Through process of coaching we discovered that only reason Jackie didn't have a personal life was because she never planned to have one.
She realised she buried herself in her work needlessly. She avoided going home as she had nothing to look forward to. Jackie lived on her own, she wasn't in a relationship and had no hobbies. So she defined her purpose in life through her work. It made her feel worthwhile and wanted. Although her career was blossoming, Jackie was unhappy. In fact, she was lonely.
We worked on getting Jackie on purpose in her personal life.
Through coaching process we concentrated on three key goals which would be achievable and realistic over a six month period. Why? Because that timeframe is long enough to achieve measurable results and make long term changes.
Jackie's main goal areas related to her career, health and fitness and relationships. This is what she came up with:
Career Leave work by 5.00 p.m. each day.
Health and Fitness To be able to wear my black skirt. (Jackie had put on so much weight that she couldn't do zip up.)
Relationship To be in a loving relationship.
There were a number of secondary goals, however these three were key ones that Jackie was most passionate about and was prepared to take action on.
Once goals were defined we then worked out strategies to reach them and then actions to take to achieve them.
Career - Leave work by 5.00 p.m. each day We looked at Jackie's time management. I had her fill out our Weekly Planner which also can be used as a time sheet. We discovered she wasted at least two hours a day on unwanted interruptions and being unable to say 'no'. We showed her simple ways to plan her day more effectively and get more done.
Health and Fitness - To be able to wear my black skirt. Jackie had no exercise routine and her diet was inadequate. Together we worked out best solution for her physical activity which was to join gym near her work. By attending gym at 6.00 a.m. each morning she was able to bounce into work instead of dragging herself in.