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Redesign your day-to-day working life.

Looking down over a hotel down to the sea in the Mediterranean.

There is power in connecting with what you REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want for your career, tapping into the information that lies beyond reason, deeper down within you. 

Drawing on this to visualise what could be may help you see new possibilities and existing ones in a new light.

Today, I want to introduce you to an exercise that helps you create a vision for what’s possible for you in how a new career might play out day-to-day. 

It doesn’t have to be based on what is realistic and it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a clear idea of what you will be doing with your work yet (your new career).

This is about getting in touch with the way you want to undertake work each day and giving yourself the freedom to explore without limitations.

Don’t be held back by thoughts like ‘it’s not possible’ (there will be plenty of time for that later), you are giving yourself the chance to redesign your working life and to discover what you need to thrive.

Treat this exercise like a visualisation, answering the following questions to build the fullest experience of the day-to-day of your ideal career experience. 

Make sure you include what you can see, hear and feel – paint a vivid picture that comes alive in your mind, igniting all your senses.

Let’s begin:

What is your ideal working environment?

  • indoors/outdoors
  • fast-paced/gentle-paced
  • a structured organisation or a flexible one?
  • preferred dress code

What is your ideal size/type of organisation?

  • large/medium/small/one-man band? Start-up
  • what activity? business/financial/creative/caring/craft-based/legal/ training/administrative/charitable etc etc
  • traditional industry or cutting edge?
  • what values would your ideal organisation embrace?

What skills would you love to be using?

Who would you love to be working with?

  • are you managing people, part of a team or working alone?
  • if with people, what type of people?
  • like-minded people or greater diversity?

What kind of location would you prefer to be working in?

  • city/large town/small town/rural
  • office-based/field-based
  • working from home

Will you be travelling or based in one place?

  • if travelling, in your home country or abroad?
  • how much travelling would you like to be doing?

Will you be working for yourself or for an organisation?

  • if an organisation, what’s your ideal organisation?
  • what about a partnership? Who’d be your ideal business partner?

What kind of working structure/hours would you prefer?

  • full-time/part-time/consultancy/portfolio career/job-sharing?

What does your working day look like?

  • what kinds of things are you doing during the day?

What are your feelings about this ideal working life?

Now let what you have visualised sit for a while – keep tuning into it, imagining the day-to-day working life you have created and observe which parts are important enough to become an aspect of your new career that you want to bring into reality.

Ask yourself: is there is an opportunity within my existing workplace to test this out so I can experience it?  If so, watch for the impact it has on you.  Is it what you expected?

Remember, the more you can test out elements of your new career and preferred way of working before you transition, the more you reduce risk and uncertainty.

You also build confidence and trust in your decision making which calms second guessing as you step into your new career.

If you give this exercise a go, I would love to know what comes out of it for you and if you are able to implement any small changes right away!

Photo by Lawrence Chismorie on Unsplash.