Mini-Series: Creating a Career that Fits Your Lifestyle, Not the Other Way Around Part I
Creating a Career That Fits Your Lifestyle:
No one knows better than me how easy it is to get caught up in the craziness of everyday work life (you know those schedules/reports/client expectations) and forget exactly what we are working so hard for. Suddenly the destination is controlling the ride and we just don’t know what to do. But, we know it’s not working. Even if you love your job, your health and for that matter your sanity REQUIRE that you understand your need to balance work time with personal time. Your career, no matter how enjoyable, is there to support your lifestyle, not the other way around. If you find yourself making constant sacrifices in your personal life in favor of your work schedule, it’s time to take the reins and reevaluate the situation and make some hard (or maybe not-so-hard) choices.
Are you in? Because I have a project for us.
PART I: Dreamcasting
The first step in creating a career that fits your lifestyle is Dreamcasting. It sounds much fancier than it is. This process requires you to sit down and “map out” your dreams for the future. What are you trying to achieve outside of work? The answer can be as simple as a debt-free existence, or as complex as traveling the world to volunteer your time improving education and healthcare access in developing nations. No matter what career you currently have, the opportunity exists to meet these personal life goals. Visualizing these goals with a “Dream Journal” is Step 1. It can take it’s form in many ways…. an actual Journal with clippings, photos and thoughts attached, a private Pinterest Board, or a Vision Board [my friend Katie & I started ours over a pile of magazines and a bottle of wine]. Whatever medium you choose it’s a process that makes your “dreams” more tangible and with that, you are more likely to achieve them.
If you’re in this with me, let’s do this over the month of July and on August 5th I will share my Vision Board and if anyone wants me to share theirs or their Pinterest Board, I will share them too. In August we will talk about Step 2: Refocusing.
I don’t know about you but I’m pretty excited…
About the blogger: Heidi is the owner and on-site manager of Work Webb, a shared office facility with locations in Daytona Beach and Melbourne, FL and when she’s not dreaming about uncomplicating her life she practices law from her desk located in Work Webb.