When you are in an executive or entrepreneurial position, it can be super hard to know what to do and when. There are a million extra decisions when someone else isn’t structuring your work.
It can be wonderful to have autonomy, but if you’re not always sure how to manage yourself, you can be overwhelmed by all of the questions that can face you on a daily basis.
- When should I start my work day?
- When should I end it?
- What constitutes work?
- What are the highest priorities?
- How do I do….?
- Should I be worried about…?
I could go on. And on. And ON. You get the picture.
I think the hardest part about this lack of direction is that you can end up working really hard, doing the wrong things.
Hard work does not insure desired results.
You have to make sure that you’re doing the tasks that are the best use of your time.
And when you’re running full tilt, it’s hard to know if you’re going in the right direction.
If you’re not sure you’re doing the right things, STOP.
Set aside time to evaluate where you’re going, what you’re doing to get there, and if those efforts are working.
- Take a 360 assessment of your career, your personal life, and your big picture goals.
- Look at what you are actually doing (not what you wish you were doing).
- Figure out where you’re missing the mark when you look at the goals you’re trying to reach.
- Identify when you need an outside perspective – it can be super helpful to have someone who isn’t involved give you their two cents.
Part of the stress can be not knowing what you’re really up against. When you take a moment to really assess what you’re up against, you can make a plan. Please take this timeout for yourself and your career. You’ll feel much more grounded, peaceful, and purposeful when you do.
If you’d like to take this timeout with me, remember that I’ve got my Own Your Career Path Strategy Session. I’d love to support you in gaining purpose and peace of mind.