Survival in a Changing World

Survival in a changing world

Changing Priorities: the Route to Survival in a Changing World

Advice from Wendy Smith; Career Coach and author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book – Wendy’s books on Amazon

Survival in a changing world – people at work are usually too well schooled these days in the arts of time management and setting priorities. Most of us have set SMART goals for a few years now. (If by some chance you haven’t, get in touch I’ll be very glad to pass on the tips.) We know how to sort urgent items from the important things we need to take time to consider and plan.

What many of us seem to be much less good at, though,  is knowing when to let things go and change priorities mid-plan.

Sometimes it is just easier to spend time hacking at trees than to go up in a helicopter so that you can recognise the danger to the forest from the fire on the horizon.

We live and work in a world that is full of changes that no one quite understands. When we plan, it can only ever be on only knowledge of what the future holds. That means we can never create a perfect map to success in the future.

To thrive now we need the ability to re-assess our plans as the terrain changes beneath out feet and the environment changes around us.

For example, a new technological development may be about to revolutionise the way that products or services are delivered to customers in our sector. This might present a threat but if responded to early and with insight it could be an opportunity.

So when you are planning, build in some regular review points for your priorities and have the confidence to change them and how you respond to them. That way lies survival in a changing world.

Other resources for job seekers

In the job market, there are always lots of useful techniques to learn or to refresh. From writing a modern CV to wooing at the interview, you’ll find lots of tips in my handy little pocket-book.

Stress-free Job Search
A concise and practical little workbook. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

A concise and practical little work book, it is for all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

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Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. 

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Top priority – what is yours?

Top priority – what is yours?

Top priority – is the work you do first always the most urgent and most important?

How can you make sure your critical work is getting done, and getting done early?

Are you tempted to work on a low priority project because it’s more fun? Perhaps it is less difficult than an working on a high-priority project.

Yes, well, we all tell ourselves that trawling right through our emails first thing each morning is really important! It is always satisfying to find out what is in there, isn’t it?  But it doesn’t get that board paper written, nor the monthly report completed.

How can you make sure you’re on the right track?

Well, here is help!

Create a list with two columns. On the left side, list the three to five most critical priorities you are accountable for! On the right side, list all the activities you do during the day.

At the end of the day, match it up.

How much of what you accomplished on the right side was in direct support of your key priorities on the left?

If you don’t have a good match, re-evaluate the work you’re choosing to do.

What are you choosing to first?

Getting your most important priorities done first, will help you feel more satisfied about the work you accomplish.

Of course you can do a quick scan of your emails beforehand, but make it quick!

This new approach should also leave you time to deal with lower priorities later in the day.

Who knows, you might even get to leave on time for once!

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

Quick Tip Thursday: Doing the Most Important Work

Quick Tip Thursday: Doing the Most Important Work

Doing the Most Important Work – So, is the work you do first always the most urgent and most important?

How can you make sure your critical work is getting done, and getting done early?

Do you work on a low priority project because it’s more fun or less difficult than an working on a high-priority project?

Yes, well, we all tell ourselves that trawling right through our emails first thing each morning is really important! Yes, it is always satisfying to find out what is in there, isn’t it?  But it doesn’t get that board paper written, nor the monthly report completed.

How can you make sure you’re on the right track?

Well, here is help!

Create a list with two columns. On the left side, list the three to five most critical priorities you are accountable for! On the right side, list all the activities you do during the day.

At the end of the day, match it up.

How much of what you accomplished on the right side was in direct support of your key priorities on the left?

If you don’t have a good match, re-evaluate the work you’re choosing to do.

What are you choosing to first?

Getting your most important priorities done first, will help you feel more satisfied about the work you accomplish.

Of course you can do a quick scan of your emails beforehand, but make it quick!

This new approach should also leave you time to deal with lower priorities later in the day.

Who knows, you might even get to leave on time for once!

Career coaches and life  coaches like me are around to help you thrive and succeed in challenging times. Get in touch at this link – I would like to discuss how I can help you.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in helping people lead happier lives and feel more fulfilled. She has worked in management as well as coaching and personal development, as well as starting up her own businesses. That means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up a new business or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. 

Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book a FREE coaching session with Wendy or find out more at this link

 

Let me tell your fortune – I'll tell you your life's purpose!

How to fold a paper fortune teller 12 steps
How to fold a paper fortune teller in 12 steps

When going through personal transition, you can spend lots of time thinking about what you are going to do next and where you are going in life. A classic question in these circumstances is,  “Where would you like to be in five years time?”

In order to answer that question we often end up thinking; “Well what is it it all about any way?”

This is usually closely followed by; “What am I here for?”

I found a website that promised a method for answering this question in 20 minutes – and no I’m not going to give you a link to it for reasons which I’ll explain later.

But basically this is what that website advised you to do:

  1. Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type.
  2. Write at the top, “What is my true purpose in life?”
  3. Write an answer (any answer) that pops into your head. It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine.
  4. Repeat step 3 until you write the answer that makes you cry. This is your purpose.

That’s it.

Simple isn’t it!

It went on to say it will take “15-20 minutes to clear your head of all the clutter and the social conditioning about what you think your purpose in life is. The false answers will come from your mind and your memories. But when the true answer finally arrives, it will feel like it’s coming to you from a different source entirely.”

Oh how I wish it could be that easy and oh dear how dangerous I think that particular piece of advice could be!

Suppose you spent your twenty minutes and then came up with a view that would mean a huge life change and you acted upon it with no further consideration.  Wouldn’t that be a bit risky?

But that advice is by no means as potentially damaging to the vulnerable as that below

I was told about this recently.

A friend of mine follows astrology columns, largely for fun – she enjoys the positive and tries head to ignore the negative.  But recently she took up an offer from an astrology service to tell her, her life purpose.  What she got back would have been devastating for some.

It claimed that the unhappiness she was suffering in this life was all the result of some terrible deed she had done in a past life.  It claimed her actions had resulted in the death of many and that she needed to spend the rest of this life in penance and good deeds.

Luckily she is a healthy well-balanced and positive person who could laugh off this kind of advice and determine not to try it again.  But I know others for whom it would have been disastrous!

Anyway, I’m not convinced we have an individual life purpose!

I believe life is largely what you make it, but you do have to make the right choices if you are going to feel fulfilled.  There is much to be said for going through some of the steps recommended above but with a few changes.

  1. Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type.
  2. Write at the top, “What do I want do with my life – where could I go from here?”
  3. Write all the answers that come into you head in say 20 minutes. They don’t have to be complete sentences. A short phrase is fine.
  4. Now spend the next day thinking about your answers and in 24 hours go through your list again to delete, amend, add to and prioritize.

So now you have a list – what does it mean for you?

If it makes sense, act on it! But only if it makes real sense for you in your life and in you circumstances.  I’m all for being open minded about possibilities though!

And don’t leave it at that, in a week’s time review it again.

Then each month from now on take up your list and see if it still makes sense.

I suspect over time your wishes and your priorities will change as your life evolves and so it should! Life, like the world itself, is in a constant state of change and sadly one answer is unlikely to be good for all time.

The lesson in all this is to be very careful about the advice you follow.

There is so much out there now that you need to make very careful choices about what you take seriously.

And I’m not sure that I would take too seriously any website that offers to send you the answers to life’s deepest mysteries in return for £20 and your credit card details.

I’ve sounded very cynical above about doing work on your life purpose.  But you may have experienced something that worked really well for you and made a huge difference to your life.  If so I would love to hear from you.

Wendy Mason works as a consultant, business coach and blogger. Adept at problem solving, she is a great person to bring in when that one thing you thought was straightforward turns out not to be! If you have a problem talk to Wendy – she can help you – email her atwendymason@wisewolfconsulting.com or ring ++44(0)7867681439