This week (19 October), it was Evaluate Your Life Day - a time to reflect on your life and aim to become a better version of yourself. Inspired by this, we’ve looked at the different ways you can evaluate your working life and assess whether you are on the right track.
Are you working to your strengths?
It’s very easy in work or business to get sidetracked by tasks someone asks you to do that may not actually be the right fit for you. Maybe it’s a task you’re not that skilled at or one you don’t like doing, leaving you less time to do the things you love or are most skilled at.
Think about what your strengths are, what you set out to do and try to focus on that. This could mean saying ‘no’ more or reevaluating who you are working with to make sure you are on the right track.
Do you manage your time well?
It is thought that the first part of the day is the most important as this is a time when people work better due to feeling more energised. Consider the time you are going to bed and waking in the morning. Do you give yourself enough time to wake up and get yourself prepared for the day ahead?
It’s thought to be best to get up about two hours before you start work so if you struggle to get going, try to form good morning habits to help you stay focussed throughout the day. Also, are you maximising your work in the mornings? If this is when you feel the most motivated, maybe book in ideas meetings or do the tasks that require your full attention.
Do you feel inspired?
To start a business or embark on a new career, you will have felt inspired by something. As you go further into your journey, do you still feel inspired? This will help you feel more creative and come up with new ideas.
Try to be proactive, this could mean finding something to watch, maybe a documentary, read a book or a blog, or listen to a podcast that interests you. Hearing stories, different ideas and learning about new trends can inspire you both personally and in business.
Are you on track with your goals?
A journal is a great way to note down your goals and see whether you are on the right track. Maybe set out where you want to be in say a year’s time and keep notes on how that is progressing. It can be a good habit to write a list at the end of the day to note down what you have achieved rather than what you have left to do, this can help you see how you are progressing and remain positive.
Do you have the right balance?
This means looking at the time you spend working and making sure there is a good balance. Do you work enough hours in the day to get through your main tasks? If not, and you are able to, can you allocate more time to work?
Or is it that you are working too much? If your work is preventing you from spending time with your family or doing the things you love, then maybe you need to look at getting a better work-life balance.
Are you surrounded by positive influences?
Do you feel inspired by the people around you? This means regularly connecting with the people who are close to you whilst also surrounding yourself with people who can help you achieve your goals.
Hearing other people’s stories and journeys can be a great way to learn and progress toward and can help you connect with other people in your industry and community. Try networking events and social media groups to meet people who can help inspire and motivate you to be the best version of yourself.
The Arts News
Craig Revel Horwood and Paul O'Grady will be sharing the role of Miss Hannigan during the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of Annie. The musical will open at Curve, Leicester on Saturday 25 February 2023.
The cast has been announced for the upcoming UK and Ireland tour of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, including Daniel Cornish (as alternate Boy), Trevor Fox (as Dad), Emma-Jane Goodwin (as understudy), Paolo Guidi (as ensemble) and Millie Hikasa (as Lettie Hempstock, with further casting still to be announced.
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