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Career: Finding Our True Purpose in Career Life

Career: Finding Our True Purpose in Career Life

Have you ever questioned your career and wondered what am I doing here? It may have been great in the early days and life was great. The challenge of adapting to a new career was exciting and the wages were good. It allowed for independent living and the chance to pay for our own way in life. Maybe we discovered when we had well settled into our role that the career path we were on was less than fulfilling, leaving us going through the motions in our job. Maybe now it’s time to start asking “Is this what I really want in my career?”

Maybe we compared ourselves to others in their career lives? Have these comparisons left us with a feeling of inadequacy and discontent? Finding our true-north is tougher than we think. Some of us travel our whole lives, never really feeling that we have found our true vocation or purpose, but the enquiry can still bring us joy and satisfaction.

Having asked the question; what’s my true purpose in life, can open a door that may instigate change. We may be fearful to open this door, as it may actually be an opportunity for a career change, which we can thrive in. We may realise that it is very different from the one our parents wished for us or our younger selves settled for.

The solution can be as simple as looking to inspirational role-models. They may be famous people or people we admire closer to home. What is it about them that inspire us? There may be a clue from these insights that can lead us to start exploring our true life’s purpose. For some the ‘eureka-moment’ can be rapid, almost overnight. For others, it can be a slow arduous task to discover their true purpose, but so worth it in the end if they are persistent.

Maybe our role model includes an Irish chef, Nevin Maguire or Rachel Allen. We find ourselves coming home from work and our first go-to television program is their show. Then we find ourselves getting creative in the kitchen, cooking up a dish that Nevin or Rachel would love to taste, if only they were here!

Just maybe, the penny drops and we realise that cooking is in our veins. We truly see that we were passionate all along, always talking about new recipe ideas or inviting friends over for dinner to try out our new cuisine. We may realise that we were already living out our true purpose in our personal lives. Then, the next day we may find that life throws us an opportunity. We get an email from a friend we haven’t been in contact for ages, telling us that a new cookery course is starting in the nearby college in two weeks. We wonder is life showing us a sign. We may get excited or fear may creep into our minds. We ask “What if …?” or “What will my boss say?”  Well, we won’t actually know unless we pluck up the courage and give it a chance. At the very least, we owe it to ourselves.

Taking that first step, as if ‘walking on water’ with an act of faith, can grant us a deeper knowledge whether this career is for us or not. The change can terrify us, but it can also reward us. Some people go through their career journey never finding their true purpose. There are plenty of supportive professional networks that can help to brainstorm, in search for the right change in our lives. We may also have the support of family and friends that can offer their advice. All we need to do is become open to the idea, explore by asking lots of questions, be patient and trust the process.

How to Be More Productive in Your Job

HOW TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE IN YOUR JOB

Would you like to commit to accomplishing more in less time, in your job and your career? Many of us feel that our productivity in our jobs can be great some weeks, and a disaster at other times. When we evaluate why, we may realise that we go about our tasks without any strategy. Strategies can help us create effective management of tasks or time.

How to Be More Productive in Your Job Three Q Recruitment

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These 6 simple techniques can help with becoming motivated to be more productive in any job. They can also reduce the ever increasing ‘to do’ list, more efficiently.

  1. 1.  Plan, plan, plan. Forward planning can reduce the time required to achieve each task. Manage the daily/weekly schedule by documenting a plan for the day/week ahead. List:

  • (1)  What needs to be achieved?
  • (2)  How it is going to be achieved?
  • (3)  When it’s going to be completed? Set a deadline, for faster action to achieve each goal
  1. 2.  Organise tasks for greater efficiency, by prioritising the most important ones first.

  • –  Plan a step by step process for each task, while maintaining quality throughout. For more difficult tasks, it is helpful to visualise this process.
  • –  Time-block the entire working day. This may also be helpful in our personal life, including evening and weekend activities.
  • –  Eliminate the potential for wasted energy and time on less important tasks, by delegating tasks and reducing unnecessary distractions.
  • –  Take on the biggest tasks at the start of the day, when energy levels are typically higher to achieve higher productivity.
  • –  The dreaded word ‘deadlines’ can cause anxiety. Setting achievable time limits can significantly reduce procrastination with starting and/or completing tasks, and ultimately lessen stress.
  • –  Change the dynamic of how work is taken on by grouping interesting and uninteresting tasks together. This can help to reduce the monotony associated with less mundane jobs.
  1. 3.  Maintain focus. Distraction can be our biggest challenge.

  • –  Intentionally stay alert and commit to focus on the task at hand.
  • –  Ensure that a frequent check-in with the planned schedule throughout the day is completed to ensure that tasks stay on track. This helps with achieving greater productive output, efficiently.
  • –  Good self-care including diet and exercise can help enormously with maintaining focus.
  • –  Stay motivated and reap the rewards.

4. Curb stress levels by taking a short break between daily tasks.

Go for a brisk walk around the building to refresh the mind and stretch the body. This simple technique can easily refocus the mind.

5.  Finally, review each week.

  • Evaluate areas where there is room for improvement … there is always room for improvement. For example, eliminate unnecessary distractions. Turn off mobile phones while scanning through emails and daily ‘to do’ lists first thing in the morning. This can assist with maintaining a healthy focus and can increase productivity in the day by accomplishing more jobs in less time.

Don’t just work hard, plan astutely to achieve more each day. It’s amazing how quickly the ‘to do’ list can diminish, with a lot of clever planning and persistence. Achieving increased productivity can provide real satisfaction, and can significantly increase motivation levels. Remember to commit, focus, persevere, stay motivated, and evaluate all work daily for more effective and successful results in job productivity, in our career and personal life.

For a simple way to start, check out quick tips for productivity by clicking here.  

Feeling Stuck In Your Career?

Feeling Stuck In Your Career?

Do you feel happy in your current job or are you feeling stuck in your career? This is a positive question to ask; especially when we feel that our career has reached its full maturity. It can open the door to help identify if it is time for a change. The right change can come in many forms, including promotion within existing employment or change to a new employer.

This leads to the next step in asking another set of questions, including:

  • –  Do current skills need to be updated for an opportunity to seek a promotion?
  • –  Is there an opportunity to progress with the current organisation?
  • –  Does the job interfere with personal life activities, leaving little quality time in personal life?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then reassessing our life and current skills can be essential to identifying our next option. Assessing where we are at right now and where we would like to be in five years can provide the first insights on this process. Planning for both short-term and long-term career changes can help with the process, by breaking the changes into manageable bite-sizes. 

Many people go about their lives without fulfilling their fullest potential. Some may feel that they are at a crossroads in their life. There are many support networks available to help with any transition. This can include consulting with a Career Coach. The insights gained from this option can unlock hidden potential within, which can propel us on a new course for any future career. For example, their insights may identify that a natural leader is our top ability and that the job we are currently in is not fulfilling our true potential.

Other support networks can include family and friends. People that we have regular contact with in our lives can sometimes provide fresh insights and new opportunities, if we are brave enough to ask. Their feedback to the right questions can provide insight into unique talents that have yet to be explored. For instance asking how other people see us in both our work and personal life, can provide clarity on our next step. Asking for honest evaluation of our personal strengths and weaknesses can also provide insight to deepen our self-understanding.

It is important to ask the right people, the right questions. Truly supportive relationships will reciprocate positive feedback to help with becoming motivated on our journey. We need to remember, that in life, there are many options and it is never too late to alter the direction of our career. Sometimes all it takes is a little courage to change, resilience and clarity of focus to make the first step. Be the campaigner of your own destiny!

For some more tips, click here.