My airport reading. Totally absorbed this book and so many relevant points.
I’ve always thought like this: if you don’t enjoy your job, then why are you doing it? Why moan about it? Why do you go? We all have bills and so on. But there are other things you can do. No body should hate their job. Make lifestyle changes.
I left teaching after it was making me unhappy, but… Have recently thought about doing supply work one day a week because I think I’d really enjoy doing a bit of teaching. Most of it will be planned for me. I’ll get to spend time in different schools. There are lots of great reasons but it is definitely not something I want to do full time. If I became a full time teacher, how would I fit in all the things I love?
So when I saw this book at the airport, it was a must have. I’m going to share with you an action plan based on the points in this book. Hopefully, you will get something from it. Maybe you will go out and purchase this book.
1. Write an autobiography. Think of key points in your life when you have been doing something you love, or not been doing something you love. Don’t do this for each year just pick say 10-12 key defining moments in your life
2. Do a formal assessment of your life. Are you doing what you love? Be honest with yourself. Think about if there is anyway you could do the bits you love and leave the bits you don’t? Or can you balance it out better?
3. Answer a series of questions and grade out of 10 (0 being little and 10 being lots)
- How much do you love your job?
- Out of hours, do you manage to do what you love?
- How many things are there that you’d love to do, but don’t?
- When you were young, were you doing what you loved more or less than you are now?
- Can you imagine a situation where you’re doing significantly not of what you love than now?
4. Write two letters to yourself. Write from the 17 year old ‘you’ to the present you. Send yourself some advice from a younger version of you.
Next, write a letter to the present you but from the 77 year old version of you. Reflect.
This activity really gets you to think about your life and how you thought about it from a young age- paying attention to what you might have felt was important back then. When reflecting and looking back, it encourages you to look at the way you spent your life- and the big question is- were you happy?
5. Think about the activities you have taken part in this past year, 6 months, month or even a week. Have there been any times where you have become aware of the need to eat, but you’ve actually thought ‘fuck it’ and neglected food altogether or have simply binge eaten because you were so totally engrossed in what you were doing and simply didn’t want to stop? The author of this book highlights these moments as being in ‘flow’. This idea comes from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and being in ‘flow’ means your ‘body or mind are stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile’ and your body and mind know when you are doing something that you love.
6. Write your lists
- What do you love? How do you spend your time? What do you love doing? It is important to keep adding to this list.
- What did you used to love doing when you were a child?
- What do you think you will love doing when you are older?
7. What don’t you love doing? How can you change this? You might even consider getting a cleaner? If you hate ironing that much maybe there are other things you can sacrifice to fund this service…
8. Write down what you would do if you couldn’t fail. This might really help you to think about what it is you would love to do. Sometimes it’s fear that holds us back.
9. This activity should help you with your time management. Choose 6 things you are not currently doing that you love. Then break down these 6 things with no more than 3 manageable steps.
My example: photography
- Dedicate 2 hours a week online learning the basics of photography
- Enroll on a course, check groupon for good deals
- Take photographs once a week and upload them to my computer. Visit a new place each time.
Remember, this for six things you love but are not currently doing.
10. Find time to meditate. This doesn’t have to be the stereotypical meditating that comes to mind. Make time for 15 minutes from each day to sit and think.
Man is truly great when he acts from passion. Benjamin Disraeli
There’s no bigger money magnet than passion. John C Parkin.
Priorotize what you love. Do less of what you don’t love. John C Parkin.