Full commitment, but never the goal?
Time and again, I meet people who, while pursuing their professional reorientation full steam ahead, are highly motivated and very creative - but still do not reach their goal.
Although they have many great ideas, they can never do job projects - that is, defined and well-thought-out alternatives, which are concise (see the 1 part) enough to make a decision.
5 Tips for the right structure
The reason: As our own job developer, we take care to develop new and good ideas for our future activities with creative perspectives. With the self-manager's hat on his head, we take care to be motivated and energetic in the matter and to remove mental blockades. But what is also necessary is the right structure!
1. Process with structure
This can be due to the fact that new ideas and aspects are constantly being brought into the process and everything is mixed up. Then the barrel is always opened again and the search process restarted. Instead of creating and developing a job project from an attractive job idea, a new idea emerges.
For example: "I could also do XY ..." - and is pursued immediately enthusiastic. The just yet interesting idea is simply left for it. Problem: The process has no structure.
2. Homemade hurdles
Other people imagine themselves a leg, not thinking about how much time they want to give themselves up to their decision. Some think that the thing is finished in a few weeks, then they are frustrated because it does not work, and they throw the shotgun into the grain.
And others are looking for jobs for many months or even years - losing sight and / or energy, causing the process to silt up. Problem: No schedule.
3. Every complex problem needs a structure
So: Every complex project needs clear structures and a timetable!
- Before I start working on my job development, I have to know HOW I want to do it. Which questions and topics do I want to start with? In what steps do I want to work my way to the decision? In my book Now butter with the fish! I recommend that you divide the process into five phases - from determining your position, to dealing with your own interests, to making decisions.
- The most important structures also include very practical considerations: My project first needs a job. Optimal is a desk with a whiteboard or whiteboard, where my work and brainstorming results can hang and lie. If the space is missing, of course, a kitchen table is okay - and a cabinet wall or door can be declared to the work surface. What is important is that what I'm working on is not always disappearing in a drawer, but must remain visible, in order to stimulate me at any time.
- We can not miss a schedule. I have to think about how much time I have in my everyday life for my project. It makes sense if I take two appointments per week - maybe one to two hours on the evening of a weekday and a work session on the weekend. These dates must be blocked in my scheduler! If someone can afford these times, I suggest a flat rate of three months for the process until the decision. I advise every reorienter to set the date of the decision at the beginning. On the one hand, this is an important landmark that should give the project enough tailwind. And it reduces the pressure that many people make by demanding the final decision far too soon and far too often from themselves. And a timetable does not require it to be kept to its limits: if it turns out that more time is needed than it should be, the decision may also be to set a new date for it. Incidentally, of course, my schedule should hang in my work well visible!
4. Structure creates the space for new ideas
Not everyone responds enthusiastically when I put these "structural measures" to the heart. Some say that fun and creativity suffer badly from such plans, and would rather just get started and see where the process takes them.
I have - not least with myself - the experience that through meaningful plans and structures, the space is created to be creative and to come up with new ideas and solutions.
5. Lack of structure increases uncertainties
There are certainly people who really blossom in "creative chaos". For most of us, however, a lack of structures and plans is likely to increase insecurity and thus internal resistance.
A good plan is like a railing, where I can hold on and move along.
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