Career change and a new start: 5 tips for more structure!

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Idea-finding, planning, self-management and the overcoming of blockades: Everything important for professional reorientation. But worth nothing if the right structure is missing. 5 tips on how to find them. success

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Tom Diesbrock 84Tom Diesbrock is a psychologist, consultant, team developer and book author.


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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!

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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 immediately followed enthusiastically. The just interesting idea is simply left aside. 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!

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  • 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't get past a schedule. I really have to think about how much time I have for my project in everyday life. It makes sense if I take two appointments a week - maybe one to two hours on the evening of a weekday and a work block on the weekend. These appointments must be blocked in my scheduler! If someone can find this time, I suggest three months for the process to go to the decision. I advise every reorienter to determine the day of the decision right from the start. On the one hand, this is an important point of orientation that should give the project enough tailwind. And it reduces the pressure that many people put on themselves by asking them to make the final decision far too early and far too often. And a schedule does not require that it be adhered to by bend and break: If it turns out that more time than budgeted is necessary, the decision can also be to set a new date. By the way, my schedule should of course be clearly visible at my workplace!

4. Structure creates the space for new ideas

Not everyone reacts enthusiastically when I recommend these “structural measures” to them. Some people think 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 the "creative chaos". For most of us, a lack of structures and plans is more likely to increase uncertainty and thus internal resistance.

A good plan is like a railing, where I can hold on and move along.

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