Simple Life Strategies https://simplelifestrategies.com Increase your wellbeing with smart strategies from Sydney Life Coach Zoe B Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:49:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 What to Do When You Can’t Find a Career That Ticks All The Boxes? https://simplelifestrategies.com/what-to-do-when-you-cant-find-a-career-that-ticks-all-the-boxes/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/what-to-do-when-you-cant-find-a-career-that-ticks-all-the-boxes/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2016 02:23:51 +0000 https://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7585

steve jobs career quote

So you’ve been trying to figure out your dream career for a while now and yet you just keep getting stuck?

Maybe you have an idea of what you want, it’s just that you can’t find ONE job or career that covers EVERYTHING!

There always seems to be a trade off…or something missing.

Maybe you have plenty of passions but you know that realistically they don’t meet the financial rewards that you’re looking for?

Maybe you have careers you’d love to go for, but you’re not up for going back to school and studying for three or four years?

Or maybe you have LOTS of careers where you like some parts of the role, but not all of it?

Confusing isn’t it?

If this sounds like you then there are a couple of roads you can take.

1. Multiple Careers

The first is to go for multiple careers instead of one.

What does this mean? Well it literally means that instead of having one, full time career, you do have the option to have two (or even more) part time careers.

This is a relatively new phenomenon, but one I’ve seen becoming more and more popular.

One of the benefits of having multiple careers, is that instead of trying to find one perfect career to meet all of your needs, you simply find two or more careers that cover everything.

So for example, if you’re super passionate about something that doesn’t necessarily pay very much (and wealth is important to you), then why not explore this passion part time or on weekends, while you work in another high paying role for the rest of the time?

When I was transitioning into my dream career, I had multiple careers for a while. I spent 3 days working in my advertising & marketing business while I started to build up my career coaching business.

The funny thing is – I remember really loving this combination! It meant that I had the financial security I craved from my advertising career but I also had the creative license to pursue something that I was truly passionate about.

The other thing I found rewarding about multiple careers is that, because you’re only doing something for 2-3 days – the frustrations that are often associated with that career in a full time role are less present.

This is because it’s less compounded when you’re only ever doing something for two or three days a week.

So if you have a career that has traditionally been in a full time capacity, that maybe you found fairly frustrating, then don’t discount trying this part time to see if it feels different when you have more space and time to focus on other things that you are passionate about.

2. Create your own career

The other option you have if you just can’t find a job or career that ticks ALL the boxes, is to create it yourself.

I guess this is kind of what I ended up doing in the end and it falls under the more entrepreneurial of the two options.

If you look at how entrepreneurs live, they are very rarely doing just one job, they’re usually wearing lots of hats (probably because many entrepreneurs are multi-passionate – you can read more about what it means to be multi passionate >>here).

The great thing about creating your own career is that you can design it exactly how you want.

Obviously sometimes there does need to be a bit of give and take, but when you’re creating your own entrepreneurial start up or freelance business, you always have the option to outsource those things that you don’t like doing.

A word of warning – if you don’t have a huge amount of capitol to invest initially then this may mean you have to do some things you don’t enjoy at the beginning until you get things off the ground, but know that down the track you have the option to outsource these things later on.

When I was setting up my own entrepreneurial business I was very clear that I didn’t want to get too heavily involved in the numbers side of things, and so I outsourced this to my husband pretty early on. Luckily for me, those spreadsheets that used to give me headaches from looking at them, are his absolute favourite thing to do in the world, so it worked out for everyone ☺

Another area I knew I didn’t want to focus too heavily on was the tech side of my business. As an online course creator, there is a fair bit of tech involved let me tell you! So this was the first thing I outsourced when I could afford it. And now I have someone on my books whose job it is to purely manage and fix all tech problems and this is just makes me SO HAPPY.

I guess the thing is, if I’d originally looked at my business and these aspects that I don’t love, then this could have stopped me pursuing something that is actually perfect for me.

Saying that, it was very clear that 80% of my business was VERY aligned to me: I just LOVED creating the program content, was obsessed with my subject matter of helping others to find their dream careers and loved writing for my blog. My background in marketing also helped a lot when it came to figuring out how to promote my business.

So if you do decide to go down this route, be sure to look ahead a little and notice which elements you could outsource down the track.

Regardless of which route you take, there’s one thing I know for sure and it’s this: there is always a way.

You’re dream career does exist; either it’s already out there (maybe in multiple careers) or maybe its patiently waiting to be created by yours truly.

So don’t waste another second my friend. Life is short. Get out there!

Tell me – which of these two routes resonated best with you? I’d love to hear in the comments below 🙂

With love

Zoe B

PS: Want a helping hand to find and do work you love? Join my free online Masterclass: Find a New Career in 30 Days. Register >>here.

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Don’t Make This Mistake in Your Career https://simplelifestrategies.com/dont-make-this-mistake-in-your-career/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/dont-make-this-mistake-in-your-career/#comments Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:38:19 +0000 http://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7574

Einstein genius quote

I’ve had a fair few careers in my time. Maybe you have too?

I once worked as a silver service waitress. I distinctly remember pouring piping hot gravy on a customers lap by mistake once. Damn was he not happy with me.

Another time I did door-to-door sales when I was backpacking in Australia…got called every name under the sun and had plenty of doors slammed in my face!

And then there was that time I did grape picking and got fired after 2 days! Ah the things we do eh.

It took me a while to figure out what I really wanted to do with my career, but all the while there were clues. Little nuggets I learned from each job.

I have to say though, one of the biggest AHA moments I had was this:

If it’s an effort to fit in, then this probably isn’t the one for you honey (your dream job I mean).

If I look back at all the jobs I totally sucked at, I can clearly see this pattern – I always felt like I had to try to fit in; it was an effort.

This was definitely the case with Advertising – I mean there were elements where I fitted in…I always gelled with the creatives, but in the boardroom? I was like a fish out of water there. I always felt on edge. The whole corporate life was just never really ME.

And I guess this is the point – when something IS you – you just know it.

Can I tell you what I love most about my business now?

I get to work in my yoga gear…or pajamas…or bikini (which is what I’m wearing right now as I type this in sunny Bali).

I get to work from wherever the hell I want (aka Poolside in Bali).

I get to work the hours I want (if I’m not feeling it, I’ll take a break and watch Netflix for a bit).

And all of this just feels so natural to me!

I never liked hiking in to work in 6 inch heels and tight fitting office attire.

I never liked being chained to a desk for 10 hours a day, not able to move my body around at all.

I never liked having to work from an office 24/7, it just felt constrictive to me.

And all of these things I never liked were signals that this just wasn’t the place for me. I’m way more comfortable in a pair of yoga leggings and flip flops.

Now that makes me feel FREE!

So I guess what I’m trying to say is that you have to listen to those little nuggets when you get them. And don’t get me wrong – there are plenty of people who absolutely LOVE all of those things that I hate.

Some people get off presenting to 12 people in a boardroom! Some people just love getting dressed up to go to work and the buzz of the commute.

There really is no right or wrong answer, only what’s right for YOU.

But look out for those little moments where you feel like a fish out of water.

As Einstein once said:

“Everyone is Genius. But if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it would spend it’s whole life believing it was stupid.”

Whenever my husband tries to explain the numbers of my business to me, I always jokingly say: “I’m like the fish trying to climb a tree!”.

Ie. This is NOT my zone of genius, Numbers is not where I fit in. I feel like I’m in another country and don’t know the language! Better to leave that to someone else.

So know this. If you feel like you don’t fit in right now then that’s ok. That feeling is just a torch pointing you in another direction. It means that you DO fit in somewhere else and all you gotta do is find that place.

And trust me my friend, if you keep looking, you will find it.

Tell me – in what situations do you feel like a fish climbing a tree? ie totally out of your depth and not in your zone of genius? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

With Love

Zoe B

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How to Change Careers When You Have No Experience https://simplelifestrategies.com/how-to-change-careers-when-you-have-no-experience/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/how-to-change-careers-when-you-have-no-experience/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:55:59 +0000 http://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7556

do what you love

So you want to change careers but there’s one very big hurdle holding you back.

You’re just not qualified! I mean how on earth can you change careers when you only know how to do your current role?

I get it.

Changing careers can feel really daunting and overwhelming.

It feels like you’re at the bottom of Everest without a map!

The good news is, you don’t necessarily need a whole tonne of experience or qualifications to change careers.

In-fact, traditional qualifications are becoming less and less of a requisite and more people than ever are changing careers multiple times throughout their lives.

As Thomas Edison once said: “Genius is 99% perspiration, 1% inspiration.”

The truth is, qualities like resilience, tenacity and hard work are often more important than qualifications when it comes to changing careers.

And before you shirk away from some good old hard work, consider this – if you’re currently in a job that isn’t fulfilling you, then you’re already having to work hard right?

When we’re in a role that’s not drawing on our natural strengths or allowing us to play form our zone of genius, this is when EVERYTHING feels like hard work.

Have you ever noticed that? How when you’re doing something that doesn’t come naturally to you there is SO MUCH struggle?

The reality is, the only way to eliminate ongoing struggle from your work is to find and do work that you really love; work that allows you to express your natural talents.

And so…we’re back to changing careers again aren’t we?

I guess the point I’m trying to make here is that, YES it will be hard work to change careers, but nowhere near as hard as staying in a job that you hate for the rest of your life. So I guess the choice is yours ☺

OK pep talk over. Now onto the practicalities…so how the heck do you change careers with zero experience or qualifications?

Here are a few simple tips…

Simple Life Strategy: How to Change Careers When You Have No Experience

1. Define your zone of genius

If you’re going to go to the effort of changing careers then it’s super important you choose something that aligns with your natural strengths. So it fits then, that you need to know what these strengths are! Definitely start by identifying your strengths and your unique ability. We all have something that we can do really well, that others struggle with. The challenge is to find yours!

2. Find Careers that match your zone of genius

Next you need to find career options that align with your natural strengths. In my Career Change program, I share alot of online tools and databases to help you find out about careers that you didn’t even know existed! It’s a great way to get excited about new options and find new careers. (if you’d like to use one of these online tools, join my Find a New Career in 30 Days Free online Masterclass where I walk you through exactly how to use my favourite career database tool for free. This tool helps you find out about tonnes of new career options. You can register >here.)

3. Choose one career option and get educated

Once you have found a career that aligns well with your natural strengths and passions then it’s time to dive a little deeper. You need to find out what skills and experience is necessary within this role. Look online for job descriptions or interviews with people who have worked in this field. Then find examples in your own background that match (note: for example if you wanted to switch over from being a project manager to becoming a freelance writer – you would simply find examples where you had been a writer in your project manager role).

4. Create the experience yourself!

Don’t have ANY experience whatsoever in the career you want to get into? No problem! Then it’s time to create some. Simply try getting the experience for free in evenings or weekends. Some examples:

• Want to be a writer? Start a blog or offer to guest write for online publications
• Want to be a relationship coach? Offer to coach a few friends for free on the weekends to see how well you can help them
• Want to work in TV? Offer yourself up as an intern on weekends
• Want to work in the health food industry? Start your own market stall on the weekends and sell your home baked health foods.
• Want to be a personal trainer? Offer to train a few friends on the weekends first and see what results you get

Not only does this give you experience in the field, it also gives you a chance to test-drive the career to see if you like it before you jump!

When I first arrived in Australia (from England) with only one year experience in Advertising looking for a sponsorship visa, I was initially met with a lot of resistance. The first recruiter I met with actually told me to book my flight home because I simply didn’t have enough experience. Did I book that flight? Hell no! It spurred me on to prove her wrong! What I did was offer my services FOR FREE so that the ad agencies could try me out before they sponsored me. Not only did this show my passion and enthusiasm for the business, it also showed them that I was tenacious and confident in my abilities. Guess what happened? I got hired, sponsored for 4 years and even got a promotion to the next pay bracket!

5. Consider a short course

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. While you may not want or need to go back to University, many career changes require a short course to get you qualified enough to get started. This is OK though, and often these courses can be taken part time alongside your existing role. For example one of my private clients decided to move into HR from project management. All he had to do was a short conversion course to qualify and he’s now happily working in HR. So be sure to find out if you can take a short course to help you become more qualified.

And there you have it – a few easy ways you can change careers even if you have ZERO qualifications!

Honestly, what I’ve shared with you here is just a slice of what’s required to change careers so if you want to know the whole shebang, then be sure to come along to my Free Online Masterclass: Find a New Career in 30 Days. Due to popular demand, I’m running them again and if you missed them last time, you can register >here.

This free Masterclass is an opportunity for you to take the first step towards changing careers, so why not take it (instead of ruminating some more about what to do next!).

And if you have friends or family who are miserable in their jobs then definitely invite them along too! The more the merrier ☺

Register >>here

I would love to know in the comments below what career you have always dreamed of doing? Share below!

LOVE
Zoe B

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Meet Nathan. He Quit his Successful Law Career to Make Art Out of LEGO https://simplelifestrategies.com/meet-nathan-he-quit-his-successful-law-career-to-make-art-out-of-lego/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/meet-nathan-he-quit-his-successful-law-career-to-make-art-out-of-lego/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:06:45 +0000 http://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7542

lego artist

Meet Nathan.

He quit a successful career in corporate law to follow his passion for Lego bricks.

Sounds crazy but it’s true.

You might be wondering ‘How the heck did he do that?’

Well, like many dream careers, he started off by simply following his passion.

“After a long day in the law firm, I needed some kind of outlet. I would draw, paint and one day I thought maybe I can sculpt using lego bricks!”. He says.

Nathan took his passion and created a website so he could show others his art. When he started to get so many visitors on his site that it crashed, he clearly remembers making a decision to go for it:

“I left the law firm behind, to play with bricks full time!”

But it wasn’t always a smooth ride. Instead of supporting him on his journey to fulfill his dreams, Nathan was surprised by the reaction from those around him.

“The reaction from friends & family was interesting”, said Nathan. “There were some people who were a little negative about it and thought I was crazy.”

Like most innovators, it took a while for everybody else to catch on to the genius in what he was doing.

Nathan’s journey is an incredible one where he followed his passion, intuition and dreams, and it paid off.

He chose not to listen to the naysayers and instead to listen to his own inner voice and be led by doing work that he LOVED.

This is possible for everyone. Perhaps not always in as dramatic a way as this, but it really is possible.

And as Nathan points out:

“You don’t have to find one career path, there are many ways to get to where you wanna go.”

So if you have something that you have been doing in your spare time, a hobby or passion that you just LOVE doing, why not do some more of it? See where it leads? Follow the white rabbit down the rabbit hole…you never know where it might lead.

But you won’t know if you don’t try.

Watch Nathan’s story here (it’s only 3 minutes long):

Hey, what are your biggest PASSIONS in life? Tell me in the comments, I’d love to know 🙂

With love,

Zoë B

PS Don’t have any passions? Oh yes you do. And I’ll teach you how to find yours for free in my new Masterclass: Discover Your Key Passions. Simply register for free >>here.

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How to Innovate Like Steve Jobs https://simplelifestrategies.com/how-to-innovate-like-steve-jobs/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/how-to-innovate-like-steve-jobs/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:07:57 +0000 http://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7523

innovation quote

Here’s a small fact you may not know about me.

When I was at university in London (a wee while ago now ☺) I was a student of Innovation Studies.

We looked at how different cultures innovate, what breeds innovation and what stifles innovation.

It was fascinating stuff.

Before I share with you one of the most interesting things I learned about Innovation, and how Steve Jobs himself, took advantage of this little-known fact to turn Apple into one of the biggest global companies of all time…let’s talk about why innovation is important.

Innovation & Self Expression

In my opinion, the process of innovating, of creating something new, is an intrinsic part of your self-expression as a human being.

And as human beings, self-expression is a core determinant of our intrinsic level of happiness. What this means is, if we’re not expressing our unique talents, gifts, and abilities in some way, we are stunting our own personal growth, which can result in a distinct feeling of being ‘stuck in a rut.’

Innovation & Hardships

Here’s the interesting thing about innovation – it’s born out of our difficulties. And in-fact, it’s very difficult to innovate when everything is going well.

Because when we’re kicking all of our goals, it becomes rather easy to get complacent…there’s no urgent need for us to think up new ideas or new ways of doing things.

Ultimately, we get lazy.

It’s only when the shit hits the fan, that we are forced to innovate, to find another way of doing things.

Did you know that the industrial revolution was born out of the great depression? Some of the last century’s most innovative discoveries like the steam engine and the automobile were born out of a nation-wide depression!

The truth is, many of the most successful companies and products in the world, were launched during recessions.

Steve Jobs, Apple & Innovation

In 2001, during an economic downturn, Apple launched their first version of the iPod. Not only were they launching a product that completely disrupted all competing music devices, but they were also entering a completely new market! Before 2001, Apple was only known in the Computing industry – they had no experience in the music industry.

The point is, this: when we’re on struggle-street, we’re highly motivated to get a little bit more creative than usual. It’s like ‘do or die.’

And I think we’ve all been in this kind of situation before…we get frustrated because something doesn’t work very well. And this frustration fuels our desire to create a better version.

In-fact did you know that the only reason Apple even decided to create a portable music device was because their tech team randomly discovered how poor all of the existing portable music players were? On cue, Steve Jobs asked his top tech guy to see if Apple could do better.

And hence the iPod was born…during a recession and out of necessity to improve the poor products that already existed.

SO. MANY. SUCCESSFUL. BUSINESSES and CAREERS are born this way.

If something isn’t working for you, then guess what? Fix it! Find another way!

Innovation & My Business

I have seen this with the development of my own business for sure. I became so annoyed with the lack of strategic thinking around how to find and do work that you love, that I felt compelled to create my own process.

It just bothered me too much to do nothing about this. And so my frustration became a powerful motivational force to propel me forward to create something better.

The thing that excites me most about this notion that innovation is fuelled by challenges is that it helps you to face your problems in a more positive, constructive way.

Now, when I hit a road bump or a hurdle, instead of allowing it to drag me down into the doldrums, I remind myself that this is an opportunity to innovate! This challenge is a blessing in disguise because it will give me the kick up the bum to find another way.

And only by finding another way, do we create something that no one else has done…which in turn allows us to express ourselves in a unique way.

And thus…the cycle of innovation and self-expression is complete.

And we feel good for a moment. Until the next challenge that is ☺

How can you take a problem that you’re facing right now and use it to innovate? I would LOVE to hear in the comments below so don’t be shy ☺

With love & innovation,
Zoe B

PS Did you come along to my NEW workshop yet? It’s 100% free and you can register to ‘Discover your Key Passions’ >>here. Who knows it may even spur you on to get a little innovative ☺

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Is it Irresponsible to Follow Your Passion? https://simplelifestrategies.com/is-it-irresponsible-to-follow-your-passion/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/is-it-irresponsible-to-follow-your-passion/#respond Thu, 23 Jun 2016 01:00:25 +0000 http://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7482

Is it irresponsible to follow your passion

You dream of throwing in the towel and pursuing what you really love!

You want to unleash your zone of genius, and know that you’re doing the work you were born to do.

And yet, there’s a distinct, nagging part of you that feels like it would just be too irresponsible to stop what you’re doing and follow your passion.

I mean c’mon! At your age! You’ve got mouths to feed and bills to pay! Don’t be ridiculous. Get real. It’s just not practical.

Sound familiar?

I was chatting to a lovely man about this the other day and he confessed that he really wanted to devote the time & resources to following his passion and finding his dream career, but he just felt like this would be the irresponsible thing to do.

I get it. Especially if you’re changing careers mid-life.

When you have commitments and a family to provide for, it can feel so hard to invest in yourself and your own happiness.

And yet this is the exact moment when you must do something about it.

Here’s why.

I would argue that the most irresponsible thing you can do for your family is to provide a poor role model for them. Kids grow up looking to YOU for inspiration. They want to be LIKE YOU.

And if you’re miserable in a job you hate, then guess what? That’s what they will think is possible for them too.

I see this so much, especially with parents.

But really, it’s all an illusion. There seems to be an unspoken rule, especially for parents, that we don’t deserve to invest time or money in ourselves – everybody else is much more important.

This is a nasty little trap my friends. And it will leave you feeling bitter, resentful and miserable.

Here’s something to ponder.

What do you think your kids want for you, more than anything in the world?

They want you to be happy of course. Because when you’re happy, they’re happy,

And everyone can relax.

The opposite is true if you are stressed. Because more than likely, your family will get the raw end of the deal when you’re worried and uninspired.

And it’s not your fault, we can’t help but affect others when we’re stressed and unhappy – because it makes us show the most ugly parts of ourselves.

We get short tempered, we get frustrated and we snap at our loved ones. Not because we don’t love them, but just because they are there. And we can’t help it.

This has to stop. And it all starts by taking responsibility for your own happiness.

Did you ever think about it that way?

I believe we all have a responsibility to be happy. And I don’t mean, we just flick the happiness switch on and off. I mean we have to work at it. Because happiness is not a constant thing, it’s something that comes and goes based on how we choose to live; our decisions ultimately create our own happiness.

And doing work that you love is so intrinsically linked with happiness, because we spend so much damn time at work! We’re at work for two thirds of our lives! That’s the majority of our time. So we need to make it count.

In-fact we have a responsibility to make it count. We owe it to those around us, those who look up to us as role models (be that friends, family or children).

And more than anything, we owe it to ourselves. Because when we get to the end of our lives, these are the questions we’ll ask ourselves.

  • Did I spend my life wisely?
  • Did I contribute positively?
  • Did my life have meaning?

I’m not saying any of this is easy, because it’s not. But it’s better to think about these things now….before another decade slips by and it’s too late.

And remember, you don’t have to throw in the towel in order to follow your passion. You don’t have to just quit your job and sacrifice your financial security. There are ways in which you can follow your passion, while still meeting your family obligations.

Something to consider hey?

So how can you inch towards your dream career today? How can you be the role model that your loved ones really need? How can you take one small step towards taking responsibility for your own happiness?

Because, great things start from humble beginnings and someone wise once said:

“A journey of a thousand miles always starts with a single step.”

So take that first step today.

With love

Zoe B

PS: Due to popular demand, I’m running my free ‘Find a New Career in 30 Days’ online Masterclass again. If you didn’t catch it yet, I’d love you to come along. I’m running them at a few different times. You can register >>here.

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How to Escape the Comparison Trap – with Cassie Mendoza Jones https://simplelifestrategies.com/how-to-escape-the-comparison-trap-with-cassie-mendoza-jones/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/how-to-escape-the-comparison-trap-with-cassie-mendoza-jones/#respond Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:50:08 +0000 http://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7457

Cassie Mendoza Jones Interview

Have you ever fallen into the trap of comparing yourself to others?

Maybe you wish you were further ahead in your business, life, relationship or career?

It can be so easy to look at others and feel like they’ve got it all sorted out, when the truth is, we’re all just finding our own way.

From the outside looking in, it may look like someone has it all, but this is rarely the case. In-fact often the people we admire the most, have put in 10 years of effort to get to where they are now, and yet we still compare ourselves to them when we’re first starting out.

The point is, we make unrealistic comparisons that can hold us back in life. Which is why I was super excited to chat to Hay House author, Cassie Mendoza Jones about how we can avoid forfeiting our dreams, by getting stuck in this deadly comparison trap.

This topic is important because every time we doubt ourselves when we see someone else doing better, we move one step further away from our dreams and two steps closer to overwhelm and burn out.

In our in-depth video interview, Cassie explains how we can step away from comparisons and into our own power, to live the life we always dreamed of.

Watch our video interview to learn:

  • Some simple tips you can use right away to stop you from wasting precious time comparing yourself to others
  • How to find balance and still achieve wildly successful goals at the same time
  • Cassie’s secret sauce behind finding balance in her own life, including how she managed to find the time to write her first book without getting overwhelmed, stressed out or burned out (this IS possible for everyone!)

Watch my interview with Cassie Mendoza Jones here.

Tell me – how have you stopped yourself from falling into the comparison trap? Leave a comment below 🙂

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Did you learn something new from this interview? Share the love!

With love

Zoë B

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F**k it! Do What You Love – John C Parkin Interview https://simplelifestrategies.com/fk-it-do-what-you-love-john-c-parkin-interview/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/fk-it-do-what-you-love-john-c-parkin-interview/#comments Mon, 23 May 2016 05:24:42 +0000 http://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7432

John C Parkin Interview

Are you doing what you love? And if not, then why?

Today I’m talking with International Hay House author, John C Parkin about how you can do what you love.

John is the founder of the F**k it philosophy and he shares with me just why those to words (eff it!) are so powerful, including some fascinating research to prove it.

This interview will leave you laughing out loud and fully motivated to get out there and do more of what you love in your life and career.

Watch our video interview to find out:

  • How you can be successful from doing what you love (there’s a simple explanation for how this works)
  • The secret to loving what you already do
  • How to find the time to figure out what you’re passionate about and start doing what you love TODAY!

Watch my interview with John C Parkin here.

Tell me – what has stopped you from doing what you love? Leave a comment below 🙂

Know someone who’s always effing and blinding? Share this interview with them! I’m sure they will be glad to hear how swearing is as useful as half an hour of meditation 🙂

And…the more people who are doing what they love, the better!

With love

Zoë B

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8 Tips to Be Productive When you’re Overwhelmed https://simplelifestrategies.com/7-top-tips-to-be-productive-when-youre-overwhelmed/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/7-top-tips-to-be-productive-when-youre-overwhelmed/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 03:12:54 +0000 http://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7412

work smarter not harder quote

Is your head swimming with so much information that you find it hard to make every day decisions?

Do you find yourself with so many tasks that your to-do list is always full?

Are you so tired by the end of the day that you collapse in a crumpled heap of exhaustion?

Welcome to the Information Age.

You might think that having the Internet at our fingertips is a form of empowerment, but it comes at a price. We now have such an enormous amount of information to process on a daily basis that it’s causing us to burn out.

Shadow work

Take shadow work. Work that used to be done for us, now has to be done by us. We now book our own holiday itineraries, our own plane tickets, we even scan and bag our own shopping in the supermarket! These tasks all require energy and brain-power that see us depleting our natural reserves faster.

Too much tech

The diffusion of technology is only adding to the overwhelm. 20 years ago there was no need to learn how to use a new mobile phone, yet it’s now commonplace to learn new phone software on an annual basis. Technology is demanding more from us and where we once were able to focus on one task at a time, we’re now finding ourselves regularly multi-tasking. We now watch TV while surfing the net and having a conversation at the same time.

Multitasking

The problem is that multi-tasking is an illusion. The brain is not actually capable of doing more than one thing at once, so when we feel like we’re multi-tasking what’s actually happening is, we’re quickly switching form one task to another. This constant switching uses more brain-power, tiring us out faster and resulting in dips in productivity.

Too many decisions

Add to all of this, the illusion of choice. We have access to so much information that we’re forced to make more decisions. The problem is that decisions don’t’ come for free. We can only make a certain number of decisions each day, based on the amount of glucose that is required to feed the decision making process. Interestingly, the brain doesn’t differentiate between insignificant decisions and important life-changing decisions. Super productive people know this, which is why Steve Jobs was well known for wearing the same black turtle neck jumper every day in a row, and why Barrack Obama sticks to only blue or black suits. It simply frees them up from having to make more unnecessary, unimportant decisions so that they can use their glucose supplies to feed the decisions that matter.

No breaks

You would think that seeing as we have so much more stimulation, information and choices to deal with, we would counteract this by taking more breaks? Unfortunately, no. There still seems to be a stigma associated with the notion of taking a break; this must mean we are lazy! The reality is that breaks are required to make us more productive. We need them! Just take a look at high demand jobs like Air Traffic Control or interpreting for the United Nations. If you work in either of these areas, you will be forced to take mandatory breaks every two hours. And when I say ‘break’, I mean break. That means no checking Facebook or emails, or text messages. It means no stimulation – something that we are becoming less and less accustomed to!

So what can we do to combat this overwhelm & exhaustion?

The research has shown that daydreaming, short naps and meditation are some of the best ways to rest the brain and increase productivity levels. Daydreaming is such a natural state that it re-fuels the brain and therefore energy levels. A 15 minute nap in the day time is the equivalent to an hour and a half of sleep at night.

Externalize to reduce overwhelm

Another simple way to reduce that to-do list and take some of the stress away from the brain is by ‘externalizing’. This simply means removing those pesky ‘to do’ items from your head and putting them down on paper or even better, using a piece of technology to get them done. The use of an online calendar is a great way to do this; be sure to book all meetings and reminders in your computer so you don’t have to think about them. Another favorite (used by my hubby all of the time), is to use the alarms on your phone to remind you of what needs to be done and when. This relieves the brain from having too much to remember and frees up space to devote to the important things.

Type less, talk more

If you spend a lot of time typing, then try using a voice to text application. This means instead of you doing the typing, you can simply speak your ideas into a device and it will be typed up for you! Google Docs on your computer and Voice memo’s on your i-phone are great tools for this.

‘Not to do’ list

Something else that I love to do is have a ‘Not to do’ list. Or I’ll simply look at my to do list and cross a bunch of things off! Often we can load up our plates with too many tasks that aren’t really necessary. So consider what can you cross of your list and do at a later time? How are you making your life unnecessarily hard? Simply make it easier! Cross some things off! It’s YOUR to do list after-all – you decide what gets done and what’s not really that important.

Outsource

Another important one is to get some help. Don’t try and do everything yourself. If you’re in the process of finding a new career then maybe hire a cleaner this week so you can focus on that. And if you don’t have the budget to outsource, look to your network and barter! What skills can you offer to someone else for help with something you need? Or even negotiate with your partner. Let them know that this is a really busy month for you and can they help you out and you’ll make it up to them next month. Also look to find technology tools to help you deal with menial things.

Tap into your productivity rhythms

One more tip that I use ALL THE TIME is to only work when you’re naturally productive. Instead of forcing yourself to come with ideas when you’re exhausted, look for your personal productivity patterns. When do you naturally have energy? Use that to your advantage. I find people tend to be either morning people or night-time people, so figure out which one you are and work it. If you’re a morning bunny, then get up an hour earlier and see how much you get done. If you’re a night owl, then don’t drag yourself out of bed, instead sleep in for an hour and work that little bit later.

At the end of the day, it’s not about working harder, it’s about working smarter 🙂

 

Simple Life Strategy: 8 Tips to be Productive When You’re Overwhelmed

 

  1. Take regular breaks. Stop working non-stop. It’s not productive. Schedule in regular breaks. And that means no tech! Take a short nap, meditate or daydream.
  1. Stop multi-tasking. It doesn’t work. Instead do one thing at a time in a focussed manner.
  1. Refrain from wasting too much time on menial decisions. This will steal all of the glucose you need for the important stuff. Get into the habit of making small decisions quickly.
  1. Get out of your head. The minute you remember you have a task to do, get it straight out of your head and either on your ‘to do’ list, or into your online diary. The sooner it’s out of your brain, the sooner you’ll stop thinking about it and waste valuable resources!
  1. Type less, talk more. Try using Apple’s voice memos on the iphone (convert voice memos into an email) or use the Google Docs voice to text capability. This means you use less energy
  1. Lighten your load. Instantly reduce overwhelm by having a ‘not to do list’ or simply cross off some things from your list! No one will die if you don’t get everything done today!
  1. Get help. Stop trying to do everything on your own! Call on your network. Ask for help. Outsource. People want to help you, you just need to ASK.
  1. Tap into your productivity rhythms. If you’re a night owl, don’t drag yourself up at the crack of dawn! Notice when you’re naturally most productive and schedule those times to work on your most important work.

Now you go get em! No excuses!

Right I’m off to take my own advice, and take a break!

With love,

Zoe B

PS: Know someone who gets overwhelmed every now and then? Share this article with them! It might help 🙂

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Too Tired to Job Hunt? https://simplelifestrategies.com/too-tired-to-job-hunt/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/too-tired-to-job-hunt/#respond Thu, 21 Apr 2016 02:10:34 +0000 http://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7405

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone

Let me guess? You know you should be looking for another job but it’s just too hard!!

You know you have way more to offer than what you’re currently doing…but just how the heck do you find the time or energy to find something new?? Where would you start?

And besides, you may not LOVE your job, but at least you know what you’re in for…at least it feels comfortable. May as well put up with it for now.

Sound familiar?

I get it. I really do.

Even though logically, staying in a job that makes you feel utterly miserable is a ludicrous thing to do, nonsensical even, often it seems like the safest and easiest thing to do.

And that’s why 70% of us do it. Yup, a massive 70% of people, are in jobs they dislike. Can you believe that?

So why the hell do we do it?

It’s simple. As human beings, we’re hardwired to avoid pain. And there is nothing more painful than stepping out into the unknown. It’s terrifying.

This is why even though we may not like our current situation, the familiarity of it feels comfortable to us. This is why we stay.

The thing is, it’s all a big fat illusion. Because are we any safer? Are we really any more comfortable?

No of course not! It just feels like we are.

And it’s this illusion of comfort that results in us getting stuck in a rut for much longer than we ever intended. We make excuses: “I don’t have the time!”, “I’m too tired to job hunt,” “I may as well just stay doing what I’m doing.”

And before long, we’ve frittered away years, decades even, until one day we wake up and inquire “How the hell did I end up here? THIS wasn’t the grand plan?”

If any of this sounds familiar to you at all, then I would urge you to make today different. Instead of allowing your circumstances to dictate your life, take control. YOU choose what you do for work. YOU choose if you follow your passion or stay in a humdrum job for another five years. YOU choose. It’s just that simple.

And let me share a secret with you. Every single person who took the leap to find a new career has said the same thing to me: “I wish I did it sooner.” Or “I don’t know what I was waiting for!”

So jump off the cliff, my friend. The water’s lovely ☺

And if you’re teetering on the edge of the cliff, one foot on the ground, while the other trepidatiously dangles over the edge…here are five simple ways to help you take that leap, because life begins at the end of your comfort zone ☺

Simple Strategy: 5 Ways to Take the Leap Towards a Job you LOVE!

  1. Re-evaluate just how safe & comfortable your current job is. How can something that is making you miserable be comfortable? It’s an oxymoron.
  1. Let go of your excuses. We all have the same number of hours in a day. If you really wanted to find the time or energy, you could. You’re just not prioritizing. I know refugees who have found the time to get a degree while working three other jobs on the side. You can find the time to spend an hour or tow each week on this if you really want to.
  1. Use fear to motivate you (instead of paralyzing you). Ask yourself: “If I went into the future ten years from now and I was still doing this job, how would I feel?” If you’re left feeling miserable, then you know it’s time to make the jump.
  1. Be rational. Ask yourself “What’s the worst that could happen if I tried something new?” and “Could I handle that happening?” You are more resilient that you know, and often the fear its-self is worse than the actuality.
  1. Remind yourself that 80% of fears don’t happen. So the chances of your fears coming true are very slim indeed and therefore you are planning your life based on an illusion.

Now stop reading and start leaping! What ONE thing you can do right now to get you closer to your new career? Go do it!

With love

Zoe B

P.S. Know someone who’s stuck in a rut? Share this article with them 🙂

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