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Do you remember the last time you actually closed down your computer only to realize how many open documents and unfinished business you have? Or do you remember the five new business books you ordered from Amazon and when you wanted to dive into them after the first few pages you got a call and then, did you follow up on that?

I laugh at myself when I look through old diaries or notes that I have taken 10 years ago or even longer. I see that my essential challenges are still the same. They boil down to finances, back pain and imposture syndrome. On a bad day, I will probably fall into the trap of telling myself the same story all over again. I also notice that nowadays when I maintain my weekly “sanity rituals” I get out of that self-talk with my inner monster Gollum a lot faster. (I decided to call my inner critic “Gollum” because deep down inside I believe that I am Bilbo Baggins’ granddaughter.)

Do you still believe that it is the agenda and influence of your manager, the loud colleague from the other end of the open plan office or your wife that stop you from completing projects?

On the surface, it is easy to blame others for what we don’t do or don’t achieve. I find it wonderful to use the “I cannot afford it” excuse in order not to invest in my education or in new clothes for example.

When you say “I do”, how can you keep yourself on track?

Here are four approaches to improve your commitment to projects that are important to you.

1) The Engineering Approach

  • Prioritize your projects with an easy classifier such as ABC.
  • Set a deadline for the overall completion.
  • Break down the projects into milestones.
  • Write a project plan that breaks down every milestone into a task and plan time for completion.
  • Do it and tick off every achievement on a daily basis.

 

2) The People Approach

  • Visualize the end result and paint a detailed picture of it.
  • Add post-it notes of people you see connected to this end vision.
  • Consider which role they will play in your end vision.
  • Reach out to them and let them know that you need their help.
  • Find two commitment buddies who will check in with you on your success and report to them on a weekly basis.

 

3) The Agile Approach

  • Focus on one project at the time
  • Pick the one that has the highest lever for you.
  • Work from the bottom up by defining what you would like to achieve in the next three weeks (“sprint”).
  • Spend 80% of your work time on this sprint.
  • Then take a week of reflection, check what worked and what didn’t and take a long weekend off.

 

4) The No-Pain, No-Gain Approach

  • Pick a skill that you would like to have and that you always avoid.
  • Invest an incredible amount of money in order to force yourself to commit (an example could be a personal trainer to follow your fitness routine, or an MBA or a course in Excel).
  • Tell your mother about it and see what happens.

 

I would suggest that you try to work with the approach that speaks to you most. Whichever approach you take you will probably notice that you are committing yourself to DOING rather than just THINKING ABOUT DOING.

What I’ve thought about before writing this was that I would like to share a secret with you. I took an important decision for next year. I’ve applied to a Masters programme in “International Human Resource Management and Global Mobility”. While the thought of spending two intensive weeks with GM Professionals from around Europe totally excites me, I also feel anxiety creeping in as I have graduated back in 97 and universities have changed a fair bit since then. It’s one thing to teach in a program and another to actually go through it yourself. I’m also considering an additional coaching education that will require funding and time. Imagine me running my business and doing a double degree in one year. I’m taking a mix of a no-pain, no-gain approach and a people approach here. Step 1 completed.

Have an inspired week!

Angie


Guest Post by Uma Campbell


Graduation day has come and gone, and thousands of new grads around the world are now on the job hunt. While the job market is still highly competitive, new grads have the benefit of finding work in an increasingly global market. This means that there job prospects go beyond just the local listings but now graduates can easily access job opportunities from all over the globe. Many top careers are in demand all over the world, so new graduates looking for a chance to progress their career internationally can find job positions in cities and countries wherever they may desire. Here are some top careers that can take you around the globe:

Engineer – Engineering careers are in high demand all over the world and in many different fields of engineering. From petroleum engineers to architectural engineers, the field is growing rapidly with job openings always popping up for entry-level positions. The field is also known for being one of the highest paid positions especially for new graduates. Recent graduates looking to work in the field of engineering in any aspect will likely find positions available all over the world.

Physical Therapist- PTs are needed all over the world in both hospital settings and private practices. PTs help patients to recover from previous injuries to regain movement or manage pain. Many healthcare jobs are in demand globally and PTs are one of the most desired positions.

Registered Nurse- Many countries all over the world are experiencing a shortage in nurses. Thus the position is heavily in demand by many hospitals and many agencies are looking for newly graduated nurses to help supplement their staff. Although the average pay for nurses can vary between countries, positions are hardly scarce and new grads will usually be able to find openings at hospitals. A demand for private nurses also allows new grads opportunities to practice in their field and work internationally.

Statistician- Businesses are constantly in need of various kinds of financial analysts to help make important decisions and strategize. Statisticians help companies see patterns in profits and consumer spending. Their knowledge in reading such data can help executives figure out the best way to progress a company and become more successful. International companies, small startups and large corporations, are always looking for employees that can help foster their growth and statisticians are high in demand to help analyze data that can increase profits.

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Physician- Healthcare is one of the few industries that consistently see growth and demand year after year. Physicians in particular can find career opportunities all over the world. Although the road to becoming a physician can be demanding and involves several years of study, the career rewards in the end are tremendous. Opportunities to practice all over the world are plentiful and the earnings for new grads are typically higher than other healthcare positions.

Computer Analysts- As companies all over the world are reliant on technology and computers in their day-to-day operations, many organizations look to staff computer analysts and IT teams to help ensure that their technology is in top shape. It is no surprise that one of the best jobs for recent grads is working as a computer analyst. Computer analysts not only work to help with daily tech issues but also work with companies to make sure they are using their programs efficiently and effectively. They help organizations make sure they are using the best programs for their tasks. New graduates in this field will find that many companies are looking for freshly graduated students because of their up-to-date knowledge of programs and systems.

Teacher – Along with being considered one of the sexiest careers, teachers are one of the most in demand positions all over the world. From STEM teachers to English teachers, educators are needed in both city and rural settings as education becomes a priority for many countries looking to increase their citizens earning potentials.

Many of these positions are careers in the fields of STEM, but there are many other positions that are available for various other fields. Working internationally can be both a rewarding and challenging experience. New graduates should job at any opportunity they find to go abroad as it is a great way to advance their careers but also travel the world.

 

uma2Uma Campbell is a yoga instructor and freelance writer. She currently lives in Southern California. She enjoys writing about meditation, natural medicine, and home design.  Her interests include: home decor, yoga, and running. She also really loves crafting She has her own line of home-made jewelry. She lives alone with her cat and two turtles.