How can you spend more time on what brings you joy?
Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC |
Have you ever gotten to the end of a long day at work and ended up lamenting to your spouse or friends how you don’t really like your job or whatever is filling the majority of your time?
My executive coaching clients frequently say:
I don’t like how I spend my time.
Here’s a solution.
Start actively designing your life to spend time on things that bring you joy.
Martha Beck, an internationally known life coach, recommends three steps to start:
1. Notice it. Notice what you are doing when you experience joy; make a list.
2. Narrow it. Once you have your list, begin to narrow it to activities that bring you greater joy than other activities on your list.
3. Name It. Name what is bringing you joy. Say it. Share it.
In my executive coaching process, I add:
4. Now Do what brings you joy.
Every day do one activity that brings you joy. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time. In fact, studies say you will be more successful at sustaining an activity if you add the activity to your day in small time blocks. For example, if reading makes you happy, spend 5-10 minutes reading. Small time blocks decrease the chance you will say “I don’t have time”.
What will you do to bring you joy? Start designing your life.
Stuck? Let me help with a supportive kickstart through #executivecoaching.