It can take years and years to figure out what you really want to do for the rest of your life, let alone how you go about embarking on that journey. So to make ends meet, you may need to pour all of your energy into a corporate job that you might not necessarily enjoy.
Here are some tips to help you make this transition:
Don’t take part in the tea-break complaining sessions
Try surrounding yourself with like-minded, positive people. Do this both in your job and outside of work. Gaining a strong group of friends that share your outlook on life can be invaluable to the transitional process.
Start a journal
This can be a great exercise to keep your motivation up in times when your job becomes stressful or even monotonous. Try to note down the positive things you see and experience. You can then reflect on all the positive things in your life, and you might realise that your job isn’t your whole world.
Learn to enjoy your commute
Try listening to positive music, podcasts or audiobooks to kick-start your creativity for the day ahead. If you don’t have a morning commute, make the most of your free time to do the same, or even take up a new hobby.
Speak to your boss
Inform your boss about your plans. Being open and honest can take a massive weight off your shoulders, and you might even find out that your company can support you in your future endeavours. They may offer you a sabbatical so you can truly figure out what you want to do, or start you on flexible hours so you can have more time working on your passion.
Figure out what an ideal week would be
How would you approach each day in your ideal environment? Can you see yourself being happier? Plan acts that you will enjoy throughout the week to make the most out of it. Your evenings are short, so make the most out of them!
Making a career change can be difficult. If you would like some help, try contacting a life coach near you.
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