Taking back control from your 9-5.

Hi readers, I have been silent for a while so it wouldn’t be right to start this post without a life update.

The last 6 months of my life has been quite interesting. I went from working for myself to working for a company. All choices I made deliberately however transitioning into a full time “9-5” has not been easy.

In case you’re curious, I did a masters in Management Consulting and within a few months of graduation I decided to give contracting as an independent consultant a go. This turned out to be an amazing experience.

I was stunned at the level of confidence my client had in me, truth be told when I sent my initial proposal I wasn’t sure what the response would be. It was one of those decisions I had to talk myself into. The fear of rejection was there but I reminded myself of one of my favourite quotes and decided to proceed anyway.

“Do not anticipate failure before you’ve been giving the opportunity to succeed.”

After coming to the conclusion that I was ready and more than equipped for this challenge, I hit send and the rest is history.

In my short time as a contractor I throughly enjoyed being able to manage my own time and having the ownership to make decisions that would benefit my client. The best part was working with a team who made me feel welcome and supported me throughout the project. It is rare for clients to make you feel like almost one of their own. Transition from a placement student to a paid consultant was interesting. In the process I developed a number of transferable skills that has been instrumental in my current role. I may dedicate another blog to explaining the challenges of transitioning from a student to a professional. To be honest I will most likely ask a few trusted professional to contribute their learnings to this as I am relatively a newbie and still transitioning . I’d love to know if this is something you’ll be interested in reading so feel free to leave a comment.

On to the topic of focus!

Judging by the title of this blog, you may have guessed that I’m about to dive into the woes of having a nine to five job. This is partially true but I want to make it clear that I am extremely grateful for my job (in case my boss is reading this 😂). Jokes aside, I believe having a stable 9-5 is something to be proud of.

In our era of “be your own boss” I am aware that we tend to look down on normal jobs. Being an entrepreneur has become the most desired occupation; whilst there is nothing wrong with entrepreneurship, I don’t agree with the negative rhetoric surrounding 9-5 jobs. For those who aspire to have there own businesses a 9-5 can be the perfect training ground for your future aspirations. And for those who are happy with working for someone else, this does not mean you lack drive to succeed. There are many levels to aspire to within your company. At the risk of going off a tangent, the real motivation behind this post stems from the difficulty to balance a 9-5 with other personal goals.

The last six months has felt like a revolving door, a constant cycle of waking up, going to work, weekends, waking up, going to work, weekends!!

For a creative individual like myself, having such monotonous routine can be extremely challenging. Although I like my job, I found that at the end of the day I had little to no energy to do anything else. It doesn’t help that I have to commute for an hour an a half everyday, the travel alone is enough to wear anyone down.

I stopped writing and working out became a complete myth; it wasn’t like I was ever a religious exercise fan but let’s just say my skipping rope is gathering dust. Music was my only escape as I started taken some much desired classes just as a stress reliever. Determined to get back control, I decided to get back to my love of reflection. Writing this post marks my journey to stopping the revolving door and getting some work life balance. There is a time for everything, a time to work, a time to play and a time to reflect.

If you’ve been feeling anything like me, hit the emergency stop button and take back control. I am starting this process by dedicating an hour to doing something I love after work. By that, I don’t mean chores. My “me time,” will be dedicated to my love for writing and other ongoing creative projects.

One of the creative projects, I am currently working on is turning my favourite quotes into frames for people to purchase for their homes. These words have been instrumental in helping me take a positive step in the right direction and I would love for it to have a similar impact on others. I believe my words serves as a message to those who can relate.

I will be creating a business page for you to purchase them. For now please take a look at some of my existing designs. If you would like to know more about them please contact me on Instagram

Until next time, remember introspection is a gift to those who act on their findings.