It’s been a long time since I have written anything; this has been mainly due to a lack of direction on my part.
I have been struggling for a little while now with where I want to go and what I want to do.
I have been an IT engineer for almost 30 years now, and to be honest I am getting sick of it. I have had enough, and would love to do something completely different. The trouble is, I have know idea what to do. So I must continue my career as an IT engineer to pay the bills.
Don’t get me wrong; I am very good at what I do, I just don’t enjoy it anymore. I lack the passion that I once had.
On a positive note, I am self-employed, so I can look for other options while I continue with my ‘real’ job.
20 years ago, I was very focused on what I wanted & where I wanted to go. I had a definite idea of what I wanted. As time has slipped by however, I never really got any closer to my dreams, and as such they have fallen by the wayside.
So in an attempt to get my life back on track I have decided to start taking some definite action and put some plans into place.
The starting point for that is this article, where I spell out for you my plan for finding direction in my life again.
So here we go:
- Start getting up half an hour before my family, so I can focus on my plan without any distractions. This may include:
- Writing an article for example
- Setting and reviewing personal & career goals
- Researching ideas
- Identifying my limitations for what is stopping me from moving forward
- Putting together action plans to achieve my goals
- Put it all in writing. – This is where I probably went wrong 20 years ago. I knew what I wanted; I just didn’t put it all in writing. Having your goals in writing tends to make you a little more accountable.
- Create daily to do lists. – This can be done the night before, so as not to waste my time during my 30 minutes I have first thing in the morning.
- Create a “Not-to-do List” – This is so I can focus on what I should be doing rather than wasting time playing games, watching TV, and other non-productive tasks.
- Take time each evening to review my day, and write down all those things that I have managed to achieve.
- Share my thoughts, ideas and goals with a like-minded friend or family member (In my case, my wife). – This will again help keep me accountable and on track.
- Get involved with other successful people and share ideas and thoughts. – This may be difficult at first, but not impossible.
- Spend at least half a day per week on my new endeavors, so in time I can spend less time on my IT Engineering.
- Spend time studying success principles, such as Goal Setting, Time Management, Marketing, etc.
I will add to this list over time, but I believe that it is a good place to start from.
Taking these steps will allow me to identify what it is I want from life and help me put together a concrete plan to help me to achieve my goals and dreams and start living life to the full once again.
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