I can get distracted easily if I don't ground myself to my objective. It's easy to look over the fence and think, hey, I can do that or listen to someone who is so excited over their new adventure that I want to join them too. What brings me back to my world is remembering a question I was asked almost twenty years ago: What does your perfect work day look like? The experiences and visual images haven't changed, though it has taken many many years for me to reach the ability to put that perfect day into place. When I feel myself drifting , i go back to that exercise which helps me shake off time wasting thoughts that will not meet my needs long term.
This is a great question to ask yourself, especially if thinking of a career transition. What does your perfect work day look like? Write it down, visualize yourself in that day - experience the feelings and the surroundings. What are you wearing? Who else is with you? Is there a specific setting such as an office or are you outside? Do you drive, if so, what car are you driving? Break it down to what is occuring within each hour. Do you start off with coffee and paperwork or are you out working with a team first thing? Do you see yourself giving presentations or are you working with your hands in a studio? Is the first half of the day different from the second half? How do you conclude your work day? Maybe you have a break in the middle of the day where you do something fun just for yourself and then re-engage in your business. I know what my day looks like and by keeping this front and center, it allows me to say no to other opportunities that sound great but don't fit.
You don't have to be in a career transition to want to make some subtle changes to your work day - it's your life, enjoy it and embrace even a small opportunity to make it a bit more special, just for you.