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New Work-Mindset

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Over the last few weeks, I have completely turned my beliefs about work, upside down and inside out.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older and starting to eye-off retirement, or if it’s a side effect of living the “Covid-19 lifestyle”, but I’ve changed my mind about how a work-week should look. In short, I’ve decided that for me, the “normal” work-week no longer exists.

I have stopped believing that Monday to Friday are days for work and Saturday and Sunday are days for relaxing or play. For me, there are no longer weekdays and weekends – there are just days. Each day is mine to use as I please. Relaxing can happen on any day. Working can happen on any day. A day may involve both work and play – it’s my choice!

I no longer have set working days or hours – I work when I want to, for as long as I want to, on any day that suits me, including weekends.

I do not subscribe to the “Monday to Friday are for work and weekends are for relaxing”, concept.

How is this possible?

I am well aware that working whenever you choose, is not possible for many people, for various reasons. This is only possible for me because I am self-employed so I can call the shots. I am very lucky in that regard and am very grateful.

But I haven’t written this blog to spruik some sort of new philosophy or to convince you to try it too!

All of this, including this blog, is just for me, but I wanted to share it with you because I have found that this new mindset has made me more relaxed and more focused when I am working. I feel more in control of my work and life in general. I now have a work-life_life-work balance. Cool huh! And, hey, if you do want to give it a try, well that’s up to you, but again, this is really just something I’m doing for myself and my well-being.

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How does this make me feel?

This new mindset has given me pure flexibility in my life. On any given day, if I feel like working, then I will work. If I want to take a walk, then I will walk. If I am asked to look after my grandchild, then I will happily do so.

I used to feel guilty if I tried to do something non-work-related during the week, always thinking, “I should be working right now”. Really, I was letting work control my life and my choices. Since enacting my new mindset, I no longer feel guilty. I feel like I’m in charge!

Giving myself permission to work whenever I want to or can, has somehow empowered me. And how do I feel about this? I feel happy and free. Yeah, that’s it. I feel free (even in lockdown!)


Have you made any drastic changes to the way you are working now? Has Covid-19 forced you to work differently compared to pre-Covid days? What are the pros and cons for you? I would love to read your comments – please do leave them below!

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The 15-minute business year-end review

One of the things I like to do once the Christmas festivities are over and the new year has been rung in, is to take a look back at how my business fared during the past year. This is a useful activity to do as it not only reminds you of where you are heading but it also gives you a chance to celebrate your successes and little wins which are often forgotten amidst the hustle and bustle of business life.

There are several ways to do this (most very involved and complicated) but last year I found this article in “Flying Solo” by Robert Gerrish** which explains how to review your business year in just 15 minutes. Being a very time-poor solopreneur, this appealed to me very much so I gave it a go, loved it and will be doing it again this year!

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