These are some follow-up resources for my Women on the Edge of Greatness session on Living in the "What If?"--Experimenting Your Way to Your Dreams.
- Why Your Career Should Be a Grand Experiment--Some advice from Fast Company.
- Experiment Design Worksheet--a quick little worksheet for you to print out and use to design your experiments.
- Debriefing Yourself--Good questions to ask yourself as you reflect on your experiments.
- Using a Career Journal and The Small Wins Journal Log--Journaling and keeping track of progress are a big part of successful experiments.
- The 30-Day Trial--More info/guidelines on 30-day experiments.
- 52 Free Professional Development Opportunities--Many of these could be adapted into stretch assignments. You can also scroll down this article for some more ideas.
- How to Start--from Zen Habits.
Since time is always an issue, here are some ideas for helping you to make time for your experiments:
- First, ask yourself if you are really THAT busy. This article has some great advice on how to think differently about your time.
- Set aside the first hour of your day--even if this means getting up an hour earlier for a period of time--to focus on your experiment. You don't have to get up earlier forever. Just commit to doing that for a period of time.
- Assess your "busy-ness" level and see if there are things you can do to change that. Also be sure to check out Nancy Seibel's presentation on getting control of your busyness from the Women on the Edge Conference archived conference page.
- Invest in your "hot spots" and set minimum and maximum times for each area. A lot of time finding time is about setting boundaries. Many of us have poor boundaries with work and other areas of life that may leave us little time for investing in ourselves. Try looking at your hot spots and then setting boundaries in each area.
- "Put in the big rocks first." This is from Stephen Covey and is great advice. What are the MAJOR priorities for you right now? Schedule those first. Then schedule the rest of what you need to do.
- Take some time to explore WHY you may be resisting investing time in yourself. I know there's irony here, but set aside 30 minutes to just explore this issue in your journal. How do you feel when you think about taking time for working on yourself? What thoughts go through your head? Often we find that our resistance to scheduling time for ourselves comes from us needing to meet other people's expectations for us, rather than our own expectations for our lives. Are there ways to move out of living for what other people want from us into living in ways that work best for ourselves?