Review of June 2018 : Dedicated focus, good books and personal time

Sorry, the June update is long overdue !

Another month gone by, I can’t believe how fast life is going. I read that the older you get, the quicker it goes, certainly feels true to me at the moment. June was a hectic month work-wise, but with a lovely break in the middle that helped me gain some perspective.

Highlights at work :

  • Focus – not expand : I don’t know if it is a product of the technical revolution in the workplace (emails etc) or if it’s always been that way, but I think most managers these days have 20 projects on the go at any given time. And I strongly believe that a lot of the insatisfaction in the workplace comes from not being able to fully throw yourself into something. Not to mention the outcomes are usually less good when no one is able to dedicate undivided focus to a particular topic. When I came back from holidays and after a draining month in may, I decided to try something different : focusing on only 3 things that were 100% under my control as opposed to keep working on 12 topics, where my impact was limited. And so far, I am much happier and more effective for it. I am able to go to work every day with strong intent as to what I am aiming to achieve. My bullet journal is a precious help there too as it ensures I stay on track and get the reward, not from external validation but from myself.

Highlight at home :

  • Book worm : I have recently re-discovered the pleasure of a good read and have finished 2 good books :
    • Radical Candor, Kim Scott : A practical and entertaining management book, Kim describes the framework she has built to help managers manage well. It relies on 2 axis : “care” and “direct feedback”. A good manager will create an ecosystem of care that will enable very direct conversation. A bad manager will either be  “ruinously empathic”, “obnoxiously aggressive” or “absent”. Radical Candor is short, well-written and full of practical tips.
    • The women who run with the wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes : Completely different, this book is a collection of short tales followed by analysis, focused on the deep nature of women. This book really moved and shook me as it encouraged me to rekindle my relationship with my instinct, my senses, motherhood and all other “animal” aspects of myself. Day-to-day life can sometimes appear futile and shallow and this book gives an opportunity to think and feel deeper.
  • Good resolutions : 6 months after the new year’s resolutions, now is a good time to look at how well I have done and on what resolutions I want to set up for the next 6 months :
    • Starting a blog : DONE !
    • Doing a week-end away with my girlfriends : DONE 2 !
    • Doing one hour of sport a week : Failed, but I have signed myself up for the local 10k run in September so I will HAVE to train in August
    • Read at least 1 book every 2 months : DONE !
    • What are my resolutions for the rest of the year :
      • Have more fun at work : I have been through some difficult times lately and part of it is because I haven’t prioritized myself at work. I have tried to deliver what people expected and not what I wanted. I will work hard in the next 6 months to rebalance this and to help me, I have decided to take an executive coach !
      • Go to church once a week : I have put the Friday lunchtime mass in my diary now – trying to go on Sundays is proving impossible so I am hoping that a weekday will make it easier
      • Continue my bullet journal :  I have slightly let it dip in June but will resume in July and will use Brandon’s Bullet Journal as an inspiration ! His journal is sooo beautiful !
      • Continue the 2018 resolution and in particular writing this blog. There is a small community reading it now and I have a few visitors every day. This is making me immensely happy and I hope I have provided some help, inspiration or at least entertainment to some of you.

Already halfway through July, the July update is just around the corner. It’s going to be a big one as lots of things happened !

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