3 Tips to Beat The Back To Work Blues

We’re coming to the end of summer and as we begin shifting gears from fun-in-the-sun to-back-to-work mode (complete with commuting and deadlines), I’m sure you’re not the only one feeling crestfallen.

Maybe you’re not ready yet to give up drinks on the patio, backyard bbq’s and trips to the beach… Maybe you’re kicking yourself because you swore that this fall would be different… but with less than a week until September the season is changing whether you’re ready or not.

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But don’t despair!

Even if you hate your corporate job, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This week’s digital inspiration offers you 3 simple strategies that helped me beat back the end of summer blues before I made the leap from employee to entrepreneur.

3 Tips to Lighten Your Back to Work Blues:

1) View what you’re doing now as a means to a (happier) end! Sure, your job doesn’t light you up – but look at it this way – that steady paycheque today can make your freedom possible tomorrow! With a plan to move on to something better, even the drudgery of soul-crushing work has a purpose when it’s helping to save up (or fund) your next career move.

2) Pick your Independence Day.  Look at your life and then look at your calendar.  How much time do you really need to make your career move?  Whether you decide it’s 3 months or 3 years… make a decision and mark it on the calendar.  If you want a change, you’ve got to set a date. It’s amazing what seeing that date on your calendar can do for your psyche.

3) Figure out your “Top 2 Things.”  Ask yourself, what are the top two must-haves for me to win my independence? It could be to pay down your debt, develop your business idea or earn a new credential… Whatever it is (and it’s different for everyone) think critically to identify your top 2 must-haves… and get started!

The trick to beating the back to work blues is to shift your focus away from what you don’t want (meaningless projects, futile meetings, and never-ending bureaucracy) toward what you do want (more freedom, meaning and career progress).

When you shift your perspective and start working towards what you really want, then going back to work can actually begin to feel like a step in the right direction, which is a whole lot sunnier.

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Heather Petherick is a master success coach for high potential business leaders, having established her private coaching practice in 2007. Since then, she’s coached hundreds of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs from around the globe to overcome the mindset traps that keep them playing small so that they can realize their potential and create the impact they’re meant for. Her areas of speciality are: • Mindset • Confidence • Communication • Speed of Implementation Her clients include corporate rising stars at WestJet, Agrium, Suncor Energy, Manulife Bank, TD, Royal Bank of Canada, KMPG and PepsiCo International as well as big-thinking entrepreneurs from around the world. She has been featured as a career and success expert with Women Engineering The Future, The Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Living Magazine and Chatelaine magazine. Heather’s journey from growing up on a humble sheep farm on the prairies of western Canada to building a global coaching business have lent to her signature coaching style that combines both wit and humility, style and business savvy. She holds a Master’s degree in Management and lives in Lethbridge, Alberta with her husband and two children.

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