January’s theme is all about Beginnings, how you start things.
Mission 1: Make 3 Changes to the way you start your day
Mission 2: Make 3 Changes to the way you start your week
Mission 3: Make 3 Changes to the way you start your work day
This week I invite you to look at how to start your time off or any time away.

Make 3 Changes™ Monday Mission #4 – Starting your Time Off or Away

How do you transition from being ON to being OFF?
a) I’m always “on”, even while on vacation.
b) I have routines that help me and others around me understand that I am shifting into a different mode of availability
c) I listen to Loverboy’s famous “Everybody’s Workin’ for the Weekend” song on repeat and post TGIF posts and memes on social media on Friday.

Flashback to Freefalling to Friday… I remember when weekends used to be this one place where I tried to cram in everything I needed to get done that I couldn’t usually get done during the week. It was a flurry of errands and chores with a few fun things thrown in or maybe even little weekend getaways. As was the rhythm of my life, our week started with a bang on Monday – back to school and back to work. By Thursday we were all frazzled and singing the praises of that final day of the regular week – Hang in there, Friday’s coming. Sunday night brought the familiar refrain of not wanting to get to bed on time for kids and staying up late trying to savor the last few hours of freedom before the week began. Monday came and the week was already ON us. As an entrepreneur and empty-nester, I can easily stay ON and miss opportunities to recharge, refuel and reconnect with friends and family. I love what I do and have a great deal of time freedom, which is great, but can also invite burnout. Any of this seem familiar to you?

What if?
What if you approached your weekends and time off differently?
What if you could really use the time away from work and other responsibilities to recharge your batteries (and those of your electronic devices)?
What if you could use the time away from work and other responsibilities to reconnect to yourself, with your loved ones (and disconnect from the electronic devices)?

Creating Transition Routines & Managing Expectations for Your Time Off & Time Away

Learning to manage expectations around the time you spend away from your work or on vacation can be life-changing. In our 24/7 world it can seem as though we need to be ON at all times. The truth is, we don’t. The bigger truth is, we can’t. There are consequences to being always ON, always available, always connected.

Working with one of my private clients this week, we designed a transition routine that involved her commute home. How could she leverage that time between leaving the office and arriving home to refresh, recharge and prepare herself to be available for her family and the activities of the evening? What she came up with energized and excited her. She created the possibility that carving out that time for herself, claiming that time for herself would allow her to show up for herself and her family, even her work, much better. And now, she’s more motivated to leave work after a full day instead of working late or being on work calls during the commute home. I can’t wait to hear from her at the end of the week to see how this impacted her evenings!

Mindset: Explore the thoughts you have about the beginning of your weekend or time away.

What are the thoughts, beliefs and attitudes you have about time off or time away? Are they serving you? Are they holding you back? Are they impacting those around you? Are they impacting your results?

Take 5: Take 5 minutes right now and jot down some of the first words and phrases that come up for you when you think about the weekend or any time off and time away you take. What do you notice? If your mindset could use a change, how could you reframe your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes to better serve you? How many of those thoughts & beliefs involve other people’s expectations for your time off?

Mantras: Review the list and highlight any of the ones that resonate with you.
Read them aloud and feel the difference in your body, your heart, your spirit.

• I am here, in this moment.
• I am grateful for my time away.
• I am comfortable creating space and quiet in my life.
• I am curious about how creating a transition routine for my time away and time off each week could serve me.
• I am grateful for the variety of activities on our schedule this weekend.

Take 5 minutes and jot down some mantras that would help you to stay focused on showing up how you WANT to show up.

Make 3 Changes™ Monday Mission #4
Take 5 minutes right now and think about what changes you could make to the way you start your time off or your time away that would have the greatest impact on your peace of mind, others’ experience of you and how you impact the world.

Magic Questions

What if?
What if you approached your weekends and time off differently?
What if you could really use the time away from work and other responsibilities to recharge your batteries (and those of your electronic devices)?
What if you could use the time away from work and other responsibilities to reconnect to yourself, with your loved ones (and disconnect from the electronic devices)?

Why Not?
You’re likely to come up with all sorts of reasons why not. Write them down. Look at them. Challenge them. You just might get a good laugh at how ridiculous and unfounded many of them are. A few of them represent real challenges and barriers, I get it, but focusing on the problem will only reveal more of the problem. Get out of that line of questioning and move into the solution focused space.

Ask yourself…“What would it look like if it worked?” and let the answers flow. You know what you need. Give yourself permission to imagine the possibilities. Give yourself permission to create new habits and routines that serve and support you instead of drain and deplete you.

Make 3 Changes to the way you start your time off or time away.
Write them down on an index card, on a post it, put them in your note taking app on your phone… capture them and then take action.

Declare & Share!
Let me know what you came up with and how you did! Check the facebook page this week for additional resources and inspiration to help you create a work day routine that makes a difference in your life, the lives of those you love and the lives of those you lead!

What is Make 3 Changes?
Make 3 Changes™ is a framework designed to help leaders move forward during times of change, challenge and opportunity. For more information about the Make 3 Changes™ framework and how you can use it to navigate changes in your world with more clarity, confidence and commitment, email whitney@whitneybishop.com

What are the Make 3 Changes Monday Missions?
These weekly missions are designed to get you thinking differently about various aspects of your life. Each month will feature several missions within a theme, helping you to build awareness, create alignment and take action. It is my hope they provide you with the tools you need to create positive and lasting change in your life, the lives of those you love, those you lead and those you serve. Thanks for being here at the start of it. Always open to feedback about your experience. Let’s have some fun and make some changes!

Whitney Bishop

Whitney Bishop

Whitney Bishop is a Change Agent who creates transformative experiences for people who are ready to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others. In her work with teams and private clients, she offers guidance, encouragement, accountability and support. Are you ready to discover the power of possibility and make breakthroughs that will change your life? Visit whitneybishop.com to begin your journey.
Whitney Bishop

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