Methods to improve your freedom at work


00:00:00: Introduction 00:02:21: Freedom means one thing completely different to everyone 00:04:19: Half 1: determining your freedom – a scale 00:07:00: Freedom components: time, belief, duties, and a thoughts map 00:11:41: Half 2: how one can discover your freedom… 00:11:57: … 1: time 00:15:16: Concept for motion: this-or-that transparency 00:18:19: … 2: belief 00:20:31: Concept for motion: undertaking on a web page 00:25:04: … 3: duties – desires, wants and want-nots 00:27:22: Step 1: the “desires” 00:33:19: Step 2: the “wants” 00:35:00: Step 3: the “want-nots” 00:37:51: Last ideas

Sarah Ellis: Hello, I am Sarah. Helen Tupper: And I am Helen. Sarah Ellis: And that is the Squiggly Careers podcast, the place each week we speak about a unique matter to do with work and share plenty of sensible concepts for motion and instruments to check out that we hope will depart you, and to be trustworthy us, with just a little bit extra confidence, readability and management.  And this week, we’re speaking about how one can discover extra freedom in your work.  Once we take into consideration freedom, it feels related, I feel, for all of us, as a result of the extra you dive into freedom, the extra you realise this can be a common want that all of us have, which does make sense. Who would not wish to really feel like they have freedom within the work that they do?  We wish to really feel like we have the flexibility to be in management, to direct ourselves about how we work and what we work on.  It is sensible that that is one thing that’s necessary for all of us.  However what’s so attention-grabbing is that usually, our organisations have been constructed over time in a manner that creates command and management inside an organisational construction, however takes it away from people, so it takes the management and the liberty from people and offers that management to the construction of an organisation. Now most organisations, I feel, are transferring away from that very conventional ladder-like command-and-control world, the place primarily you do what you are advised in the best way that you simply’re advised, and it is all about start compliant, as a result of I feel most organisations recognise now that that is not how anybody does their greatest work.  And there’s a actually attention-grabbing article that we’ll hyperlink to about organisations which were on an actual mission to supply a extra liberating surroundings.  They really name them “liberating organisations”. What I discovered attention-grabbing about these case research I used to be studying is that plenty of them had been very conventional organisations, so they’d been extra command and management, and had made a really aware effort to go, “We are able to see that that is not going to assist us achieve success sooner or later”.  So, when you’re a supervisor or a frontrunner, otherwise you’re simply actually curious about a few of these examples, possibly take a look at that HBR article that we’ll hyperlink to. However right now, we’re actually going to concentrate on how you will discover extra freedom, what does that seem like for you, and the concepts for motion which you could take. Helen Tupper: So, when Sarah and I’ve learn round this matter, the issues that come up most constantly are that freedom at work is a steadiness of autonomy and accountability; so, folks feeling like they’ve the area that they want, after which virtually the possession of their outcomes.  However when Sarah and I had been speaking about it, we had been like, “They’re actually large subjects.  Autonomy; area is very large!” and it means various things to completely different folks, so we wished to get a bit extra particular about it, so we requested out neighborhood on Instagram for what this implies to them. They advised us that freedom meant for them: belief, empowerment, flexibility, authenticity and selection.  What I discover actually attention-grabbing with that’s these issues are actually completely different.  I would like the liberty to work in a manner that works with me, so flexibility; I would like the liberty to be myself at work, so authenticity.  We can’t assume that this implies the identical factor for everyone, and it’s helpful to have that in your consciousness. We additionally talked to folks about what was most certainly to be getting in the best way of the liberty that they wanted, they usually shared with us that it was: course of, so feeling like they needed to do issues in a sure manner, as a result of that was the best way stuff was performed spherical there; strain, so the quantity of issues they needed to do did not give them the area to do something completely different; consistently altering priorities, so feeling like, “Okay, I do know what I am doing, I am on board with it”, after which it simply adjustments time and again; micromanagement, that got here up so much, “I have never received that autonomy I want, as a result of I’ve to do it in a manner that works for my supervisor”; and the workload, it is simply an excessive amount of work, virtually you possibly can’t see the wooden for the bushes, that sort of factor. So, so as to assist all these those who gave us all that enter, and also you and actually ourselves just a little bit, we’re dividing this podcast into two elements.  So, half one goes to be all about how you determine what freedom means to you, and likewise possibly what it seems to be like for you right now.  After which, half two goes to be about how you discover your freedom, so sensible issues that you are able to do to get the liberty that you simply’re on the lookout for. So, I am going to kick us off with half one then, determining your freedom.  For this, it is helpful to consider, “What does freedom imply to you and what is perhaps getting in your manner right now?”  So, Sarah, if I used to be to ask you these questions, what would you assume? Sarah Ellis: I feel freedom for me, my go-to is, “Am I free to decide on how I work?”  I feel how I work actually issues to me.  And once I take into consideration the way it begins to then merge into different areas, like the place I work, the place I am spending my time, I actually do not like being micromanaged, and I have been fortunate, I’ve not discovered that that is been an actual fixed in my profession.  However the few instances I’ve received anyplace near that, I discover that very tough, and I reply effectively to area, virtually having freedom.  After I’ve received a transparent sense of what I wish to obtain and the place I wish to go in a undertaking, I would like the liberty to do this in my very own manner primarily.  I simply see time and time once more that I’ve performed my greatest work when virtually the situations that enable you to to be free have been in place. Helen Tupper: And I assume as a result of we have talked about this earlier than and it is one in every of my values, it positively is an space that we have mirrored on so much, so it is so attention-grabbing to see how necessary it’s to different folks as effectively.  As a result of it is one in every of my values, it is deeply necessary to me, and I do not assume our definitions are that dissimilar.  So, my definition is about, “Making decisions with out constraints”, and also you used the phrase “alternative” as effectively. For me, constraints can are available all types of type.  Different folks could be a constraint, like when different folks need me to do folks, or they do it a sure manner.  I all the time wish to really feel that I’ve received a alternative.  Each time I really feel compelled, it is virtually this freedom set off for me.  Each time I really feel compelled by different folks to do one thing, I’m going on pink freedom alert!  I typically speak about that Braveheart second like, “I would like my freedom!”  I really feel like I want to actually shield it in any respect prices. So, so that you can mirror on this, I feel it is price pondering to start with, what does it imply to you; and simply spend time attending to a few of these nuances that Sarah and I talked about then.  And provides it a scale of 1 to 10 by way of how a lot freedom you are feeling you could have proper now, as a result of it is going to simply offer you just a little little bit of a sign of what work you might need to do. Sarah Ellis: I feel it is helpful to interrupt freedom right down to be a bit extra bitesize so you possibly can determine the place to focus.  Now, you may must concentrate on all of those areas, however as I used to be going via this course of, I realised that I feel firstly, you will have completely different actions relying on the place your focus is perhaps, but in addition you will in all probability have completely different priorities.  I can consider completely different factors in my profession the place completely different ones of those components, these freedom components, have been extra necessary than others; and I feel it does change over time. So, we’re attempting to maneuver away now from this concept of freedom being all issues to everyone, and we will describe it in so many various methods, to drill down just a little bit now into some freedom components.  So, we will describe this in 3 ways, which is: time, belief and duties.  So time is, the place do you spend your time; belief is the way you do your work; and duties is what you’re employed on.  So, I discovered that fairly helpful. Possibly you are these three now and excited about now, on reflection, when you had been pink, amber, greening every of these, for instance, the place would you be?  Or, when you had been doing a scale of 1 to 10, if that feels extra helpful for you, the place would you be on every of these?  That, I feel, helps to pinpoint the place are you proper now by way of discovering your freedom, and is there one freedom issue right here that simply feels extra necessary? After I did this, for instance, I used to be inexperienced, inexperienced, pink; amber, pink possibly.  So I used to be like, time, the place I spend my time, I really feel inexperienced on that, and we will dive into every of those, so I will not describe it in an excessive amount of extra element; belief, I felt inexperienced, in how I do my work; after which duties, I used to be like, “There’s some amber-redness there”, and that is the place I might wish to focus once I’m excited about freedom. Then, whenever you’ve performed that, do the thoughts map of all of the issues which can be getting in the best way of you discovering your freedom right now, together with your self, simply to ensure we do not find yourself blaming, but in addition I feel there’s by no means going to be only one factor that is getting in the best way of discovering your freedom.  So, what are all these issues?  Are they folks; is it sort of labor?  What are the issues that spring to thoughts?  And once more we each did this. I feel, to start with, doing the thoughts map helps you to consider the entire completely different solutions to that reflection; however then we each fairly shortly received to, “However are there one or two issues right here that really feel like they’re getting in the best way greater than all the pieces else?”  So, Helen, do you wish to share the couple that you simply got here up with?  And I got here up with one fairly shortly as effectively. Helen Tupper: Yeah, so I feel my first one’s in all probability poor prioritisation, so I virtually do not focus what I wish to freely do, as a result of I am attempting to take action a lot.  And so, I feel extra time spent prioritisation, even simply at the beginning of the week, after which sharing these with the crew, can be actually useful.  However then, I additionally assume I’ve turn into a little bit of a bottleneck in plenty of locations in our enterprise, and so there’s quite a bit that folks must overview with me, or get my enter on, and I wish to assist different folks to do their work, however I’ve turn into this unmoveable a part of it as effectively, and that usually implies that there are issues that I must do day by day, or within the night, or at sure factors of the week, and that takes a few of my freedom away, by way of form of the task-based stuff, I feel, what I wish to spend my time on. Sarah Ellis: Yeah, so I used to be really reflecting on this final week; and to be very particular, I nonetheless assume I must work on an concept that Oliver Burkeman really taught me, sensible writer of 4 Thousand Weeks, all about time, the place he stated, “It isn’t nearly getting higher at saying no, it is about getting higher at saying no to the issues we wish to say sure to”, and I nonetheless do this.  That will get in the best way of my freedom, and I do not fairly make that connection in the mean time, and I feel even by excited about this for right now, I used to be like, “That is fairly helpful.  Have I assumed, ‘That is laborious to say no to, however it equals discovering extra freedom; is {that a} actually useful carrot to assist me to do one thing that I discover laborious?'”  So, that was one. After which I feel my second one, which I feel is extra normal, however in all probability hyperlinks to that first one, is simply being over-committed to delivering an excessive amount of, virtually to your level on, I feel I am good at prioritising, however I nonetheless really feel like virtually that checklist is just too lengthy.  And also you’re overcommitted, as a result of really you could have dedicated to these issues, and I actually do not like not delivering on commitments, and so subsequently to ship, you then find yourself shedding plenty of your freedom, since you’re like, “Properly, I’ve stated I am going to do that”. It in all probability goes again to once more, I’ve stated sure to one thing as a result of I wished to say sure, however with out doing that knock-on influence.  So, if I get pissed off about not getting sufficient freedom, I do assume a good bit of that’s me getting in my very own manner.  Now, I feel that may have been very completely different once I was in organisations.  So, I additionally mirrored that a part of that is virtually about pondering a bit about, and recognising, the system that you simply’re working in, and the place does that basically enable you to with freedom, as a result of I feel really among the large corporations I labored in helped me to seek out freedom in some methods.  I labored a four-day week among the time; that helped me discover some freedom. I feel working in a small firm has taken away a few of my freedom in numerous ways in which I would not anticipated, which we’re now going to speak about precisely how we will get it again once more, as a result of I am very dedicated to this. Helen Tupper: We’ll go into half two now, so you’ve got received three completely different concepts for motion right here, that are all linked to the time, the belief and the duties, and we’ll speak about it just a little bit, take it in turns, after which we’ll provide the particulars to be able to make the change that may help your improvement.  So, Sarah, do you wish to go first with time? Sarah Ellis: So, for time, we predict this might sound a bit like, “I work the place different folks need me to be, not the place I must be”.  So this, I feel, can be on plenty of folks’s minds in the mean time with each organisation determining hybrid working, “Are we going to inform folks after we need folks within the workplace?  Are we going to provide folks plenty of alternative and many freedom about being in an workplace?  Are we going to say everyone’s totally distant, so we simply get collectively to collaborate?”  So, that is each on people’ and organisations’ minds. For us, after we had been excited about this, I feel it goes again to this precept of, so usually we predict time equals hours.  I feel when you do this, it turns into extra transactional, your pondering turns into transactional; but in addition, you turn into very black and white, I feel, about how you concentrate on your time.  However when you can reframe your time to not being about hours, however being about outcomes, I feel it adjustments each the conversations that you’ve, but in addition the way you think about your individual freedom by way of the place you spend your time. So, our suggestion right here, simply to get began by way of mindset is, be very clear about what are your outcomes, “What do you’ll want to obtain?  What does that seem like?  How are you going to measure success?” after which, join these outcomes together with your “wheres”.  So, moderately than the place simply being, “I similar to working at house day by day [or] I wish to work within the workplace 4 days every week”, virtually excited about, with the work that you’ll want to do, these outcomes you’ll want to obtain, the place would that work greatest be achieved for you, as a result of this can be private for you? As Helen and I’ve already described, there’s some work that we have to obtain collectively, the place a few of that work is greatest achieved with us in a room collectively.  A few of it positively, though we’re nonetheless working collectively on one thing, is greatest achieved remotely and in our personal area and in our personal time.  So, I feel that simply helps you by way of framing, and I feel there’s a “the place watchout”, simply earlier than we get to the thought for motion, as a result of I simply hear this from so many individuals, which is we’re so eager to get extra freedom that typically we conform to do the identical quantity of labor in much less hours or days. Helen Tupper: It is like, we’re the trade-off. Sarah Ellis: Sure.  So, your trade-off turns into, “I am so eager to have a four-day week [or] I am so eager to work a nine-day fortnight [or] to complete at 3.00pm so I can decide my youngsters up from college”, no matter it is perhaps, that what we then do is we’re possibly making that transition to seek out extra freedom, so within the pursuit of freedom; and the trade-off we make is simply pondering, “I’ll discover a manner and there’s no different trade-off”, by way of, it isn’t about much less work. So primarily, you could have much less hours to do the identical quantity of labor.  And until you’re extremely unproductive, which I simply do not consider anybody listening to this podcast will be, then all meaning is you are going to be working late nights, it may be disturbing, otherwise you’ll be working in these instances the place you are not meant to be working.  So, I feel as someone who has labored in plenty of other ways, I feel this can be a actually necessary be careful, and I’ve performed this effectively and never so effectively, and I’ve seen this work for different folks, the place they had been actually hoping to get freedom, after which you do not obtain that factor you had been hoping due to that. So, here is our thought for motion on this one.  If the the place, by way of freedom, is absolutely necessary for you, our thought right here is to have a go at one thing referred to as, This-or-That Transparency.  This now will get very, very sensible.  That is this concept of trade-offs and decisions that I used to be simply describing within the “the place watchout”.  So, with one thing like this-or-that transparency, it means you are getting used to practising sharing which you could’t simply do all the pieces, or actually you possibly can’t do all the pieces proper now, within the right here and now. Possibly this seems to be like, we’re experimenting in our crew in the mean time with utilizing a planner in Microsoft Groups.  What that helps us with just a little bit is pondering, if one thing new goes onto the planner, what strikes or what would not occur?  Or, it might be only a dialog.  So typically, when different folks may say, “We want this stuff to occur”, it simply stops you from going, “Sure, and…” and also you simply add all the pieces on; and it lets you go, “Okay, effectively I am working in these locations, in order that work will not work then”.  So, it simply lets you have that problem. Or, possibly it is only a weekly electronic mail that claims to folks, “That is what I am engaged on in the mean time, that is the place I am working”, and also you’re simply once more being very clear about that this-or-that trade-off.  I simply discover the this-or-that is only a helpful framing on a regular basis to maintain us trustworthy by way of prioritising, after which it simply connects again thus far about time.  You may’t discover extra time; it isn’t a factor, however we do all get used to defaulting to going, “Oh, yeah, okay I am going to simply preserve including that to that”. Helen Tupper: I discover it actually useful as effectively simply to speak this via with folks, why I am making the alternatives that I am making.  So, I’d say to Sarah, “I’ll do business from home right now, as a result of I actually wish to get my head down on these issues, and by the point I’ve received into London, I find yourself getting distracted and all types of stuff”, and simply serving to somebody to know that this is the reason I am selecting to work the place I’m helps me to simply really feel extra assured concerning the selections that I am making; not that you’ll want to justify your selections to different folks, however when you’re a part of a crew and also you’re all attempting to do that, then at instances you are going to should make crew decisions. You may’t all the time have a crew making particular person decisions about their wheres, in any other case nobody’s going to come back collectively in the precise place on the proper instances.  So, it’s helpful to know which of your wheres are most necessary and why, after which your crew might help you to guard these and you may work out, “Which of them can we come collectively on?” so I do discover that helpful to know about folks. Sarah Ellis: Think about whilst a crew all sharing, what does freedom seem like for you; when have you ever received your most freedom in every week; and the place do you are feeling like you’ll want to discover some extra freedom in every week?  Just a few hopefully easy-to-answer questions that everybody may simply do a little bit of sharing on.  I ponder then whether or not you can all assist one another, as a result of as you stated, this feels all interconnected.  It is fairly laborious to do plenty of this by your self. Helen Tupper: So, our second space was all concerning the belief, and a giant a part of this can be about belief.  So, you discovering freedom implies that folks should belief you to work in a manner that works for you.  However what this may sound like when it isn’t working is that, “I am working in a manner that works for different folks, however that does not work for me”.  I feel in all probability, that is most linked to folks saying the factor that was getting of their manner was being micromanaged.  In case you are feeling like you’re being micromanaged, another person is defining what you’re employed on, whenever you work on it, how you’re employed on it, that in all probability is not going to be working in a manner that works for you, and it’s in all probability going to really feel such as you’re not trusted to do this. Finally, you’re the skilled in how you’re employed greatest, whenever you’re most energised, the environments you’ll want to work with, and what we wish you to do is to start out with you.  While you’re attempting to create this belief, we wish to begin with, “That is what works for me and why”, however then finally be open to different folks’s enter, as a result of they may have some legitimate issues to contribute, so you do not wish to kill that within the dialog, however you do wish to begin together with your freedom first, in any other case they may impose what works for them onto you. So, to convey this to life about what this might seem like, we have created a situation, like a podcast roleplay; I adore it!  I prefer it, as a result of I, on this position play, am your supervisor!  For example I stated to Sarah, “Sarah, we will be making a careers competition over the summer season and I would actually such as you to steer on it”, then what we might wish to do in response to that, on condition that Sarah is the skilled in how she works greatest, is Sarah then to outline how she imagines making that occur, after which share it with me for problem and construct; to not approve, not for me to say, “Sure, that is okay [or] no, that is not”, however to virtually say, “How may that be even higher?”  It is that area for constructing, moderately than approving, that we’re attempting to create, to provide somebody the autonomy. Each time you go to somebody to agree or approve one thing, I feel you scale back a few of your autonomy over it, as a result of it appears like they’re checking in and checking up.  What we actually need them to do is have a extra adult-to-adult dialog about the way you do your work.  So, problem and construct creates that, and what we wish you to do is to be in charge of that dialog. Sarah Ellis: So, Helen and I had been chatting about virtually, what would an thought for motion right here seem like?  One of many issues that I discovered actually helpful, and likewise recognised that once I’ve not performed this, it has been a miss, as in it is received in my manner, is having undertaking on a web page.  Challenge on a web page, lets say I am doing this careers competition that Helen’s requested me to steer, is simply summarising on one web page, possibly it is a Phrase doc, possibly it is PowerPoint, no matter works for you: what’s the goal; what are the outcomes; what does success seem like; and, how I am imaging I’ll make this work.  So, that is perhaps some methods of working ideas. So for instance, I is perhaps saying to Helen, “Ever Monday morning, I am going to ship you a undertaking replace with the three issues I feel you’ll want to know.  I counsel we get collectively for 45 minutes each couple of weeks, and we speak about priorities, folks, course of and issues”, so maybe I put a little bit of construction in.  It isn’t you are presenting a undertaking on a web page and hoping for no response, which I’ve positively performed up to now; you are additionally asking some actually good questions, as a result of that is meant to be a dialog, as a result of in any other case you are fixing, moderately than involving, your supervisor. Possibly I would be saying to Helen at that time, “So, what may I be lacking?  What are you able to think about may get in our manner?  How else can I preserve you up to date?”  And even virtually asking Helen, “Do you wish to be extra concerned on the earlier phases of this undertaking, or do you wish to be much less concerned?”  So, that undertaking on a web page turns into a joint settlement that I feel everyone feels assured and cozy with, but in addition that you simply preserve coming again to, as a result of there is not any level doing this after which by no means it or iterating as you go. Really, Helen and I had been even reflecting on a small undertaking that I am engaged on in the mean time the place I have never performed this, and it has felt like precisely as Helen described, the place I’ve stated to Helen, “We’ll must decide on one thing”, I am working one thing previous Helen, and wished her to simply go, “Yeah, certain, let’s make some progress”.  However I really feel a bit like Helen’s been, “No, I’ve received some extra questions”, and it has felt a bit like, we had been saying, the closest we might ever get to micromanaging one another.  Whereas, in my head, I simply thought, “Why cannot Helen let me get on with this, it is high quality?” whereas Helen’s pondering, “I’ve received 5 extra questions”. I feel with that particular piece of labor, if I had performed a undertaking on a web page, I might have gotten to readability, however then additionally, Helen may have given me extra freedom to work in a manner that works for me, by way of how I wish to do my work.  Whereas really, we have barely stalled as a result of we have not performed this.  And then you definitely do, you do really feel such as you’ve received much less freedom on one thing the place you are feeling like, “I ought to have simply been in a position to transfer ahead”. Helen Tupper: Really, simply reflecting on that scenario just a little bit as effectively makes take into consideration, typically I ponder whether the language of, “This can be a little bit of a freedom flag for me”, is a manner that you can convey it, as a result of when you had stated to me, “This can be a little bit of a freedom flag for me.  I am feeling like there’s one thing that I wish to do this I am not getting the area to do”, may have possibly been a neater manner right into a dialog about that.  However then clearly, I typically assume that the extra detailed somebody’s questions are, the extra there’s one thing that is unsaid. Sarah Ellis: It is form of a freedom flag for you! Helen Tupper: Yeah, or as a result of the questions, detailed questions, possibly they’re high quality, they’re helpful; however there’s in all probability a much bigger query behind the scenes in somebody’s head.  I feel the actual undertaking Sarah’s speaking about, there in all probability was, and I wasn’t surfacing the larger query.  What I used to be going to was in all probability numerous irritating element.  I ponder when you can say, “This can be a little bit of a freedom flag for me”, so now I do know that that is a degree of language I would be like, “Okay, so Sarah’s feeling mainly that I am micromanaging her”, however saying it in a manner that makes it extra comfy dialog. Then, if Sarah may have requested me, “What is the greater query in your thoughts?” to get me out of the element and into one thing that we may in all probability talk about extra successfully, as a result of I feel when you received to the larger query in my thoughts, that might have possibly given a option to get the area; as a result of, when you’d resolved the larger query, moderately than me distracting us with the element…  I simply assume there’s methods round it.  I positively like undertaking on a web page, and in that scenario, it actually would have helped me.  However you’d have needed to go away and do this and it could have taken time. Within the second the place you had been possibly feeling it, maybe elevating the liberty flag and questioning, “What is the greater factor that is happening?” in your thoughts, may have unlocked one thing in that scenario.  Then we may have determined, and would have undertaking on a web page been helpful? Sarah Ellis: So, our third space is about what you’re employed on, so that is the duties that you simply spend your time on.  I feel this may sound like, “I really feel like I am engaged on another person’s to-do checklist”.  Once we did this, we had been each simply wry smiles, as a result of we have all been there, and are in all probability nonetheless there in some methods.  It is fairly uncommon I feel to really feel like your to-do checklist is 100% yours, or owned by you. We expect it is useful to have a look at the work that you simply’re doing, so the duties that you simply spend your time on in every week, and divide it into desires, wants and want-nots; so desires, the work you wish to be doing; wants, the work that wants or needs to be performed, whether or not you wish to or not; and what-nots, the work that is getting in your manner.  Divide this right into a pie chart and do an intuitive break up, so throughout the week, how a lot time are you spending in desires, wants and want-nots.  Clearly I’ve made Helen do all this beforehand, as a result of I used to be like, “Properly, lets’ simply examine all of it works”.  So, Helen, what proportion of time did you get to for desires? Helen Tupper: So, 20% of time on desires, and I say that as a result of once I first began it, I stated 10%, however I feel I used to be being a bit adverse, so I’ve mirrored on it.  20% need, so that’s the work I wish to be doing.  50% want, like I really feel there’s 50% of the time spent doing one thing that simply needs to be performed, and repeatedly needs to be performed; and I feel I spend 30% on want-nots, so work that appears like, at instances, it is getting in the best way of my desires really. Sarah Ellis: So, one of many issues that we mirrored on is, I feel you usually have fairly an emotional response to desires, wants and want-nots, as a result of it feels irritating, possibly worse than that, possibly it feels constraining, you may really feel such as you’re not utilizing your strengths, otherwise you’re not attending to do your greatest work.  You may in all probability see what you’d wish to be doing, however possibly that is not what you are spending your time on. So, we had been like, you can find yourself virtually going spherical in circles, or really feel such as you’re caught.  So, I feel you wish to transfer away from feelings, we clearly do not wish to ignore them, however get fairly sensible about going, “How are you going to vary that pie chart?  That pie chart just isn’t going to vary itself, so what may you do for desires, wants and want-nots?” For desires, we had been saying we predict it is useful to consider your good day within the life.  So, we really point out this earlier already on the podcast going, “If you happen to had been spending a day doing the work you wish to be doing, what’s that work?”  So, Helen, when you had been going to do this, simply give me — Helen Tupper: I really like this query! Sarah Ellis: “Sure, please, give me that query!”  She was like, “Do not speak about it for your self; ask me, ask me”!  So, go on then, you’ve got received your good day tomorrow, what are you going to be doing? Helen Tupper: I’ll begin with a breakfast assembly fairly early, like 8.00am, the place I’ll have a extremely good curious dialog with someone and discovering stuff out; that can be fairly ideas-sparking.  Then, I might return to the workplace, in all probability then have an hour to create one thing, as a result of that dialog would have sparked some concepts, so there’d be some sort of framework or toolkit or asset or an article, there’d be one thing, and I would wish to get on it straightaway and really feel like I had the liberty to do this, to create that; and the liberty to place that out into the world.  So, it could be each a time factor and a belief factor for me there; time to do it and the truth that Sarah can be, “Helen’s creating one other random article, off she goes”! Then, I would be pondering, “I’ve received to do a bit of labor”, as a result of up till then, I would be like, “Properly, that is the work I wish to do”, however now in all probability, what I imply then is that I must get onto the work I must do.  So, I would then spend just a little time simply wanting, “Okay, what do the crew want me to do, what are their priorities?” so I would spend a little bit of time getting a little bit of readability and simply prioritising a few of these wants. Then, I feel I might do some summer season classes for purchasers, so I may join with learners and assist folks with their profession improvement; that may really feel super-fulfilling, and I wish to squeeze quite a bit in, so possibly two classes, I would squeeze in there.  Then, I would must spend a little bit of time with you.  I would must possibly do a podcast, or possibly you and I might be speaking about one thing, we would wish to have — and it might be digital, or it might be in particular person; I do not must be with you, I must do issues with you, however no matter labored greatest, I would wish to have an excellent chunk of Sarah time. Then, I feel I might finish my day both going out connecting with another folks, that might be in the future, or possibly just a bit little bit of listening and studying, a little bit of a podcast on the practice, one thing like that.  That may really feel beautiful, I would really feel like that was an ideal day. Sarah Ellis: So, even simply I consider that sense of doing that, it is very nice to speak it via with another person, however how did it really feel, Helen?  So, when you had been going, you stated to me about 20% of your desires, the form of work you wish to be doing, so you’ve got simply described 100%, so we have now simply gone from 20% to 100%; however, what does that immediate you to consider doing, by way of actions you may take or adjustments you may make? Helen Tupper: Yeah, it is attention-grabbing, as a result of I feel if I take into consideration a day, I’ve lots of that in every week really.  However what I feel I am wanting extra, and possibly it is a bit too idealistic as a result of I feel I would like extra of that in a day, and I feel among the want-nots in all probability get in the best way of that.  It does make me assume that truly, I clearly love my work, I really like what I do, and it does make me assume, effectively your good day is actually a giant a part of your working week; you are simply on the lookout for extra of that on a day-to-day foundation. It additionally makes me assume a few of which may must be deliberate in just a little bit extra.  So, curious conversations over breakfast do not simply occur, you have to put these within the diary.  So, in the event that they’re that necessary to me, then plan them in, make them extra of a ritual for the best way that I work.  I feel having some sort of focus, like I want time to create one new device every week.  I would actually love to do this; I feel it is me at my greatest, shortly taking a conversational idea — Sarah Ellis: I am certain so would our listeners! Helen Tupper: Yeah!  It is helped me to assume extra particularly about one or two issues that I do not assume occur as repeatedly as I would love them to do.  However actually, my good day in all probability would not must be day by day.  I feel there are simply moments in that good day that I would wish to work into my week. Sarah Ellis: Properly, I assume what we’re aiming for right here is to not go from 20% to 100% day by day, however in all probability for that 20% to extra repeatedly really feel like 50% or 60%.  And we regularly have mini mantras in Superb If.  So, Helen and I discover it actually useful simply to have virtually they’re simply mini statements that assist us to propel us ahead and to make progress, relying on what’s taking place in our worlds in the mean time. We really do have one proper now, which is simply, “Considering forward”; they are not very revolutionary!  We’re speaking so much in the mean time about pondering forward, and the explanation that feels so necessary to us is as a result of we try to make some adjustments for everyone throughout the crew, by way of how a lot time folks spend on the work they wish to be doing, I feel one of many realisations that we have now had excited about that is, you have to assume forward. As Helen described, redesigning a few of your days, a few of your weeks, the way you spend a few of your time, what all this seems to be like, it would not simply step by step occur to you, it’s a must to actually create this variation.  So, pondering forward is absolutely serving to us, as a result of more often than not, I feel with this, you possibly can’t in a single day in a short time make these things occur. So, we have now began to look and go, okay, so we have now been attempting out utilizing our Fridays in a really completely different manner.  We name them Freedom Fridays really, speaking about freedom, and our Freedom Fridays are the place we do not decide to plenty of issues within the calendars, we use them for curious conversations, we use them for studying.  So we’re like, “Okay, effectively let’s experiment with Freedom Fridays”, however after we first had that concept, we could not simply do it that Friday, since you’ve received conferences, or we have workshops that we’re working. For us, I feel, virtually doing the distinction between the place you’re and the perfection, however then you possibly can sort of work again from that, and as Helen stated, she realised that, “Really, I’ve received numerous this, however possibly simply not sufficient inside a day”.  After which for us, it has prompted us to do this sort of pondering forward.  Then, we have really received very sensible actions by way of adjustments that we’re making.  So, I feel this has moved us from possibly being fairly emotional about, “We’re not doing sufficient of the work we wish to be doing”, to really very sensible.  So, that is your first step. Helen Tupper: Step quantity two is to problem the work that needs to be performed.  So, that is the one which I stated was taking over 50% of my time.  So, my greatest chunk of time personally was spent on doing the work that needs to be performed.  Typically that’s true, however I do not assume it all the time is, as a result of possibly you feel like it’s a must to be the one doing the work, or that work has to get performed by a sure date.  I positively self-create deadlines for no wise motive that I can consider. However for this one, for step two, assume just a little bit about, with no matter work is falling into that large bucket for you, what you can cease, is there something you can simply cease when you actually checked out it laborious sufficient; what you can possibly stall, so possibly one thing may decelerate, do you’ll want to do all these deadlines fairly as quick as you is perhaps creating them; or, what may someone else do? I feel what’s actually helpful right here is to run this by someone else as effectively, as a result of I feel you possibly can shield this pot quite a bit; you are like, “It positively must be performed, and I am positively the one who must do it, and also you justify it on a regular basis. Sarah Ellis: Which sounds precisely such as you each week! Helen Tupper: Sure, Sarah.  Gosh, does anyone else assume that I’ve to be very strong to have a relationship with Sarah?!  I am joking!  However really, in all seriousness, Sarah is an excellent challenger; you’re.  And so, I might make assumptions, and you’d take a look at these assumptions, usually with out the emotion that I might need once I’m making the selections about these issues and say, “Properly, what when you weren’t doing this, who may?” or, “What if we did gradual that down for a month?”  You are superb at difficult, or teaching me, but in addition difficult me on the similar time; you are a difficult coach.  I feel, in case you have any of these folks in your work life, they’re very, very useful to convey into this course of. Sarah Ellis: And so, the ultimate step, which is about your want-nots, so that is the work that is getting in your manner, and we had been pondering, “Properly, if this was straightforward to resolve, you in all probability would have performed one thing already”.  So, we reckon you have to have a go at doing one thing dramatically completely different.  So, possibly that is virtually excited about, “What’s the concept that you could have discounted as a result of it is too bold?” or, “What is the factor that you simply by no means thought you’d do?” Possibly you are positioning it as a pilot or as an experiment.  So, we have now received a few issues the place we’re pondering, we do issues that we have now been doing for a very long time.  You realize usually, as a result of you are able to do one thing for a very long time, you simply really feel like, “However that is simply what we do” but in addition, on the similar time, it’s feeling prefer it’s getting in your manner?  Possibly it is time-consuming, possibly it feels prefer it’s taking away some freedom in that day.  Possibly it is not likely now work you wish to be doing, however it feels laborious to let go of for some motive. We have one factor that we’re in the mean time the place it feels laborious to let go of, as a result of we have now all the time performed it, since day one just about, month one, of Superb If.  And so, that is the place we had been saying, virtually you have to rip up the rulebook.  You realize, it is the Sacred Cow factor, is not it?  You have to let go of these Sacred Cows and go, “Think about that did not exist, how would you are feeling about that?” or, “Think about if we experimented with possibly doing that in a very completely different manner.  If we remind ourselves why we do this factor, what are 4 different ways in which you can nonetheless obtain that ‘why’ that look very completely different to the best way you execute on it right now?” I feel that is the place you have to both come on the why, or the issue, from a very completely different perspective.  Definitely, it is helped us.  It helped us after we had been pondering of a few completely different examples right here, as a result of I am undecided incremental motion is the reply right here for the want-nots, as a result of if it was — Helen Tupper: It could be straightforward, would not it?  You’d simply repair it. Sarah Ellis: You would be good sufficient, yeah. Helen Tupper: You would be like, “I do wish to do it”, and simply go for it and simply do not do it, simply change one thing tomorrow.  However you are like, “Properly, no, it needs to be that basic a change that it makes that large a distinction to your freedom”. Sarah Ellis: And once more, I do not know what you are feeling about this, Helen, however I really feel like that is laborious to do by your self.  We received to some good solutions on this one after we had been actually critiquing our personal enterprise to examine that this concept works, and we received to some good things; however I feel I wanted that inside dialog.  So once more, whether or not this can be a work good friend, whether or not this can be a supervisor, a casual mentor, however somebody who I feel in all probability understands your work effectively sufficient, has received sufficient empathy by way of your day-to-day that they might help you to discover this, I feel that’s helpful. I feel all of this, of the three, I feel all of them in all probability contain different folks, however this one simply appears like attempting to repair this all by your self I feel places lots of strain in your, but in addition you in all probability will not get to such good assume in your solutions. Helen Tupper: So, we’ll cease there, as a result of I feel we have given you numerous that will help you with the subject of freedom.  Only a recap, in order that half one was all about determining your freedom, so excited about that RAG standing, pink, amber, inexperienced, on time, trusts and duties in the mean time, and mind-mapping what was getting in your manner.  After which, half two, we gave you all these completely different concepts for locating your freedom.  So, if possibly the problem’s a bit about time, we talked concerning the this-or-that transparency; if it is extra about belief, we talked concerning the undertaking on a web page; and really, if it is extra about duties, that pie chart that we simply talked about there. Sarah Ellis: So, thanks a lot for listening, everybody.  Every little thing we have now talked about right now can be summarised on the PodSheet, so remember to take a look at that, when you simply need a useful — it is sort of undertaking on a web page; it is form of podcast on a web page, to be trustworthy!  So, that is there for you when you want it.  And we do actually hope we have now helped you to determine and discover extra freedom via the work that you simply do and in your Squiggly Careers, as a result of I feel this can be a actually necessary matter, and one which we actually hope we have been useful with.  So, thanks a lot for listening, and we’ll be again with you once more quickly.  Bye for now. Helen Tupper: Bye everybody.


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