During the course of a coaching programme, many of my clients will make some pretty big changes to their work or to their lives. These big changes have dramatic results.
What happens after that? Is that it – job done? No, not usually. Whether it’s to ensure that they maintain the change they have achieved or to continue to make progress, my clients often move on to making small changes.
Recently, I asked some of them if they could give me one example of a small change they were making so that I could share them with you. Where relevant, I’ve included hyperlinks.
- I use the 900 second technique to help me do the things I sometimes put off.
- Making sure I leave the office for at least 15 minutes every single day: it’s good for my eyes to look at something other than my screen, it’s good for my body to get some fresh air, it’s good for my mind to get a fresh perspective.
- After you told me about Matilda Kahl, I decided that devising my own work uniform could work for me too. I’ve been doing it for 8 months now and it saves me so much time.
- I’m at events all the time and I use CamCard to capture data from the business cards I collect rather than entering it manually.
- Rather than running downstairs to buy unhealthy and expensive snacks in the canteen, my team are all chipping in to a kitty and each week one of us provides healthy treats.
- I’ve negotiated an earlier start time so that I can pick up my little boy from nursery. It’s made it easier for my wife to return to her job now her maternity leave is over.
- I’ve invested in a daylight lamp which makes such a difference to my wellbeing during the darker months.
- Every day, I take 10 minutes before I leave the office to tidy my desk and to list my priorities for the following day.
- We used to waste so much time looking for phones, keys, chargers etc at home: now we have a divided tray on the table in the hallway with a section for us of us to leave our stuff as we get in from work/school.
- I realised I’m never going to give up on my coffee but I do make sure I drink a big glass of water every time I drink a coffee!
- I’m using ‘saying yes/saying no‘ to help me establish my priorities and make better decisions.
- My work phone is switched on half an hour before my work day starts and is switched off half an hour after I get home.
- Buying a laptop stand has meant that I can work comfortably standing or sitting which has helped me overcome issues with my back.
- I have a weekly check in with a colleague so we can keep each other mutually accountable for our goals.
- Planning my diary with margins around my meetings means that I arrive on time and in the right frame of mind.
As you can see, none of these is a huge change. They are all tweaks, or a trimming of the sails, which help my clients little by little to make the progress they want to see at work or at home.
Today’s pebble for your thoughts: is there a small change you can make which will have a big impact?
Turning over pebbles is the blog of Thinking Space Coaching.
If you’re ready to make changes – big or small – to your work or your life, why not email me to see how we can work together?