The 5 AM Club

As the end of the year is approaching, it’s almost time to think about new year’s resolutions. Over the last couple of years, a certain trend can be found in mine. It’s always something with mindfulness, physical health and a personal writing project. That these resolutions come up year after year has to do with two causes. One: I like to continuously improve myself. More importantly, two: I seem to lack the time and energy to pursue all. Therefore, this month I am trying out different ways to incorporate my resolutions in my daily routine, before January comes around. As you might have guessed from the title, I have been trying to wake up at 5 AM and make them a part of my morning ritual. If you’re curious whether that’s been working out for me or like to know whether it’s something you might consider, make sure to read on.

Managing Your #Careerlion Expectations to Happiness

This week is all about expectation management. Your own expectations as well as those of others. Not only is it my own experience that managing expectations is critical, research has also shown that expectation management is your ticket to a happier life. Basically, your happiness is more dependent on whether things are going worse or better than expected opposed to the actual state. Good things come to those who wait right? Well, good things come to those who don’t expect it is probably more accurate. Read on if you want to know more about my experience with expectations and what are ways to lower your expectations where needed!

Five things to prepare you for your next job

After two and a half years as an Operational Excellence Consultant it was time for a new challenge: my second (real) job! I’m still sticking with the construction company I work for, but have made the switch to the IT department as Business Information Analyst. By the time you read this, I’ve pretty much survived my first month. However, I would lie if I’d say it wasn’t a bigger struggle than I bargained for. Therefore, I would like to share my five most important lessons from the past month and hope they will be of use (or comfort) when you’re starting at a new job (again).

The #Careerlion Guide to Video Conferencing

With the world globalising and people working more and more from different locations, video conferencing is part of many #careerlions’ work lives. While video conferencing allows us to work together remotely, it is also a breeding point for misunderstandings and frustration. Not only does video conferencing deprive us from emotional knowledge to better understand the context, there are also many practical and technical difficulties that I am sure you have experienced frequently as well. If you are having a bad day, it may well take you ten minutes to finally get connected and the meeting going. I don’t know how many times I have been on the call: “Hello, Bonjour, Can you hear me? Hello?”. This video is also a very funny, yet accurate, display of what video conferencing is like in real life. Today’s blog is focused on the difficulties paired with video calls and a guide to optimise them.

How To Manifest Your Dreams

Journaling has been a fascination of mine ever since I was a little girl. However, I was never disciplined enough to keep up with a daily journal. What I do enjoy is journaling on a more sporadic basis, like for gratitude or diet purposes. Another purpose of journaling I haven’t really elaborated on before is manifesting! Read on if you’re curious to see what it can do for you!

How to Motivate Yourself

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog for you on motivating others. With the winter blues well kicking in, especially coming home after work in the dark, this week’s blog is about motivating yourself. Motivating yourself is what is going to set you apart, true for any area in which you want to excel really. But how do you keep yourself motivated day in and day out, even on those days that you just want to stay in bed and watch Netflix all day? I hope the tips and tricks in this blog will help you power through your off-days and realise the goals you have set for yourself.

How to improve your Pomodoro

If you’re into increasing your personal productivity you must have heard (or already be using it) of the Pomodoro technique. You chop up your productivity into 25-minute chunks with five minute breaks in between (for a more elaborate explanation, read this). 

Personally, I like to use this technique when it comes to ticking off to do lists, not so much when I need larger chunks of time to perform some deep work. As I have been using this technique for quite a while now, I thought it was time to share some of my tips and tricks to improve your Pomodoro!

The Art of the Good Life Review for #Careerlions

Last week, I read The Art of The Good Life by Rolf Dobelli. This book is another bestseller, from the same writer as The Art of Thinking Clearly. After hyping the book, I convinced my boyfriend to get a copy that I, of course, had to read myself as well. As he prefers to read in Dutch, so did I for a change. The Dutch book also contains a lot of artwork that makes flying through the book and checking the page numbers even more satisfying. Another fun note is that Rolf Dobelli is apparently one of the co-founders of getAbstract! I only realised this reading the book. The book is about the 52 shortcuts that increase your chances at a good life. I imagine every #careerlion is on a quest to lead a good life, so today a review of The Art of The Good Life.

You don’t have to do anything

Coming home since my three-week holiday break hasn’t been as relaxing and refreshing as I would have expected it to be. I mean, dealing with uncertainty has always been a little hard for someone with anxious tendencies like me, but with stuff going on at work and with my health, anxiety might just have reached its peak. Therefore, Lianne Keemink’s (Dutch) book Je Moet (bijna) Niks (which translates into: You have to do (almost) nothing), came as a blessing. In her book Keemink, also known from the self-help hipster blog, gives her insights and lessons she learned from the world of self-help books in a nice and down to earth manner. As she gave some good reminders for us A-type personalities, I thought I would share my favourite ones with you.

Update: The Ultimate Planning Tool For a Career Lion

In 2016 (yes, that long ago), I wrote a blog for you about the ultimate planning tools for #careerlions. While I still use Trello sometimes, I have become a big fan of another tool called Edo Agenda. This I use mostly now, in addition to regular post its and Toggl. In today’s blog I will review this online tool for you and I explain why this tool has proven to me that it is a keeper and that it is recommendable.

How Forgiveness Makes You a Badass

One of my book readings the past holiday trip was Jen Sincero’s You Are A Badass. I couldn’t help but be triggered by Sincero’s chapter about forgiveness. Forgiving is something that doesn’t come easy for me. What got me thinking to approach it differently is Sincero’s statement: “Forgiving isn’t about being nice to them, it’s about being nice to yourself”. So, since I grant you your own moment of being a badass in forgiveness, I am sharing my favourite steps towards forgiveness from the book in today’s blogpost.

Getting #Careerlion Ready for Autumn

Not so long ago, I wrote about the books to read this autumn. Now that the last days of “good weather” seem to be behind us in the Netherlands, I will write to you about autumn necessities that you can’t go without (in my opinion of course). Everything you need to be as comfortable as possible in your #careerlion life now that autumn is really going to become reality.