CHAPTER 14 YOUR WORKLIFE YOUR WAY By Carmel O’ Reilly

CHAPTER 14

 What Completely Engages you in your WorkLife and How can you Use this to Create your Go Be Do Joie De Vivre WorkLife Living Plan

Go, Be, Do, Go to interesting places, Be with interesting people, Do interesting things.” Tim Ferriss Show

I listen to The Tim Ferriss Show, a podcast where he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas to extract the tactics, tools and routines they use. You should check it out, it is really inspiring. A favourite question of mine, which Tim asks all of his guests, is: “What message would you put on a billboard?” One of my favourite answers was: “Go Be Do”, because it reminded me that when I am living my WorkLife fully, this is what I am doing; and when I am not, I ask myself where I want to go, who do I want to be with, and what do I want to do. In fact, I’ve created my ‘Joie De Vivre’ WorkLifeLiving – living my best WorkLife plan from this. 

A Case Study

My Story: What Completely Engages Me in my WorkLife and my Go Be Do: Joie De Vivre WorkLifeLiving Plan

What is it you find yourself doing when you are completely engrossed, and the time just passes by so you have to remind yourself to stop to eat, and before you know it the morning has turned into evening and you can still continue with what you are doing into the night. For me, lately it is writing; and I say lately as I suppose part of me wonders if this is a passing phase, and if my thought process will dry up soon.

Why do I want to write? Because as Colin Firth said in his role as George VI in The King’s Speech: “I have a voice”, and I am discovering writing to be a great expression of that. Being the reflective soul I am, writing is a more natural medium for me to get my thinking out into the world, as opposed to impromptu speaking. As Mark Twain once said: “it takes me three weeks to prepare for an impromptu speech.”

My professional and personal development is important to me, as I expect it is for you. For some of you it will be an important perk of your job, if you are fortunate that support to continue to progress and develop in your WorkLife is part of your reward package. 

However, what do you do if the development budget has been frozen, or like me you need to fund your own learning and development. Or what if you want to develop skills for something you aspire to do in the future and cannot get a buy in from your manager to approve this because they cannot see how it will support you in your current role, and actually you do not really want them to know about it anyway.

The good news is there are ways to gain skills that will serve you in progressing your WorkLife path in the direction of your choice, and this can be done in a manner that fits into your WorkLife in an inspiring way that is enjoyable, rewarding, fun and cost effective. 

For example, once I knew I wanted the next stage of my next WorkLife to be about supporting individuals in their WorkLife learning and development, I undertook a degree in Career Coaching and Career Management. This was a significant investment, but knowing the work I aspired to do, I knew to be able to support others I needed a good theoretical foundation that I could then personalise to my clients’ needs. This has led me to where I am now, and I am thoroughly enjoying my WorkLife and learning so much from the people I support through my work. 

And so, to continue my own learning and development and move my WorkLife in the direction I want to, I have identified that I want to develop my research and development skills along with my writing skills. For the moment I am not going to invest in any specific training to do this, but instead I am adapting a hands-on approach of just getting stuck in and building a little of this into my day.

The purpose of this is to become a specialist in my area by staying up to date with what is going on in my industry, and across other industries.  Discovering new ways of doing things, and as a result be able to support people in a manner that draws on expertise, is fresh, interesting, creative, innovative and fun.

Other areas I want to develop are my technical ability and my marketing skills – in the past I have to admit I was a little phobic about technology. So, to facilitate this development need, I built my first websites, and I am learning all about social media. I have to say I am really enjoying it; and of course it is a double whammy because along the way I am creating content that is helpful for people. As a result, my business, and my business skills, are also growing – so a win/win really.

And what if as an aspiring writer my thought process dries up, and I develop writer’s block as they say? Well that is when the romantic side of me kicks in, and I think I will take myself off to a beautiful location, perhaps a French, Spanish or Italian home that has a vineyard for a backyard. My creative juices are sure to flow once more – or it may just seem that way a vintage or two later!

Develop Your WorkLife Story

If I can do it so can you. Just think about what you are doing when you are completely engaged and build more of this into your day. Then think about the skills you want to develop, and you will find ways to take a hands-on approach to make this happen. 

What Completely Engages You in your WorkLife Assignment

What are you doing when you are completely engrossed?

How can you build more of this into your day, your week, your month?

What skills do you want to develop to become better at this?

Are there any further supporting skills you want to develop?

Your Go Be Do Assignment 

What interesting places do you want to Go to?

What interesting people do you want to Be with?

What interesting things to you want to Do?

From this Create Your Go Be Do WorkLifeLiving Plan

For example:

I do want to go to vineyards. While saying this was a fun way to bring my story to a close, as the old adage goes: “Many a true word is spoken in jest.” Why do I want to go? Well apart from the fact that I really like wine, I also love vineyards. I know that a vineyard road trip will take me to interesting places. I will meet interesting people along the way: the people behind the vineyard and their stories, as well as fellow wine lovers. I will learn about wine and get to develop my appreciation. I will write about it by way of sharing my stories and developing my writing ability. I will take photographs, maybe even videos, which will allow me to develop other skills I have identified I want. I want to develop them to embrace my interests in photography and filming, and also because I want to use photos and videos as part my marketing. I want to bring different elements of my WorkLife together, and this is a natural way to do that.

The Moral of this Story

Identifying what you are doing when you are completely engaged will allow you to build more of this into your WorkLife. Using your Go Be Do to create your Joie De Vivre WorkLife living plan will allow you to live your WorkLife to the fullest. 

Develop a Practice of Continuous Self-Feedback 

This might just well be one of my favourite exercises! Giving myself feedback on my Go Be Do WorkLifeLiving Plan. To do this I simply ask myself the following questions when I am planning something from my Joie De Vivre WorkLifeLiving Plan.

Develop a Practice of Insightful Self-Questioning 

Where do I want to go?

Who do I want to be with?  This can also be: Who do I want to meet? (I’ve got an ever-growing list)

What do I want to do?

Words of Wisdom

Make asking yourself these questions a continuous practice. I know you will enjoy it as much as I do.

© Carmel O’ Reilly 2019 First published 2019 by WorkLife Incorporated

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Published by Carmel O' Reilly

I’m Carmel O’ Reilly, Founder of www.worklifeincorporated.com. I’m the author Your WorkLife Your Way, blogger and podcaster on the subject of WorkLife. My work focuses on helping people to live their best WorkLives, by managing their learning, development and growth, through effective self-feedback, insightful self-questions and the ability to shape and tell their unique story. My Mission is: “To spread the power of WorkLives lived with Passion, Purpose and Pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes that are accessible to everyone.”

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