Wow it’s been a crazy few months. I’ve been working on some really exciting stuff, and just recently enjoyed a bit of quieter time to recharge my batteries. It’s that time which has allowed me to re-focus on what’s important to me. Afterall time’s precious, none of us has enough of it, and numerous clichés remind us of time trickling away before our eyes.
So what have I been up to?
In the last few months it’s become increasingly clear to me what makes me happy and more successful in my work. And that’s about great communication that’s honest, transparent and makes a real difference. I’ve worked on a variety of projects, some I’ve loved and some I’ve found less rewarding.
One of those areas where I get a real sense of achievement is my work with CIPR Inside. Over the past few months I have been fully engrossed in delivering the #insidestory awards 2014 for the group. It’s a really interesting project, I get to work with and meet some brilliant professionals from the internal communication profession. High profile winners included ASDA, Coca Cola Enterprises and DWP. We held our awards ceremony at the Gherkin with Steph McGovern as our host for the evening. Seeing the whole project through from start to end gives me such a huge sense of achievement.
Alongside that I’ve had a couple of other big confidential projects on the go, and made the leap to turn Little Bird Communication into a Limited business. I confess, my poor blog has been neglected while I’ve been focussing on my client work and directing my business.
The importance of taking time out when you can
So, in the last month, I’ve gone from working what felt like more hours than there are in the week, to a much more manageable pace and I have to confess I have found it a bit difficult to adjust. I know less is more, and that quality outweighs quantity when it comes to measuring success. All the rational cases are sound, and I understand and believe in them.
But when you work for yourself, it’s scary to have quiet times. I know those quieter times are important, and give you time to re-energise yourself. Afterall when you freelance, your most valuable asset is you, and you have to look after yourself just as you would with any other business critical asset.
So I’m training myself to enjoy the quieter times, and relax (a bit).
And it’s working. I’ve recharged, I’ve reconnected with the purpose of my business and what’s important to me about my work. I’ve felt somewhat absent from it in the busy times.
So, my advice is, when a little bit of quiet comes your way, take it, try not to fill it with stuff, take it for you and your business.
I feel reunited with my business, to my love of honest and great communication that makes a difference, and ultimately the purpose of Little Bird Communication.
I’m looking forward to the year ahead with renewed vigour and business growth.
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