Follow your dreams: How can I do what I want in 2024?

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As we’re heading into the end of the tax year it seems a natural time to reassess how things are going for you in your work as an accountant.

Give yourself permission to be happy. It’s easy to focus on your client’s success and productivity but are you enjoying what you’re doing? It’s important to be honest with yourself. Don’t feel like you’re letting anyone down by changing direction. You’re being kind to yourself by not staying somewhere where you’re unhappy. We all spend far too much time at work to waste that big part of our lives being unhappy. So what do you want from 2024?

Reflect for success

So, let’s stop a minute and take some time to reflect.  As an accountant, do you feel fulfilled in your role? Does something about your work life not feel quite right? Maybe you used to be very happy in your role but now you have outgrown it or your priorities have changed. Perhaps there has been a change in management and you no longer feel as though you fit in with the new culture?

It is important that you have an honest conversation with yourself – maybe not within the earshot of others or you might get some funny looks – and think about what success in life looks like for you and is what you are doing currently leading you in the right direction.

This reflection is better out of the office and somewhere peaceful if you can.  I know that when I worked in London, carving some time out to gain some head space was particularly challenging; there always seemed to be people needing to talk to me, either physically or by phone.

However busy it was, though, I always took my hour for lunch and went for a walk.  I believe this is crucial to do, for both your physical and mental wellbeing.

Nowadays if I need a break from working in my office, I head to Tesco Café. This may seem an odd place as it’s not peaceful, but it’s brightly lit, plus you have plenty of space from other people. But the main point is that I only have with me what I have decided to concentrate on. By doing this it’s surprising how effective the time out of the office is!

Choose a place that works for you and allow yourself time to think about where you are now and where you would like to be.  Perhaps it will be enough for you to be able to just give yourself that headspace to reflect, or maybe you will want to jot some notes or record some thoughts in a voice memo to return to later.

But taking that time out is the first step. You’re saying to yourself, ‘I’m valuable and I need to look after me.’

The positive aspect of having an accounting qualification is that you have many choices of where you can go with your career; of course, this can be a disadvantage as you have so much choice! Being specific about what success looks like for you may help narrow down your options and lead you on the right path.

Ask yourself:

(and be as detailed as you can with your replies)

  • Do you love what you’re doing? Be completely honest.
  • Do you go to bed on a Sunday night looking forward to the week ahead or are you dreading it?
  • If you work from home, do you enjoy it or hate it? Whatever your answer, can your place of work improve your situation in the future?
  • Which parts of work do you enjoy?
  • Which parts of work do you detest?
  • What does success mean to you?
  • Is there the opportunity for you to move closer to being successful in your current role?
  • Do you have a good relationship with your clients/colleagues?
  • Are you happy with the hours you work each week?

The Verdict

So how did you get on? Are you happy where you are, or do you need to set a plan in motion for moving? Did some of your responses surprise you? Perhaps you’ve realised that many of your long-held beliefs or priorities have changed over the years without you realising it. I know mine have!

Giving yourself the headspace to consider your options is the first step to leading a happy and fulfilling life – and success will follow.

I know it’s not easy doing all of this on your own but it needs to start with you as you’re the one who is possibly dissatisfied and the only one who can ignite the change needed.

It’s important to enjoy what you do as a career and find it fulfilling. As I said before, we spend far too much time in work to be unhappy in our roles.

To help you get started, I have some free resources including my future planning mind map.

Who can I ask for help?

Evaluating my current position has always been important to me. I take time out to review where I am and if everything is flowing in the way that I enjoy. However, I also recognise how important it is to brainstorm with someone independent.

Depending on what’s on my mind will depend on the person I choose. There is always someone there to help you.

As I’ve said, getting clarity is easier if you can talk to someone. They need to be:

  • Independent
  • Someone you trust
  • Understanding of the direction you want to go in

Do your research and don’t be afraid to ask for an introductory chat/Zoom with any coaches or mentors you are considering before you commit. You have to be a good match to get the best out of the sessions. Read my blog to see how a mentor could help you.

I offer a 30-minute free discovery call if you would like to discuss your options with me. I would love to help you achieve success – whatever that looks like for you!

So, use this time to reflect on your life and how to get the best out of your career. Remember you spend a long time at work; it’s important to enjoy it!

Anna Goodwin @2024 All Rights Reserved.

www.annagoodwinaccountancy.co.uk