The Secret to Finding Time for the Career Your Heart Wants

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Do you struggle to find time to look for a career that fulfills you?

Perhaps you can relate to Sandra’s story. She gets up early in the morning and works out. Then she goes to her full time job, a job that leaves her feeling drained and empty, but at least it pays the bills. The projects at work demand long hours. When she comes home, she has more responsibilities. She picks up her son from some after school activity, and then takes her daughter to karate lessons. She discovers the dog is sick and needs to be taken to vet. By the time she gets everything done, she is exhausted. The last thing she wants to do is any work to figure out what kind of career she’d love, or look for a new job.

Sandra would love to find a career she loves, and a jobs she enjoys. But there just doesn’t seem to be time left for that. So what can she do? How can she find the time?

Do you relate to Sandra? Do you wonder how you, too, can find the time? I have walked in Sandra’s shoes, and felt a similar sense of frustration and overwhelm when trying to make time for my own career transformation.

I want to share with you three simple steps I discovered, which you can take in as little as 15 minutes. When you first do them, they may feel uncomfortable. Over time, however, they will really support you in being in a career that you love.

  1. Begin by pausing for moment and imagine how your life would be different if you had a career you love. What would it be like for you to enjoy your job? Give yourself 5 full minutes to really imagine how this would look, feel, and sound for you. How would this affect your overall health and well-being? How might it affect those around you?
  2. Now is the time to make having this experience a top priority for yourself. Consider how important this is to you and for you. How badly do you want it?
  3. Next pull out your calendar and schedule time for your career transformation activities. Give them your best time. For me, I think better in the morning, and connect with others better in the afternoon. So for any project where I need to think (such as the work to figure out your strengths, skills and passions, and to do job research), I schedule time in the morning. For things where I need to talk to others or make appointments (like working with a coach and scheduling informational or job interviews), I schedule those in the afternoon.
    Put your specific career transformation activities in your calendar and treat those appointments as if they are critical meetings with someone very important. These are critical meetings, and the someone is who very important is YOU! Do not schedule anything else at the same time. If you are tempted to double book yourself or give up this time, then repeat steps 1 and 2 until you remember this is important.

If you have never done this before, you may feel nervous or uncomfortable for guarding this time so closely. But as you do this more and more, you will feel empowered by the experience. And you will be on the path to having a career you love and a job you enjoy.

I challenge you to spend the next 15 minutes and take these 3 steps. And please let me know what happens for you by sending me an email or sharing your experiences below.

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Client Stories

What did you need at the time you hired Lori?

I wanted to work in my industry and didn't know how to progress any further than I was. I knew I had much experience that could be put in the industry of my choice but not how to parlay that experience. I needed guidance.

What did you and Lori do together?

Many, many things. Overall, to get clear in my mind what I offered and really what I wanted in a work environment. Every week was another epiphany after another. One of my favorites was the "knowing your core values". Having had some experience on this subject I was all ready to dive-in. Core Values is key. Knowing your core values. 

Lori makes it so easy to pinpoint. One time we were speaking about something else and we both realized...OMG...that is a core value for me. I hadn't written it down before, but discovered later that if ever a core value fit was the one I mentioned at that time.  Knowing that piece of information also answered a long standing question in my head.  One of the "why's" as to my constant upset with other places I had worked.

What were the results from working with Lori?

Many things. One is a great looking resume. I thought, wow, I look good and it was all from work I had already done elsewhere but didn't know how to say it or present it. Another is the clarity of knowing where I will feel good when I do work. What I really want and with the kind of people I really want to work with on a daily basis. This entire process is so valuable. The best money I ever spent and I am not kidding or exaggerating. I was only hoping it would be valuable and it really was valuable.< I know stuff and it has value and is marketable. Lori showed me those things and it gives me confidence.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Lori delivers above and beyond. The highest quality of exchange, 'more than you expected.' I told my friends this over and over: 'I wish I had her 10-20-even 30 years ago.' Every one, and I mean EVERYONE, needs a Lori. Her understanding,patience, how she problem solves, putting things in simple terms, was mind blowing. I wish I could that well. I present a problem and she could turn it around and yes...another epiphany.

Lori, is worth every penny. It isn't about a title. It is about enjoying everyday doing work you love with people you like and are like minded. You'll know what you are looking for when you interview.  I never say this, but I will say it here. Lori is a major key into the rest of my life doing what I always wanted to do. That is: Being happy doing what I do, everyday. Something I have been saying for years. Allowing be Sherlock.  Finding my people. They are out there and now I know what I am looking for in that respect.


Sherlock Ganz, Los Angeles, CA