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Your Relaunch “Back to School Plan”

The “Back to School” stage of the summer has begun – you are buying school supplies, new clothes, preparing for activities, lunches, and piano practice. But where do YOU fit into the busyness? Let’s make sure that you have not forgotten to add yourself to the top of the Back to School list.

September is the perfect time of year to start your relaunch or pick up where you left off when school ended. Employers, colleagues, friends and contacts are heading back to work after summer holidays, budgets are being finalized for 2019, and everyone is energized to dive into the fall and get stuff done.

So how do you get started? If it feels easier said than done, the best way to ensure success come September is to make a plan now. A plan that accounts for your Family, your Boundaries, your Schedule and your Physical Health will help remove any perceived or real obstacles in your way. 

Family
Relaunching your career is a significant step for you, but also for your family. Even if they are 100% on board, the transition for them isn’t always easy. There are two ways you can start preparing your family: involve them in your relaunch AND behave as if you are already back at work.

The more involved your family feels (including your spouse!), the easier this will be on everyone. Include all of them in your relaunch – young children can ‘help’ you set up your workspace, pick out office supplies, and clothes you will wear. Older children can brainstorm with you, help you with your technology, and give you feedback on your messaging and meeting prep.

Also, think about what life will look like at your house when you go back to work. Will you hire extra help? Who will prepare dinners and do the errands you normally do? Do you need to think about more carpooling? Does your family need to do more work around the house? Getting the family on board as soon as possible helps with the emotional and practical hurdles of going back to work.

Set Boundaries
It is crucial to set clear boundaries for yourself as you prepare to relaunch. Boundaries are the line between where you begin and others end.  You may not be used to saying ‘no’ to others and you may not be used to creating a space for yourself that is devoted to work. The absence of boundaries at this time can sabotage you. Take some time over the next few days to get clear on what you are saying ‘yes’ to and what you are saying ‘no’ to this fall, outside of your relaunch work.

Relaunching your career will take hours each week – plan for at least 10-20 hours (and even more at times) and ensure that you are clear on where those hours are coming from in your life.

Set a Schedule
Once you are clear on your boundaries, you are ready to set a schedule. In the same way that you schedule in a volunteer commitment or a soccer practice, your relaunch work must be scheduled. Utilize the hours in the day when you have the most energy.  If you don’t know what to do on Day 1, refer to the iRelaunch Back to Work Roadmap and make a list of items to tackle. Choose one item each day, and you will see the momentum build.

Stay Fit
Relaunching your career is very exciting! It will require a lot of energy and you may feel out of practice and nervous when it comes to meetings, interviews, profile drafting, research and then actually working! Being physically fit helps you be emotionally fit, it builds your confidence and releases endorphins to keep positive. Also, if you have a regular fitness routine going, you are more likely to keep at it once you are back at work – a critical ingredient in work/life happiness!

With a plan in place, you are going to be ready, with the rest of your family, to hit the ground running this fall. AND, with boundaries, a schedule and your family cheering you on, you may even enjoy the process along the way! 

Valerie Cherneski is the Founder of Cherneski Coaching and is a member of the iRelaunch career coaching team.

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