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3 important reminders for when you’re feeling ‘behind’ on life

From navigating the turbulent modern-day job market to finding your feet in a new role and learning to adapt to different ways of working; life as an interim can sometimes feel like a whirlwind. It’s all part of the fun, right?

However, sometimes constant change can knock you off balance and have you questioning whether you’re falling behind in life. But don’t worry, this is normal as everyone feels like this now and again. The important thing is being able to get back on your feet and keep moving forward. In this blog, we share three important reminders for when you’re feeling ‘behind’ in life.

1.It’s not a race

It’s human nature to constantly compare our lives to those around us, whether it be career progression, relationships, economic status, social standing…the list goes on. However, when you end up down this very familiar rabbit hole, it’s crucial you hop back out again – 

and pronto. Why? Because comparing yourself to others won’t get you anywhere. Instead, focus on your own journey and the choices that will make you, as an individual, happy. 

Life is not a race, and your career is not a linear path. It’s okay if your journey doesn’t mirror the traditional 9-to-5 trajectory. In fact, as an interim, you can take advantage of the fact that you have a level of flexibility that most won’t have ever had the luxury of!

2. ‘Doom scrolling’ on LinkedIn: don’t do it

When looking for new opportunities, most people naturally gravitate towards LinkedIn. While it’s a great tool for the job hunt, doom scrolling on LinkedIn can lead you down the rabbit hole (aka making unhealthy comparisons with others). Seeing posts about colleagues’ promotions, career successes, or impressive achievements may make you feel inadequate or insecure about your own career.

Again, time spent doom scrolling is time taken away from more productive activities, such as job searching, skill-building, or networking with relevant professionals. This can hinder your professional progress.

3.Set meaningful goals

Feeling behind in life often stems from comparing yourself to others or measuring success solely by external markers. To regain a sense of purpose and direction, set meaningful goals that align with your values and aspirations.

Take the time to reflect on what truly matters to you. Are there specific skills you want to develop, industries you’re passionate about, or personal achievements you want to pursue? Setting goals, whether they are career-related or personal, can give your life structure and purpose. Break them down into manageable steps and celebrate your progress along the way. Remember that your journey is unique, and your goals should reflect what makes you feel fulfilled, not what society expects of you!

If you’re looking for a change in direction, then you’re in the right place! Give our consultants a call on 0203 929 4000 today to find out more about our exciting interim opportunities.

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