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Reflect on journey so far

Check in with your mentor

Activity type:
Act
Number of participants:
  • Individual
  • Mentor
30 minutes
Have you got a mentor? If not, make it a priority to select somebody. If you have, book in your sessions for the rest of the 12 months. What do you want support with? What activities will you share?

Example timetable for self directed day

Activity type:
Act
Number of participants:
  • Peer Group
15 minutes
Stuck for what to do on your self directed day? This agenda is offered as a guide for how to plan and structure your time.

Making the most of your Peer Group

Activity type:
Reflect
Number of participants:
  • Peer Group
30 minutes
Set time aside to decide how you will work together throughout the programme. Book times in to meet after each Module. Work through or revisit Handout 4 in your Module 2 Workbooks.

One year plan

Activity type:
Act
Number of participants:
  • Individual
  • Mentor
60 minutes
Set time aside to work on your one year plan.
- Is it complete?
- Have you shared it with your mentor?
- Have you taken any actions to complete any milestones?
- Keep focussed on this!

Where are you with your career plan?

Activity type:
Act
Number of participants:
  • Individual
  • Mentor
60 minutes
Set aside time to work on your career plan. Suggestions:
- Take on board comments from Module 1
- Share with your mentor
- Redraft based on reflections
- Start working towards your first milestone

Ideal Life

Gain control of your free time

Activity type:
Reflect
Number of participants:
  • Individual
  • Peer Group
12 minutes
There are 168 hours in each week. How do we find time for what matters most? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam offers a few practical strategies to help find more time for what matters to us

Ideal Life Pattern

Activity type:
Reflect
Number of participants:
  • Individual
  • Mentor
  • Peer Group
30 minutes
Have you completed your Ideal Life Pattern (Handout 8 in Workbook)?
Does it reflect your ideal?
Share it with your mentor, peer group, family.
What steps do you want to take to get to your ideal?

Re-imagining Work

Activity type:
Learn
Number of participants:
  • Individual
  • Peer Group
10 minutes
Watch this video from Dave Coplin at Microsoft on what's possible if organisations could embrace tech to create an open, collaborative, flexible working culture.

What do you think?

Schedule what's important to you

Activity type:
Act
Number of participants:
  • Individual
20 minutes
Using your Wheel of Life, your 8 Life Choices and your Ideal Life Plan, what do you want to put in your diary to increase the chance of it happening - either regularly or as a one off. Do it!

Balance

3 rules for better work-life balance

Activity type:
Reflect
Number of participants:
  • Individual
  • Peer Group
5 minutes
According to behavioral scientist and Harvard Business School professor Ashley Whillans, "always-on" work culture is not only ruining our personal well-being - but our work, as well.

3 steps to stop remote work burnout

Activity type:
Reflect
Number of participants:
  • Individual
  • Peer Group
5 minutes
Too much screen time, too many video calls and too few boundaries make working from home hard for all of us.

How to make work-life balance work

Activity type:
Reflect
Number of participants:
  • Individual
  • Peer Group
10 minutes
Nigel Marsh sets out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity -- and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

Practice saying 'No'

Activity type:
Act
Number of participants:
  • Mentor
  • Peer Group
15 minutes
Practice saying no by real-playing with your peer group or mentor. Use specific examples to practice what language, tone, body language and strategies you will use to say 'no' in the way you want to.

Shadow somebody who inspires you with their balance

Activity type:
Act
Number of participants:
  • Individual
  • Peer Group
60 minutes
Who inspires you with their 'balance'? Reach out and ask to shadow or have a (virtual) cuppa with them - think about what you want to ask them or see them in action doing and email them!

Ten tips for a better work-life balance

Activity type:
Learn
Number of participants:
  • Individual
  • Mentor
10 minutes
Read tips from The Guardian's Stuart Jeffries; 'If you’re happy working every hour God sends, good for you. If not, here’s some advice on how to give your wellbeing a boost along with your career'.

Prioritisation

Framework Questions for saying No

Activity type:
Reflect
Number of participants:
  • Individual
15 minutes
Define your Framework Questions that will help you when you are asked to do something you'd like to say 'no' to, but feel pressured to say 'yes' (Handout 6). Use them next time you're asked.

How to use the Eisenhower matrix to prioritise your tasks

Activity type:
Act
Number of participants:
  • Individual
3 minutes
The Eisenhower Matrix helps you decide on and prioritise tasks by urgency and importance, sorting out less urgent and important tasks which you should either delegate or not do at all!

I'm too busy! How can we get out of this busyness trap?

Activity type:
Reflect
Number of participants:
  • Individual
5 minutes
Watch Oliver Burkeman suggest a solution for those who feel there's no longer a ceiling on how much you can theoretically get done and so constantly feel overwhelmed.

Ten email commandments

Activity type:
Learn
Number of participants:
  • Individual
30 minutes
Read article from Tim Harford's who says 'There have never been so many ways to get things done – or so many distractions. This is the ultimate guide to mastering the technology that rules our lives'

The Pareto Principle

Activity type:
Learn
Number of participants:
  • Individual
  • Peer Group
15 minutes
The Pareto Principle - also known as the "80/20 Rule" - states that roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. Think how you can prioritise by applying this rule to your life.

Why multitasking doesn't work

Activity type:
Learn
Number of participants:
  • Individual
  • Mentor
  • Peer Group
10 minutes
This article argues the case that not only does multi-tasking decrease your productivity but it also has a negative impact on your mental health, and can even affect your IQ.

Mindfulness

Get some headspace

Activity type:
Act
Number of participants:
  • Individual
12 minutes
Recommended by Thresholds facilitators: headspace app - meditation made simple
Taking even the most skeptical through some easy and simple guided mindfulness practices

Intro to Mindfulness

Activity type:
Learn
Number of participants:
  • Individual
  • Peer Group
3 minutes
What is mindfulness? Watch this short video for simple introduction and explanation on what it means to practise mindfulness

Want to try? Insight timer app

Activity type:
Act
Number of participants:
  • Individual
15 minutes
Recommended by facilitators: insighttimer app
Free resource to help any level practice mindfulness, meditation, yoga, music and more

What is Mindfulness and how can it help us?

Activity type:
Learn
Number of participants:
  • Individual
10 minutes
Read this short introductory blog by our resident Mindfulness Teacher and Associate Facilitator Nicola Lowit on mindfulness and how it can help.

What is Mindfulness?

Activity type:
Learn
Number of participants:
  • Individual
14 minutes
Mindfulness means deliberately attending to and becoming more aware of our experience: our thoughts, feelings and body sensations. Read on to find out more about how it can help calm a frantic mind