Here I want to share with you two things. Some of what I did on my vacation. But what might be more exciting, some of my thoughts right after the vacation.
First of all: Taking a vacation is a necessity, not a luxury!
Taking time to recharge, broaden your horizon and just relax should be mandatory. Not only once a year. I´m thinking more like once every quarter of the year.
I spent quite a lot of time by a pool and on the beach reading. Drawing and coloring. And watching the sky, the sun, and the clouds. I read 7 fictions.
I did pretty well most days staying in the present moment. And enjoying being with my husband. Walking on the beach, laughing and eating ice-cream.
Did so much better than in a vacation I had several years ago, which was not so fun, and I have told you about before.
Second: After all the relaxation and thinking on my vacation I´m so excited about the future!
The future of HR. The future of leadership. The future with coming generations. The future of technology. I guess I´m pretty high and excited after this vacation. And I am so looking forward to going all charged to my work next week. Lucky me.
What stands out, of what I was thinking about the future, are the following topics.
The future of HR and Leadership
Now, this is a topic to write many books about but here are my thoughts on it, in short. I see the Human coming back to Human Resource Management. I see leaders starting to look more within, to practice stronger self-leadership. And that way becoming better leaders for others.
Employee or Freelancer / Entrepreneur
In the not so distant future, you will not have to choose either or. The world is not black or white. It will be fully accepted by everyone to mix those forms of making a living. To use your talents in the best possible way. For you and those who you choose to give access to your expertize.
I was thinking about doing a SWOT analysis for me, on those forms of making a living. But I couldn´t. It didn´t make sense since all these forms are merging anyway these days.
Midcareer crisis is not a crisis
Midcareer crisis is a topic I recently became interested in. Since then I have been reading a lot, and talking to people, about it. I have already, as a speaker, given one presentation on that topic. Where I spoke to FKA (Association of Women Business Leaders in Iceland) about midcareer crisis and how not to get stuck in old stories of success, but how to create new ones.
Midcareer crisis is not a crisis, but a time to check in with yourself. A time to see if you want to make some changes, big or small.
Please answer the following questions, for yourself.
Are you still enjoying the field you work in? Are you still enjoying how you go about making a living? Do you like your daily schedule? Do you like your lifestyle? Do you have enough time for yourself? Are you taking time to exercise? To travel? To read? To relax? To do the things YOU like? To have fun with the most important people in your life?
Nowadays it is not uncommon for people to make all kinds of U-turns in their careers. To mix employment and freelancing. And it is just so OK. You are a grown-up, find the mix that works best for you.
Now to you.
Do you agree or disagree with my ideas on these topics? Anything you want to add?
Please feel free to share with me in the comments section below. I will then get back to you on it, with more of my thoughts and insights.
My book; Rekindling your spark: Strategy for better Self-Leadership is available on Amazon.
It includes various tips, tools and exercises.