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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Top tips on improving your resilience - Part 1

Last week I attended a course that was all about improving your own resilience.  You can't and no one else can increase the number of hours in a day, but what you can do is add capacity within your day if you improve your resilience.

I'm an early bird, most days.  My day starts at 5:10am and normally ends between 10-10.30pm.  And if I'm super busy or want to add another activity into my day, my natural reaction is to consider getting up earlier!!  I try not to do this often because I'm very much a 7 hours sleep chick!  

In fact, I'm currently writing this at 6:06am on a Saturday morning, whilst eating my breakfast!  

The course was focused not just on work life, but how to improve all aspects of your own life.  A good visualisation test they made us think about is to write down all the key day-to-weekly-to-monthly activities, so for me this would be (in no particular order):


  • Work
  • Home
  • My dog
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Shopping
  • Beauty treatments
  • Blogging
  • Learning
  • Reading
  • Films/Cinema
  • Exercise
  • Cooking
  • Household chores (inc food shopping)


From this, you are to consider the size of a bubble that they are each, and the ideal size of bubble you would like it to be. 

For example, I love to read but my bubble for this is quite small so my ideal size would be is that it is bigger than it currently is, but I don't want my bubble to bigger than Home, My dog, Family or Friends - that's because I want these four to be my biggest bubbles.

Then you weight your "ideal" in preference to how you want to spend your ideal life.  Then every now and then, you need to evaluate how you are spending your time and if it sits between how it normally is and your ideal.  If it is then your going great.  If you find it's all nearer to your ideal then your doing fantastic!  

If though it's bigger than current and no where near your ideal size of bubble, then you need to think what you can do to rebalance your life…!

So what sizes are your own bubbles?