Break through your slump!

Break through your slump with Intouch’s top tips to re-motivate yourself when contracting

Waning motivation can be deadly, especially when you feel like every step you take is getting you stuck further in the mud.  According to Dr Anders Ericsson, motivation is the most significant predictor of success. So what can you do to get yours back? Here we share our top five tips to help you get out of a slump and fall in love with contracting again.

 

1. Find out what’s at the root of your slump - is something leaving you feeling drained; are you eating right, getting plenty of exercise, or maybe even enough vitamin D? Why not change your diet, take up a new exercise class or go for a walk in the fresh air for half an hour each day? Or maybe it’s a particular client that’s difficult to work with, or you’re in the middle of a challenging contract? Whatever it may be, identify the source to understand what’s causing your slump.

2. Get away from it all - a change of scenery or new adventure is good for the soul, as well as the mind and body. Maybe you’ve been working too hard or focusing your mind on professional problems, when what you really need is a rest. Book a holiday – it doesn’t need to be abroad, just getting away from home for a few nights can be just as beneficial. Wellbeing retreats are a popular way to recharge your batteries too.

3. Take some “me time”- each evening or for a couple of hours over the weekend take time to unplug yourself from everyday life. Switch off your phone, leave facebook and your email inbox alone and enjoy the simple things in life, without the need to feel connected all the time.

4. Treat yourself to a new experience - it doesn’t have to cost lots of money (or any at all!) Why not create a bucket list and start to work your way through it?

5. Discover what personal development means to you - as a successful contractor you will already have got it nailed when it comes to professional development, but what about personal? If it’s having a knock-on effect to your professional life, then it’s time to take a step back and re-evaluate.

 

Happiness is being the master of your own personal and professional destiny.  Remember the days when you had to move to the beat of someone else’s drum? You probably had to work eight hour days (or worse, even longer) for little professional recognition or progression. You went into contracting for a reason, so don’t forget it!

 

And should you ever feel like you’re headed towards a slump, run through our top five tips to help you remember why contracting is so fantastic!

 

This blog has been prepared by Intouch Accounting. While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained in this blog has been obtained from reliable sources, Intouch is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. This blog should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional accounting advisers. If you have any specific queries, please contact Intouch Accounting.

Leap year love – do what you love on this extra day

Happy Leap Year!

Today marks a leap year, a whole extra day to do whatever you like! So how will you be spending the day? How about doing something you love?

 

Here are just a few ideas you could try:

  • Be brave, bite the bullet and propose to your boyfriend!
  • Book a holiday
  • Watch a marathon box set or series of movies
  • Have a “staycation” – imagine you’re a tourist in your own town for a day
  • Buy a novel by your favourite author and read it in one day
  • Plan an old fashioned play day with children or grandchildren and relive your childhood
  • Visit a National Trust property to see snowdrops, the first signs of spring
  • Learn a new skill at a one-day workshop – eg cooking, photography, mindfulness
  • Volunteer for a day – so rewarding and you may decide to make it a regular event

 

Contracting means you can design your professional career around your personal life, rather than the other way around. You work when, where and how you like (try doing that if you are a permanent employee!) Why not take a couple of minutes to find out what makes a successful contractor? If you’re considering contracting, it’s better to be fully prepared and know what to expect.

 

A few fun facts about leap years

So, you’ve decided how you’re spending your extra day, but do you know how the leap day came about and how the rest of the world celebrates?

 

  • A leap year occurs every four years to help synchronize the calendar year with the solar year, or the length of time it takes the earth to orbit the sun, which is about 365¼ days.
  • However, because the orbit is slightly less, we have to skip three leap days every 400 years. The last time was in February 1900. The next time will be in February 2100.
  • Only 30 people alive today experienced the skipped Leap Day in 1900.
  • The tradition of a woman being “allowed” to propose marriage on 29th February became commonplace in the 19th Century.
  • Women who propose must either wear breeches or a scarlet petticoat to pop the question. In Scotland, the petticoat should be partly visible to the man during the proposal. If a man refused his partner’s proposal, he would be fined a kiss, a silk dress or twelve pairs of gloves.
  • One in five engaged couples in Greece will plan to avoid getting married in a leap year. They believe it is bad luck.
  • People born on February 29 are called “leaplings” or “leapers”.  The chance of being born on a leap day is one in 1,461. There are five million leaplings around the world.

 

So what will you be up to this leap year? Why not share your plans with us. Simply leave a comment below and we will share the craziest with our Twitter and Facebook followers!

 

And if you haven’t yet leapt at the chance of contracting and the freedom it brings, why not become your own boss and use 2016 to take a quantum leap forward for personal and professional freedom?

 

This blog has been prepared by Intouch Accounting. While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained in this blog has been obtained from reliable sources, Intouch is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. This blog should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional accounting advisers. If you have any specific queries, please contact Intouch Accounting.

Contractor DNA survey: Tell us what you think and win cash vouchers.

What makes you tick? Reveal your Contractor DNA!

InTouch is conducting a survey to get to the heart of successful contractors. We’d love to hear your views on why you chose contracting (or did it choose you?); the ups and downs of not being a permanent employee; and who you turn to for help. Every completed survey will be entered into a draw for a chance to win Amazon vouchers. Plus, sign up with InTouch by 19th June 2015 and we’ll give you your first month FREE!

Whether you’re an Umbrella worker, already have a Limited Company or are a freelancer, we’d love to hear from you, even if you’re in the very early days or are just moving into contracting.

Complete the survey now.

 

This blog has been prepared by Intouch Accounting. While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained in this blog has been obtained from reliable sources, Intouch is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. This blog should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional accounting advisers. If you have any specific queries, please contact Intouch Accounting.