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On Consistency and Sticking to a Schedule

This is going to be such an unpopular opinion that I almost decided not to write this. However, it’s important for you to know, just in case you’re like me.

Over the last 30 days, I’ve made a schedule for myself.

My goal was to write a blog post every day, even if it turned out to be a shitty post.

My personal daily structure was that I was going to allow myself to freedom to flow through my days, without forcing myself to do anything.

Needless to say, I didn’t write every day. BUT it’s not because of what you might think.

“Laziness”

There’s so much collective pain and conditioning around “Resting” that it’s been labelled as “Laziness” when people take a day off, choose to NOT do something, or are sitting down to take a breather from life.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s a line between laziness and resting, but that line isn’t so black and white.

Mainly, speaking in Human Design terms, anyone without a defined motor center needs more rest than others.

And anyone without a defined Ego center doesn’t have access to consistent Willpower and Motivation.

What does that mean?

My experience

Just so we’re both on the same page, I have NO motor centers. And my Ego center is NOT defined.

So when I told myself for the umpteenth time that I was “finally going to be consistent”, I was setting myself up for failure.

Consistency ISN’T in my nature. It’s not a natural thing for my energy.

So though I was able to crank out a few posts at the beginning of the month, gaining a 5 day or so streak, I was so happy and proud of myself!

Then day 7 happened…

And day 8…

On day 9 I posted again.

Then day 10 happened…

Day 11 I posted again.

Day 12 I posted again.

Then radio silence for about a week.

And it wasn’t that I couldn’t sit down and write. I had all the time I needed. I had the availability for it. And it’s not like I was sitting around just watching Netflix.

But the thing was, my energy had moved on.

I was focusing on learning instead.

My energy went from exporting to importing. For no reason other than that’s what felt RIGHT. That’s what came easily to me.

Consistency is an illusion

Honestly, only people with defined Ego centers are the ones that have the energy for consistency. It doesn’t take too much for the Ego center’s motor to be turned into “on” mode.

However, every OTHER center, needs the right conditions.

Inconsistency is labelled as “bad” or “lazy”.

“Sometimes you just gotta push through”.

Insert any other “hustle-mindset” phrases here.

But why do you want to push yourself to do something if in the moment you hate doing it right then and you have no energy to do it?

That feeling of no energy and force is going to show through in your work anyways!

So it’s like you force yourself to do it, only to have THOSE things that you did be the ones you’re needing to re-tweak or re-record or re-write at a different time because you weren’t happy with the end result anyways.

Why not wait for the creative wave to come back around and then you just create as much as you want to and SAVE some for the time when, inevitably, you’ll feel uninspired to do it?

Creativity IS a wave.

And choosing to celebrate the down time is JUST as important as celebrating the UP time.

I didn’t stop writing because I had nothing to say

I stopped writing because what I would’ve said wouldn’t have been as good in THAT moment as if I would’ve waited until the right time.

I have more than a handful of things that I’m doing/learning/creating at any given time.

I’m not a Manifesting Generator (someone who can and is meant to be multitasking). But I have a need for variety.

The difference between us is that I have a list of things to choose from in the moment, and I’m NEVER doing more than one at a time.

There are days I sing and learn French.

Then there are days that I don’t do that but I work on my business.

There are days that I go out.

There are days that I stay in and rest.

I learn in my free time. Brainstorm. Rest myself. And prepare myself for the next wave when my energy comes back.

I find that I create better, faster, more efficiently, and more happily doing all of this.

I never get bored. And even if I did, I know my list to choose from or how to find new things to try out.

And most of all, I don’t get BURNOUT anymore.

Consistency Burnout

Be honest, how many times have you felt burnout?

Now how often is that burnout linked to doing things you didn’t want to do in that moment?

If you haven’t discovered this pattern yet, pay attention the next time you feel burned out!

It’ll likely be because of things you don’t want to do (i.e. don’t have the energy for in that moment!), a collection of moments that you’re forcing yourself to do something you really don’t want to do, or even forcing yourself to do anything.

The ONLY times we get burnout from things we actually ENJOY are when we over-indulge ourselves in them. So perhaps that’s a thing for you too.

But, my point is, pay attention to where your burnout comes from and where it starts. You’ll be surprised!

And guess what?

You have 100% control of your life to CHANGE whatever is causing you burnout.

There are ways around it, ways to uplift you during it, ways to work with it, or even just the good-ol “saying no” works wonders as well.

It’s not “Batching”, it’s “Conserving”

I used to HATE the thought of batching content or batching anything.

But honestly, it’s the bees-knees — WHEN IT’S DONE CORRECTLY.

Again, just like we’re saying no to forcing in the moment, DON’T force yourself to batch.

Follow your energy. Batch during your Ups rather than your Downs.

If you have a creative wave with actually putting out content, create a system to help you automatically do that.

If you need to batch your budgeting or your tasks, do that.

Do whatever your energy leads you to do. Cut the things that aren’t necessary. And prioritize YOU.

My own consistency change

I’ve grown to enjoy my inconsistency.

Why are algorithms more important than my own health? They’re not.

I already know that I will create what I’m meant to create. So then why am I pushing?

There’s no deadline. And with an undefined Root center, I hate deadlines. They don’t help me at all, they just give me unnecessary pressure.

I follow what feels right. What flows right.

And if I need a day of full-relaxation, that’s not a bad thing. That’s SO helpful!

When I’m relaxing, I have some of my BEST ideas.

That’s a trend in my own energy that’s reliable. THAT is MY consistency.

As well as I’m a morning person. I like my mornings, I get a lot done.

It doesn’t matter what I’m getting done, I just get a lot done that I need to that day. That’s also MY consistency.

Just because it doesn’t fit the standards of “normal” consistency, doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

And that goes for you, too.

So what’s something you’ve been burning yourself out on that you’re ready to release?

What’s a way you’re inconsistent that actually works WITH your energy?

And what are your ways of being consistent that matter to you?

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To Niche or Not to Niche as a Projector

The first thing I thought when I learned that my energy type affects my business is “well…shit.” Because I had such a negative outlook on being a Projector in business. I had barely any knowledge about what this was going to mean for me overall, I didn’t know how the heck invitations were supposed to work in business, and I didn’t want to niche down because it felt like putting myself in a constrictive box.

Now, today we won’t go into everything I just laid out, but we will go into the whole Niche dilemma. And I’ll get to the rest of those topics in the future.

If you haven’t read the blog post or listened to the episode about Invitations yet, go check that out after you’re done here. I have a very different perspective on invitations that you may never have been told before – and it’s one of the secrets to your projector magic!

What’s a Niche?

Niche, (pronounced knee-shh or nee-sh), is an area or topic that you excel in and know at great lengths that’s specific to either the type of people you help or the problem you help solve.

For example, Business is not a niche. It’s a category.

You can niche down three ways:

  1. Work specifically with one area of challenges that you solve – regardless of who encounters the challenges.
  2. Work specifically with a certain group of people – regardless of what challenges you’re helping them solve.
  3. Do both so that you’re working with a specific group of people who have a specific set of challenges you help them solve.

For example, let’s say you’re a Pilates instructor. You could help Expectant Moms (that’s your who) that want to stay fit during pregnancy with Pilates (that’s the solution to the challenge they could be looking to solve).

There’s many different ways to niche down. These are two specific ways, but you could stay broader as well.

To Niche or Not to Niche – That is the Question

MY personal opinion is: YES.

However, hear me out because I don’t mean to go dig yourself a small hole of one topic.

Here’s the baseline question I like to ask:

  • Does it feel constrictive to you?

If it feels like too small of an area for you to be in, broaden up. If it feels like there’s wayyy too much to cover so you’re not really covering anything, niche down.

Ideally, you’re looking for YOUR sweet spot. And your sweet spot will look different than others. And that’s okay!

The best part is that you don’t have to niche down right away.

Start with what you DO know

If you’re not ready to go niching down because you aren’t sure about it yet, then don’t go too deep. ESPECIALLY if you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur.

Every single person who has started a business has pivoted, even if they don’t readily or up front tell you that they have.

It takes time and testing to figure out what works best for you. Give yourself permission to pivot. Give yourself permission to test out different things. No one else cares if you pivot; BUT they WILL care if they can tell you hate what you do. That kind of energy isn’t fun to be around.

So if you don’t know exactly who you want to help yet, don’t niche yet.

If you don’t know exactly what problem you solve yet, start with a category instead.

As you go and as you create content, you’ll figure it out by feeling whether you like to talk about certain things.

Pivot, Pivot, Pivot!

Anyone else having Friends flashbacks to Ross as they’re carrying the sofa up the stairs? No? Just me?

Live by this: Each time you take a step forward, you’re one step closer to figuring it out.

For me, I pivoted over 30 times in under a year. Why so many? BECAUSE I HADN’T FOUND THE RIGHT ONE YET.

AND as a plus, since I didn’t hold myself back from pivoting, I was able to take as many steps forward as I needed to in order to get where I am today. And I’m so freaking glad that I didn’t take multiple years to do it!

There’s NO shame in pivoting.

The only one stopping you from taking steps towards your future is YOU.

The only one judging your progress is you.

Think of it this way: The ones who say ANYTHING negative to you about your journey are the ones who AREN’T on a journey of their own. Because the ones who are on their own journey don’t have the time or care for what you’re doing since they’re focusing on themselves.

Another gem: Don’t take insult from those you wouldn’t even take advice from.

Just saying!

What it looks like IRL

Let’s say you eventually will want to be that instructor we talked about earlier.

If you don’t know that you want to teach Pilates yet, start with Fitness.

Start creating fitness content on your platform of choice.

When you’re creating this content, you’ll realize “wow, I like creating [this] type of content more” and do more of that.

When you start working with people, see which people you enjoy working with the most.

These are the ways to keep taking steps forward.

You’ll end up going from Fitness to Low Impact Fitness to Mindful Fitness to Yoga to Pilates. Not specifically these or in this order, but you see how it went down in niche across the progression. That’s what you’re doing.

Allowing it to progress naturally.

And that’s actually the last big thing we’ll talk about.

Don’t force it

Too many times I see people force themselves to fit in a box they didn’t even care for in the first place.

The more you allow yourself to natually move forward, the faster you’ll find your niche.

I know it seems counterintuitive, and as a Projector it may be hard to trust and lean back, but that’s the BEST, fastest, and easiest way you’re going to find what’s right for you.

Final Thoughts

So overall, should you as a Projector niche down?

Yes. But only to your sweet spot.

If you have questions on this, let me know! We’ll dive deeper in the future, this is just the basis. And tell me, are you a projector in business? Do you have a niche or do you despise the niche down idea?

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Confused on What to Do? Here’s a Way Out

Confusion usually comes up for us when we are resisting something.

We ALWAYS know what’s best for us and what’s the right next step for us. We’re Co-Creators in our lives. We have the 100% choice on what we do and when. And if you think about it, when you finally decide something, how long does it take for you to implement? Not very long (at least as long as you don’t allow fear or worry to stop you, but that’s a topic for a different time).

Confusion, when it’s about our own path, seems like we need more information before we can make a decision. However, more information actually leads to analysis paralysis.

Because whatever you WANT to do will have information to support it. But there will ALSO be information that is unsupportive.

That’s why we tend to have confirmation bias; where when we’re looking for supportive information of our opinion or desire, we find it and take it as truth, because it was what we WANTED to find. We’ll go deeper into confirmation bias in the future as well.

But there’s a few things that can help you get unstuck or out of the confusion quicker than simply “waiting” for the answer.

Ask yourself questions to journal

We can’t process things completely in our minds — even though our minds like to think we can. But just check in with how many times only processing in your mind has actually led you to the right answer. My guess is that you either weren’t able to finish processing OR you got into overthinking and decided to either do nothing or you acted impulsively.

No shame, no guilt. It just is what it is and it’s the same for everyone.

So to get out of this loop, break out a piece of paper and get writing.

Transferring your thoughts to paper not only help you see it outside of you, but it gives you a new perspective on it as a whole when you can then process the information you PREFER to write down.

The way you write something is slightly different than the way you speak or think about it.

That’s why some people are speakers and some people are writers. Usually you have a preference of one or the other.

And if you’re a speaker and prefer to process out loud, find yourself a trusted friend or advisor to help hear you out, NOT TO INSERT THEIR OPINION, but to simply help you get out what you need to and ask you questions to help you find your truth.

This is actually a very big reason people hire coaches; because coaches (depending on the coach, that is) but for the most part, coaches are there to help guide you to your core truth. That’s at least what I do as a coach, because NO ONE knows what you want to do more than you. There’s just mental blocks or something in the way, and I help remove that block.

Anyways back to the point.

Get your thoughts out of your head. Whether that’s in a journal or with someone else who you can trust to help you get to your core truth.

What questions can I ask myself?

The questions you ask yourself heavily depend on the situation you’re going through, but here’s a few generic ones that usually work for MOST situations.

  • What am I deciding?
  • Why is this decision important?
  • What is my fear for choosing either option? (or all the options, however many there are, what are the fears for each option?)
  • Which option would I choose if there were no negative consequences and it went as well as it could?
  • What part of me is telling me that I can’t go this way or that it won’t go well?

Essentially, you’re going to be looking for any catastrophizing, any limiting beliefs, any ego fears for safety from perceived danger, etc.

You could even give these questions to your trusted person to ask you as well.

And make sure you’re being 100% honest with yourself as well! If you aren’t fully honest and open about your answers, you’ll be keeping yourself in confusion and just wasing your time. So be 100% open and honest with yourself!

What if journaling it out doesn’t help?

If journaling it out doesn’t help, there are either of two things that can be at play here.

1. You might not be 100% open and honest in your answers.

When you’re being truly open and honest in your journaling session, you can find the root cause of the confusion. But some people aren’t used to this type of deep dive within themselves yet, and that’s okay. If it’s not working for you, it may be time to get someone to process with you, such as a friend, a close family member, a coach, a therapist, whoever you trust to help you walk through the situation and help you find the blocks and remove them. Remember: without their personal bias or opinion.

2. You may be too close to the situation to see it clearly.

Again, this happens to everyone. There’s things I go to my coach about, and things I process through myself. It just depends on what it is. So if you’ve tried journaling it out and it doesn’t work, don’t blame yourself for not being able to figure it out. It’s normal. And most likely, it just means that you deeply care about the situation. That’s a good thing! But not being able to see it clearly and make a decision is even more important in these instances. So find some support! Call your best friend. Schedule a coffee chat with them. Do something with the person you trust and ask if they can help you process this situation.

I know there’s a handful of people that don’t like seeking out help, but let me lovingly point out that not seeking out help is actually limiting you from making strides forward in your life. Would you rather stay stagnant and unable to make this decision for an indeterminate amount of time? Or put the pride aside and ask for help to figure it out much quicker?

But if you’re still against asking for help, here’s another way that’s really helped me and my clients in the past.

Commit to a “Day of Total Presence

This is what I called it when I did this for myself the first time and the name just stuck from then on when I recommended it to my clients and friends.

A Day of Total Presence is exactly what it sounds like. Let me explain.

You know how most of the time we’re on autopilot going through our day? Or we get constantly distracted by social media, people, thinking about the past, worrying about the future, all that super fun stuff?

A Day of Total Presence is the exact opposite.

It’s where you commit from morning to night to be present in the moment of what you’re doing.

Where when you drink your coffee in the morning, you are solely focused on drinking that cup of coffee.

When you’re scrolling on social media, you’re focused on each post that you scroll by.

And as you go through this day, you don’t plan ahead. You just FLOW with what you want to do, when you want to do it.

Meaning mindless tv is out the window! If you’re watching tv, you’re focused and actually WATCHING it.

Nothing in this day is autopilot. At least to the best of your ability.

Why a Day of Total Presence?

When we spend too much time in the past or the future, we lose focus and meaning of what NOW is.

Except, everything that is reality is happening NOW.

So bringing yourself back into the present moment reconnects you to WHO. YOU. ARE.

Confusion is based on the fact that we don’t know which way to go. Which to some degree, means we don’t know who we are.

Think about it. If you’re a singer, you sing. If you’re a writer, you write.

If you’re the type of person who drinks coffee, you drink coffee. If you’re the type of person who hangs out with their friends on the weekend, that’s exactly what you do.

Confusion about a decision comes from not knowing which identity we want to be. A person who does the thing, or a person who doesn’t and does the other thing.

And you’ll find that if you feel exhausted, drained, burned out, etc. most of the time, it’s because you actually DON’T want to do the thing you’re forcing yourself to do.

And noticing this brings up all sorts of limiting beliefs, which we won’t go into here because that’s a long list, but recognize that if you’re feeling this way, you may be ready to stop doing it or choose something else.

I’ll gve you an example from my own life.

What does this look like?

I had to take a Day of Total Presence recently because I had set myself a morning and day routine but I just felt SO exhausted and drained of energy, that I didn’t end up doing ANY of it.

Through my own journaling I found that I was dreading the routine, but I couldn’t figure out why.

So I decided to take this day to reconnect with myself.

I did everything that day intentionally, I allowed myself the freedom to do whatever I wanted to do.

I ended up starting to learn a new language, starting to look up singing practices, and got rid of my entire routine that I had mentally chosen before this day.

I noticed what I did that day and when.

I then took THAT day and structured it as my new routine. Because clearly, that’s the way my energy was flowing best and having the most fun.

And low and behold — ALL of my exhaustion went away. I was no longer drained. I had energy and excitement to do the things I wanted to.

And ALL of this came from just one day of total presence.

I know that eventually when my energy shifts again, it’ll be time to take another day of total presence to figure out how to structure it next. It’s an ever-flowing process because you’re an ever-changing human being.

You aren’t the same person you were a year ago. And if you are, it may be time for a change or a refresh.

The bottom line

When you feel confused, you don’t need to tell yourself “I don’t know!” or “I can’t figure it out!”

Because yes, you can. It’s just whether or not you will ALLOW yourself to figure it out.

I’ve just given you three fantastic tools.

Put them into use and see how your life changes and shifts to be what you truly want.

So, have you tried any of these before? Or have you found something that helps you out of confusion that I didn’t add to this list? Let me know!

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Where to be Online as a Projector in Business

There’s so much contradictory information out there about “what platform to be on to succeed”. And let me be the first to say: it’s all bullshit.

While, yes, there are certain places more people are, such as Instagram and Facebook, that doesn’t mean you HAVE to be there too.

ESPECIALLY if your energy just abhorrs those platforms.

Great news! You don’t HAVE to be on them if you don’t want to be.

So where should a Projector in business be online? Let’s dig into it.

First, step away from the business rules you’ve been taught.

Most likely, you’ve learned business strategy from Generators or Manifesting-Generators. I know I did!

I was SO upset with myself that none of the business strategies were working for me.

I thought there was something inherently wrong with me.

People didn’t like ME when I used those strateiges.

Why?

Because it didn’t FIT my energy.

It was like trying to fit myself in a box that was already full. I wasn’t even in the box at all. So I just metaphorically carried around the heavy box hoping one day I might be able to fit inside of it.

Narrator: that didn’t happen.

In fact, it only got worse because I got SO tired of carrying around the box.

It was draining, exhausting, and it really took the fun and enjoyment out of being in the business world.

I was so discouraged!

How did it change for me?

I started listening to my intuition, and you should too.

When I finally started just releasing what wasn’t for me, when I finally just set down the box and walked away from it, I started feeling lighter.

I started feeling like I could move freely again.

I felt like a breath of fresh air filled my lungs.

It did take me a while to recover, with the bitterness I felt and all, but once I did: I felt free from the heaviness that held me back.

I questioned “Okay, if all of that wasn’t working for me, what will?”

I started doing the exact opposite of what I was being told.

And, not everything needed to be the exact opposite, but the point is that I allowed myself to FIND what worked for ME.

And that’s where you may want to start as well.

So, where do you want to be?

Let’s say you scrapped everything you’ve been taught about how “business is supposed to look” right now.

And you were just leading with your energy and where you DESIRE to be.

What platform would you choose to be on?

Do you prefer short quips and dropping words of wisdom quickly? Twitter or platforms similar to Twitter may be for you!

Do you like community and being able to chat with other people, be in the support groups, and just give advice (with detachment of course!)? You may enjoy platforms like Facebook groups, Reddit, or other places you can gather virtually.

Do you like writing longer posts and really getting crafty with your words? Blog sites like WordPress, Medium, and similar sites would be great.

There’s a whole long list of other choices too, but you get the point.

And while we’re on the topic…

When you start scraping everything you’ve learned, you may notice that the niche you chose in the first place just isn’t what you want to do.

Some more great news: You can pivot and change it.

Most people don’t allow themselves the freedom to change their minds.

But why would you rather be stuck in something that you hate JUST to say you “haven’t changed your mind”?

What’s wrong with changing your mind?

Absolutely NOTHING is wrong with changing.

In fact, people who haven’t changed in months (or even years, yikes!), are the exact people who are stuck and stagnant.

Now, I’m not saying that you have to change your niche every few months or years, I’m saying that change bring evolution. No matter what area of life it is in. And you have the 100% choice to change whatever you want, whenever you want.

And ANYONE who tells you differently is just upset because they want to change too, but they don’t have the courage to do so yet. So they’d rather shame you than make the change themselves.

The Bottom Line

YOU decide where to be in life. YOU have the power to change your situation. And only YOU can figure out what’s in alignment with your energy.

Starting with your business platform if you want. But you could start anywhere else in your life if that feels right.

So, where do YOU want to be? And what do you feel YOU need to change to live a better, more aligned, life for yourself?

Have fun!

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Succeeding as a Projector in Business is Mainly About 5 Key Things

It still took me a year to really experiment and decondition from all the unaligned advice I had been given, but once I did, the flood gates opened.

I’ve been in business for almost 3 years now and it took me over 2 years to figure out what the heck was going on. Not because I didn’t try, but because I was following all the streamlined information I found and people who didn’t understand me.

1 year in, I found Human Design. I immediately found out I was a Projector and had one of the biggest aha moments of my life.

It still took me a year to really experiment and decondition from all the unaligned advice I had been given, but once I did, the flood gates opened.

Where I used to be stressed out, burned out, bitter, and testing every “business strategy” in the book (with a fall down failure each time); now I’m calm, content, relaxed, rested, and progressing rapidly.

Where I used to get no views, little engagement, and feeling the need to post everywhere to be seen and heard (which still didn’t work); now I focus on a few select things that I love and it feels freeing.

The crazy thing is, just because I found out I was a Projector 1 year in, didn’t mean I started running my business that way. In fact, I started running my business solely as a Projector in December 2021.

And yet, in that short period of time, I’ve gained more traction than in my first 2 full years.

In short, this works. And I’m not the only one it works for.

So if you’re a Projector in Human Design and you want to start a business, here are the 5 key things you really need to know.

1. You are not here to convince others of your worth.

Cold calling, cold DMing, or any other form of outreach really isn’t meant for you. I’m not saying it won’t work, it could. But it’ll be much more resistant-filled, draining, and energy-wasting.

You are meant to see people where they are. You are meant to master and improve systems. You are meant to guide. You are meant to wait for the invitation.

Meaning, you are meant for people to come to you; not the other way around.

In business? That means attraction marketing. And it’s actually a business strategy on the rise (thank goodness).

Attraction marketing is about speaking about your services and products and allowing others to come to you.

And this plays perfectly with the Projector strategy.

All you need to do is show up and be findable. The right people will find you.

2. Bitterness is a signpost to misalignment.

I spent way too much time playing in the bitter-barn while I was trying to make other platforms work. But those didn’t align with my energy.

They felt forced. Constrictive. Limited. Boxed in. Unauthentic. Draining.

It wasn’t until I finally allowed myself to step back and recalibrate that I found the correct areas for me and my precious energy.

It’ll be the same for you.

In business? Don’t force yourself to be somewhere that drains you and that makes you hate it. Find what feels good. And yes, there IS a place that will feel good.

There are so many options out there. Your energy will radiate with positivity when you find the right ones for you.

So when you feel bitter, check-in with yourself. Why do you feel bitter? How often have you felt bitter recently? Is there a pattern to when you find yourself feeling bitter?

Check-in and recalibrate.

3. Speak from your definition and guide in your openness.

This is actually something that I cover in-depth in Niche by Design, but I still want to point it out here.

In your energy, you are most familiar with where you’re definition is. And you learn your deepest wisdom through your openness.

Showing your abilities and skills online starts best when you speak from what you know. It’s already a learning curve to become an entrepreneur, so make it easier for yourself by sticking to what you know and can easily talk about.

This tends to impact your niche the most, but either way, start with what you know.

4. Rest and relax more than you think you should.

As a Projector, you probably were taught to live like a Generator. That “working hard” and “putting in more hours” and “hustling and grinding” is the way to success.

But that’s the polar opposite of what is really true for you.

The more space you let your energy have, the more productive you actually are. I know that sounds counterintuitive because it is.

For example, I used to work myself 6 to 14 hours a day (yes, it varied widely). And what do I have to show for it? Nothing.

Absolute bupkis.

Actually, I have negative results instead: burnout, exhaustion, bitterness…

But when I switched the way I worked to working on my energy’s best schedule and for less than 4 hours a day, look at what I have to show for it:

  • A blog that is consistently uploaded to every week and gets found every day without me having to push it out
  • A podcast that gets uploaded to twice a week and gets found every day without me pushing it out
  • An email list that grows every week — almost every single day
  • The feelings of happiness, contentment, joy, and optimism for working every day doing something I truly enjoy
  • The space to learn a language and play music and still have time for making delicious meals as well as spending a few hours a week with friends
  • Naps, Rest, Netflix, a good amount of Sleep…

These last few may seem like small things, but when you were working as hard as I was, you understand how these little things mean so much more.

Not only have I gained followers, subscribers, listeners, and an engaged audience, but I’ve been honored to have a good number of these same people reach out to me and connect with me 1:1.

I know their names, their designs, their likes and interests, and we’ve become virtual friends.

I know people all over the world, from Canada and Australia to India and the Netherlands.

And it fills my heart with fulfillment and joy to see the impact I’ve made and to personally know their amazing achievements.

My business isn’t just a business — it’s a community. And that means more to me than any amount of money ever could.

And all this came from just switching the way I worked! How beautiful is that?

I’m grateful every day that this is my life.

5. Being in alignment means finding the most aligned path for your highest potential.

I won’t sit here and say that I’m always aligned. That’s part of being human and enjoying the experiences here. We get to realign ourselves when we feel we’ve stepped in the wrong direction.

We learn things from our misalignment. And we feel comforted and like we’ve made progress when we come back into alignment.

We need both.

But being in alignment with your energy in your business opens up a whole new world for you, one you may never have expected.

I honestly never thought I would be a writer. I actively resisted it (while I was still in conditioning). Yet here we are, and I feel like this is what my energy wanted from me all along.

It makes me happy. It feels good. It feels right.

This is who I am. And I know it’s leading me somewhere amazing. And it will be the same for you.

And in business? Alignment is success. So why spend any more time trying to fit in where you were born to stand out?

Final Thoughts

Living in alignment does so much more than we can even imagine. From career and business to personal relationships and health, living as who you are with your true energy brings the potential for miracles.

When you stop resisting the true nature of your energy, you’ll be able to find and have everything you’ve ever dreamed of.

And it’ll be a lot easier to start now than to go down the same path I did.

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Finding Your Zone of Genius

Why it’s not as easy as it seems

How do you know when you’ve found your Zone of Genius? And what does it really mean to have a Zone of Genius?

Time after time, when you think you’ve found it, somehow it doesn’t seem right. It doesn’t feel right. Or maybe, it’s just too hard to spot. Maybe you think “I just don’t have one”.

For me, the struggle has been self-doubt. Because something that comes so easily to me doesn’t seem all that grand. It doesn’t seem fancy, or unique, or even like it can be considered a “zone of genius”.

But everyone has one. Everyone has a very unique zone that they are a genius in. The struggle is seeing it for ourselves.

If you’ve ever experienced trouble with figuring out what your zone of genius is — what you’re really and truly the best at — keep reading for what you need to know to find it.

What is a Zone of Genius?

A “zone of genius” has become a very popular term and over time has lost its meaning to a lot of people because we — especially as entrepreneurs — hear it all the time.

But I like to think about it like this: A “zone of genius” is simply an area that you are a genius in. Seems simple.

What is genius?

What shows that you’re a genius to you?

That’s where the confusion happens. Because there are so many skills we all have as humans… yet… we can’t be a genius in them all, can we?

Exactly.

And saying that there are a plethora of things that you’re a genius in leaves the phrase “zone of genius” meaning nothing.

So — what is genius?

The Zone Spectrum

There’s a spectrum that’s been called by another name, “The zone of genius method”, but I call it a spectrum because it seems so much simpler that way.

This zone spectrum helps people to visualize and identify what “zone” their skills are in.

It’s broken into 4 categories.

  1. Zone of Incompetence
  2. Zone of Competence
  3. Zone of Excellence
  4. Zone of Genius

It’s my belief that our skills, all of them, go through this spectrum and anything can become a zone of genius if we decide to hone that skill enough.

But many of the skills we learn don’t get past the zone of competence.

So let’s look at what each zone entails and how to know where your skills land, depending on their level of mastery.

Zone of Incompetence

This is the area that skills are when we’re first stepping our toes in their metaphorical waters. When we first start anything, we don’t know much about it.

Therefore, we’re inherently incompetent with it. We’re complete beginners.

We didn’t exit the womb walking or singing or playing the piano — these are all skills we learn, like many others.

The zone of incompetence is an area where there are many other people who are better at it than us.

As we progress our skills, they move into the next zone. So after being a complete beginner, we gain some knowledge, learn a little bit, and move into the zone of competence.

Zone of Competence

This is the level where most of our skills are. We’re competent enough to get by, but about average with the other people who have these skills.

We know about and know enough to get by with this level.

Though there are still more people that are better than us at it.

For instance, these are skills we learn because we have to, not necessarily because we want to or choose to. And this is why most of these skills stay in this zone.

Take, for example, building a website. As an entrepreneur, this is something that we all need to figure out how to do on a basic level. However, not all of us or even many of us will want to further this skill. It’s something we do because we have to, not because we enjoy it.

That’s the basis of skills that are in this zone of competence.

Zone of Excellence

Then we move up into the zone of excellence.

In this zone, we’ve found skills that we enjoy and that we do on a more regular basis.

This could be playing music, practicing art, learning a language, or anything else that you desire to do.

These are things that are more like hobbies or interests.

You learn how to improve your basic skills and then excel at them.

Here, there are only some people that are better at it than us.

Zone of Genius

Then we finally advance into the zone of genius.

You can have more than a handful of skills here in your level of genius — however, there won’t nearly be as many as the other zones. It really depends more on your ability to focus on them, the time you have to dedicate to them, and other aspects.

In the zone of genius, almost no one can do this better than you.

The zone of genius may also not just be about the improvement of a skill, but the uniqueness of a skill or the combination of particular skills.

This is something unique to you. Something that comes so easily to you that it may make no sense as to why it’s considered special.

It’s the things you’re known for. That you’re sought out for. That people highly regard within you.

And this is where your specialty is.

So how do you find what your Zone of Genius is?

Make a list of the skills that you have in your Zone of Excellence.

Write down everything that you believe you do better than most people. What are you really good at? What have you been commended for? What do people tell you you’re really good at?

This list gives you the beginnings of finding what your Zone of Genius is.

Because most of the time, we downplay our true strengths. So your zone of genius may be written in this list.

So what skills stand out to you?

Which skills would your friends come to you for? Compliment you on? Seek from you?

You can even give them this list and have them read it back to you and tell you which they think are your best skills.

Getting an outside opinion can be very helpful, especially with this.

Because like I said before, our Zone of Genius tends to come so easily to us that we forget it’s even special in the first place.

So what’s your zone of genius?

This article was originally published on Medium by Lillith Elaina.

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The Social Platform Shift on the Rise

Are you ready?

Years ago when social media just started, likes, followers and vanity metrics mattered.

But as algorithms keep changing and platform users become accustomed to the platforms, things are shifting.

And personally, I’d rather have 10 followers who engage and connect every time I publish something rather than 10 million that couldn’t care less.

Think about it

If you were to ask your followers for help with getting a message out, who’s more likely to lend a hand?

  • The 10 million followers who don’t see your content or care to read it frequently?

Or

  • The 10 followers who see your content every time you publish and actively engage?

Personally, I’m team 2.

Algorithms are people

I’m not actually saying that an algorithm is a person. However, what do algorithms do?

They were made to help people find content that they enjoy so they stay on the platform longer and see more ads.

Algorithms are based on human behavior.

It’s all a psychology strategy.

Creators of algorithms care about:

  • What you’re interested in right now
  • How you interact easiest
  • What ads should reach you and when
  • How often ads actually work (to determine ad-blindness and shift to accompany that)
  • What happened right before you clicked off
  • When you came back and how long you typically stay on the platform

They’re trying to keep you as interested, engaged, and alert as possible.

So that when you come across something you like, you engage.

When you engage, you’re more likely to see another ad that targets that specific topic or type of content.

And ultimately, they’re leading every person through a path to a sale so they make money.

The problem

The problem is that now we’ve all become accustomed to this working, we’re tired of it. We’re so tired that we’re becoming content-blind.

When you scroll, now it’s more mindless. You engage less. You give less validation to the creators that are only creating to make money and use you.

This isn’t a problem for people, it’s a problem for the algorithm. Because they’re looking for the areas we aren’t blind to yet.

The upcoming solution

Video and audio content.

For years we didn’t have access to video or audio content. We had mainly written and visual.

But now, conversation and connection are key metrics.

Interacting with creators Live, watching a video for a certain amount of time, and listening for a certain amount of time are all the new “vanity” metrics. Because they’re more reliable.

Just like in Email lists, opens are no longer a reliable resource for determining engagement. Why? Because we’re still content-blind.

We read it and forget it. It means nothing to us.

What means more, is more personal interaction.

Personal interaction metrics

Personal interactions are the new best form of making sure people engage.

Like DMs, clicks, commenting, and length of time watched/listened.

As a creator, having more followers doesn’t matter. How engaged they are does.

Having more subscribers doesn’t matter. How engaged they are does.

It used to matter when we were gauging how far of a reach we had. But now, it’s how impactful that reach is.

Final thoughts

If you’re someone who still values followers at face value and is doing follow for follow or like for like, you’re wasting your time, energy, and possibly hurting your own algorithm for the future, too.

Don’t focus on how many followers you have.

Instead, focus on creating content that people actually want to engage with. That you actually enjoy creating (so you don’t burn out). And that creates an impact on the people that engage.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree or disagree with where we’re headed? Do you see something else happening that I didn’t mention above?

This article was originally published on Medium by Lillith Elaina.

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The “Right Way” to Start a Business

Discussing the fast-result and fast-money industry.

Have you seen the courses, downloads, and masterclasses that are directed to starting a business and getting fast results?

They usually say something like “Follow my 4 step process to profit quickly in business!” or “This training is all you need to succeed in business!” etc.

Essentially telling you that a 1-hour to 6-hour training will be everything you need to start a business and get money quickly.

But all of these claims are bullshit. And here’s why.

There is NO “Right Way”

Just like we humans are all at least slightly different in some unique way, there are many, many more ways for each individual person to succeed in business.

That’s math that I can’t even do. 7 Billion people to the thousands, even millions, of ways for each person.

You don’t need the “one way.”

The one way that it worked for them isn’t guaranteed to work for you. Because you’re already a different person. You have completely different reasons, values, talents, skills, preferences, gifts, and so much more.

Not to mention prestige, privilege, starting point, knowledge, location, availability of resources, and all other external factors.

Both your internal experience and external experience are vastly different than the person trying to sell you the way that worked for them.

And both of these will skew the results you create by using their process.

“Fast” and “Quick” are Click-Bait Terms

If you’ve been duped by these terms before, you’re not alone.

These two words are tossed around carelessly and interchangeably. Yet they’re both vague and broad.

Fast could mean you set it up fast. Not that you’ll succeed fast. Or it could mean that you’ll find your first client fast — because the first client is usually someone you know (40% of new business owners have their first client through their network).

Or fast could mean that you learn the knowledge you need… well, fast.

But there’s no given timeframe. And your perception of a fast timeframe could be slow for them. Or vice versa.

Fast in this context, to me as a 3rd-year Entrepreneur, means you’ll be able to start within 1 year and gain your first client within 2 years.

Entrepreneurship isn’t as easy as it seems. There’s a steep learning curve for many, the industry is constantly shifting, there are new things to learn all the time about it.

So, what really does “fast” or “quick” actually mean?

It means the marketing understands your pressure to get results quickly. That’s it. It’s just a marketing tactic.

What really brings fast results?

Action. You taking action to do the thing. To start the business. To post the information. To market yourself. To start at all.

And yes, you’ll learn that within the masterclass, course, or whatever it is. But it still doesn’t mean their process will work for you if you’re left confused on what to do or where to start.

Just as well, overthinking and procrastination slow any progress. Having someone to talk to, bounce ideas off of, and actually consult with can move you forward faster than a course that is just knowledge sitting in your head.

Without action, results don’t come.

So what’s going to get you in motion? How are you going to take a step forward today? What action step will you complete?

Write it down. Then go do it. Take some action so you can start building momentum to receive real results.

We could get into a whole rant about why this is, and the deeper aspects of what’s going on in the fast-result and fast-money industry, but I won’t ramble that out today.

Instead, I want to leave you with actual, viable options if you’re looking to make fast money.

Fast, in this sense, means within a month. Not days, weeks.

The only faster way that I know of is selling things you own. Then, it may be days.

But in terms of business startups and entrepreneurship, I’m going to assume that you don’t want to sell all your stuff.

2 Ways to Make Money Within a Month

Freelancing gives the broadest opportunity to make money while remaining in your zone of genius and being able to continue working on your own business. It’s where you take the skills you already know and can competently complete and offer them to others who need them.

  1. Signup for a Freelancing Platform and Offer Services
    – Fiverr, Upwork, and other similar sites are where the clientele already comes to their platform. So you don’t need to go out looking for clients from scratch.
    – With Fiverr, you set up your profile and then wait for the algorithm to pick you up (usually after 2 weeks) and start showing you on the first page.
    – With Upwork, you set up your profile and then bid on the work that clients have already posted. Think about it as an interview process.
  2. Offer Freelancing to Entrepreneurs You Already Know
    – Established entrepreneurs likely have items they’d like to outsource. Such as emails, social media posts, blog posts, website modification, appointment setting, etc.
    – Offer your services to them and see if they know anyone else who may need the same kind of help.

Remember, there is no “one way” that will work for you.

Your journey is uniquely your own. It won’t be perfect. It won’t be pretty.

It’ll be messy, authentic, vulnerable, easy, and challenging, all in one.

But you’ll be moving forward, figuring it out, and, most of all, it’ll be true to you.

This article was originally published on Medium by Lillith Elaina.

Disclaimer: I am not a financial advisor and don’t pretend to be. Everything in my articles is purely experienced from what I’ve personally done or what people I actually know have done. Nothing in my articles is meant to be financial, legal, health, or medical advice of any kind. Make decisions wisely and always do your own research.

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What it Really Takes to Be an Entrepreneur

Before you quit your day job, make sure you’re ready for the road ahead.

My entrepreneur journey started abruptly.

I quit my job without warning, without a plan, and without knowing how exactly I was going to make money.

But at the time, I didn’t care. I was SO done with being burnt out, being taken for granted, and being relied heavily upon because I was one of the employees that actually did their job plus helped others do theirs.

I was exhausted, drained, and downright upset.

My lifelong dream was to be my own boss. Yet, at 25 years old, I hadn’t begun my entrepreneur journey yet.

I was facing my Quarter-life crisis, (yes, that really is a thing), and decided to immediately effect change in my life.

So I quit my job, moved out of state, and began a new life.

As an entrepreneur.

Fear set in when I realized I had no idea what to do.

I wasn’t a business major, I didn’t have a college degree or any “special” qualifications other than the multitudes of adversity I had already faced from a young age.

Overall, I didn’t know how entrepreneurs made themselves a success. I knew it wasn’t luck, but I didn’t know the road to take.

It seemed like I didn’t have a clear path ahead.

And after 2 months of dicking around, not fully committing to any one thing, I started looking for part-time work.

That’s when I learned the first lesson I hope to help you avoid.

1. Plan Ahead

Do your research now. At the first sign of desiring to become an entrepreneur, start looking for information for free online.

At the very least, start when you’re awareEven if that means today.

Being an entrepreneur isn’t as easy as some people seem to think. It’s actually MUCH harder than a traditional job.

At a traditional job, you already have the place you work at, the clientele who come to you, the systems that you work with, the operations that create efficiency, the pay scale that is reliable, and the ease of having to do only ONE job position.

As a new entrepreneur, you — and only you — are the one person doing everything.

Don’t leave the details to chance.

You won’t be able to accommodate for everything, however, you CAN set yourself up better by being more prepared with plans.

Here’s a list of questions to help get you started in your search:

  • What niche are you planning to start in? Do you know what a niche is?
  • Are you mentally and emotionally prepared to face failure after failure until you reach success down the line?
  • What platforms do you like? Which medium of content do you want to create?
  • Who do you want to help? Do you know anyone that could use your help right now?
  • What type of services are you going to create? Do you want to be product-based or service-based?
  • Who is your support system? Do you have friends, family, acquaintances, or groups of people to help support you along the journey?
  • How often are you going to learn and improve yourself to give your entrepreneurship journey a better chance at succeeding?

This list is not all-encompassing, but it’s a list I would’ve been grateful to have at the beginning of my own journey.

Start mulling these thoughts over, building your knowledge base, and planning for the time you start your journey.

Don’t wait forever to start, but jumping in right away isn’t always the best option. Find the place in the middle that works for you.

After I had to get a part-time job for 3 months, I was ready to start at it again.

I had done some research and learned some skills, I had a vague plan of action and began the 2nd attempt.

This attempt lasted longer than the first, at 4 months of solid effort.

This leads to the second lesson I hope to help you avoid.

2. Pride loses. Perseverance wins.

I was so sure that the 2nd attempt would be successful.

So sure, that I was blind to what was actually happening.

I didn’t enjoy the niche I chose. My audience wasn’t responding to the content I was putting out. I was drained, burnt out, and exhausted all over again.

But I begrudgingly held onto this attempt for as long as I could, before I watched it crash and burn.

I’m thankful it did though. I learned a lot during this experience.

I was able to compare my experience with this 2nd attempt to the 1st attempt.

I learned that I didn’t want to be in that niche, so I was able to pivot.

I learned that having pride was holding me back and keeping me blind.

I learned that I didn’t fully enjoy the platform I was on.

And little by little, I was revealing to myself what this journey would need of me more than anything else…

Perseverance.

It’s not something you’re born with. It’s something you choose.

You choose to continue forward; you choose to keep going when you’re faced with challenges, and you choose to forge on, even when you seem to fail over and over again.

Perseverance is by far the most needed trait of an entrepreneur.

Perseverance is what propels you to try again and again, even when it doesn’t look perfect.

Perseverance is what drives you to learn how to do something when you knew nothing about it previously.

Perseverance is what keeps the spark of joy alive in your heart when you set your goal and attempt to reach it.

The only way you could ever lose — or truly “fail” — is when you choose to give up altogether.

Keep going, and you will make it.

After the 2nd attempt, I got another job, this time a full-time one.

I had planned to only stay for less than 6 months, but 3 months in is when the big C hit in the USA in 2020.

Amid mass shutdowns, I was given the time to begin my 3rd attempt.

And my 3rd attempt is where everything changed.

This lesson I learned as I went, and thankfully it didn’t stop me in my journey, it merely shifted my path as I moved forward.

3. Pivot, Pivot, Pivot

If you’re a fan of the Friends series, you may remember the episode where Ross, Chandler, and Rachel are moving Ross’s new couch and he consistently says “Pivot! Pivot! Pivoottt!”

This is the word I want you to remember when you feel stuck on your journey.

Change is inevitable; and we grow through changes.

Pivoting in business is as common as bread at an Italian Restaurant.

Get as comfortable with change as you possibly can.

In the first few years of being an entrepreneur, there are going to be massive growing pains.

There are multitudes of skills you’re learning.

There’s knowledge that seems never-ending.

And there’s the possibility that what you choose to niche in, solve, or brand yourself as will change.

Let yourself change. Choose to pivot. Choose to shift your path instead of giving up entirely.

It’s likely that your first idea won’t succeed. Or your second. Or third. Or fourth. Maybe not even until your 30th.

It’s different for everyone. But knowing this upfront can help soothe your mind when or if it does happen to you.

For me, I failed over 30 times before I found my niches.

Yes, niches. Plural.

I’m currently the CEO of 4 businesses. I’m a creative entrepreneur, and I like variety. It took me a while to figure it out, but I did.

And that’s the point.

I allowed myself to pivot so many times that I found the things I wanted to specialize in.

I found the platforms I enjoy.

I found the niches that both light me up and allow me to help others.

All because I allowed myself to Pivot.

I failed fast so I could begin again fast. I attempted and attempted and attempted.

Did I doubt myself at times? Yes.

Did I have breakdowns and moments of despair? You bet.

Did I allow it to stop me? Absolutely not.

This is one of the reasons in the list above I included the question about your support system.

In my times of breakdowns, I consulted the people I trusted. Not for them to give me business advice, but for them to help me see my strengths again.

The entrepreneur journey doesn’t have to always be alone. Yes, it is you that is the sole person working towards your dream, but there are people ready to support you if you ask.

Entrepreneurship is a journey that is like nothing else.

It’s liberating, motivating, thrilling, and fulfilling.

And if you cultivate and incorporate these skills and lessons, you will reach success as an entrepreneur.

You can make your dream a reality.

So plan ahead in a way that feels correct for you.

Don’t let pride get in the way.

Persevere through the perceived failures.

Accept change as a standard in life.

Pivot when needed.

And, above all, never ever give up on your dream.

This article was originally published on Medium by Lillith Elaina.

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The Biggest Business Shift in History is Here… Will it Stay?

The future versus the past—how to implement these changes for good.

In the past two years, we’ve seen some radical shifts in the business world.

Work from home, virtual conferences, flexibility in scheduling due to sickness, and a whole plethora of smaller changes that before this time in history, haven’t been explored.

And employees don’t want things to “return to normal,” so what’s the deal?

A Return To Normal

What even is normal anymore?

A 5-day workweek, anywhere from 8 am to 6 pm, long commutes to work, and being in the office every day possible.

That’s what normal used to be.

But now that offices have survived almost 2 years in this new setup, some employees hope that there is more flexibility for them going forward.

Whether you’re an introvert that wants to do the job from home, an extrovert who likes to converse with people in the office, or someone in between who wouldn’t mind having a few days in the office and then a few to recharge at home, the shift may work better for everyone if it stays. And here’s why.

Employees Want to Work Smarter, More Efficiently, and Faster — and For Some, That’s at Home

Now, yes, there are some instances with having kids where this statement isn’t always true. But for the majority of people, having to work from home is more motivating because there’s not a supervisor breathing down their necks.

Or there aren’t as many distractions as around the office. There’s the ability to go out and get coffee in the morning. An ability to take lunch when you’re hungry or finish your work early and be done for the day.

The biggest difference is that the workday is not metered by the amount of time spent at the office. It’s metered by the quality of and the completion of tasks or projects.

There’s less “busy work” and more focus on actual things that need to get done.

Remember in school when the teachers used to hand out busy work when there was a substitute in class that day? That’s how the modern-day office environment feels.

And employees are ready for that environment to change.

Focus on what projects and tasks need to get done, rather than just doling out work to them for them to complete because they’re “on the job.” Your employees will appreciate it, the office morale will increase, and they’ll be more inclined to finish their work at a higher quality.

Flexibility Will Win the Employees Quality

If you’ve ever tried to force something to happen in your office, you’ve seen the turnout. It’s angry at best, and unmotivated at worst.

So why, when so many employees have expressed their desires to work from home, are they being ordered back into the office?

Is it simply because the company can’t “keep an eye” on them while they’re working?

If they’re meeting all of their work requirements and producing quality work, why would the company need to continue to “keep an eye” on them?

Bottom line, if you don’t trust your employees to do the job they were hired to do, why are they hired at your office?

Employees appreciate having more flexibility, even if they have to be in the office 2 to 3 days per week because they get to have more time with their families, friends, and for themselves to relax.

And relaxed, happy employees work better.

So what needs to be implemented going forward to hopefully keep this change? If you’re a supervisor, take these next suggestions into account. If you’re an employee, suggest these to your company.

Suggestions to Keep Everyone Happy

Compromise and communication are the keys to solving any disputes. And it’s no longer the company that’s solely ruling over its employees. So let’s look at some possible ways to compromise between the two.

Work in office 2 to 3 days per week, and work from home 2 to 3 days per week

This may work for those who don’t mind coming in still. Plus, talk to your employees, some may actually want to come into the office still. It’s not that everyone wants to stay home all the time, but the option is helpful for those who do.

And if it’s absolutely imperative for employees to be in the office every week, be flexible with how much or how many days or even for what specific projects they’ll need to be in person for.

Have a scheduled meeting every week or every day to start the day

While this option doesn’t cut down on Zoom time, having a meeting in the morning to simply discuss the week or the day’s tasks is helpful. It’s more helpful for the supervisor to talk to everyone directly at once than it is to have 25 different conversations.

Also, you can set times to check-in or at what point’s to send over the day’s work. But during these meetings, make sure they’re being used properly, and not just sitting around wasting everyone’s time. They could get started on their work instead if a meeting isn’t needed.

Have a trial period of work from home

Though the trial has been these past 2 years, some companies are afraid that if workers don’t return to the office, they won’t continue making their quotas. Which is simply a fear, not truth or representation of what really will happen.

Nonetheless, suggesting a trial period of work from home, say 3 to 6 months, and having monthly quality check-ins to see how it’s going can be the bridge. If this trial period goes well, talk about a longer-term arrangement. If it doesn’t, lessen the time at home. But be honest — on both sides — about what’s working and what isn’t.

Communicate, communicate, communicate

Most companies, as I stated above, are scared. They’re staring an unknown reality in the face.

Communication helps alleviate many of these fears.

So whether that means having email check-ins, conference call check-ins, or a weekly check-in at the office, find out what style of communication would help best. And use it.

What if none of these work and my company won’t agree to any terms?

Honestly, if you’re unhappy with it, they won’t work with you on it, and there’s nothing else you can do about it, it’s time to decide whether or not you want to stay at that company.

You have a choice.

You can start looking for other jobs, you can start your own business, you can start a side hustle, you can look for remote work jobs… There are many possibilities to what you can do.

So instead of asking “What can I do?” ask yourself “What do I WANT to do?”

The business environment is shifting and will shift eventually. This is the path of the modern-day (and the future of) the business world. But this is the time for employees to start asking for the shift to be more permanent.

It’s not a clear-cut road ahead. It’s still vastly unknown territory. However, we’ve seen what’s been possible over the past 2 years.

And I don’t know many people who are happily willing to go back to how it was before.

Do you?

This article was originally published on Medium by Lillith Elaina.