SCC252: 5 Ways to Stop Being Productive and Crush Your Career Change with Teresa McCloy

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Have You Been Wanting To CHANGE YOUR CAREER But FEELING STUCK? Are You In Need Of CLARITY To TAKE YOUR FIRST STEP Towards YOUR DREAM CAREER? I am here to help you do that. Stay tuned! 

Kingsley Grant
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Sometimes we have to do what is counterproductive to the status quo like "stop being productive" so that we can actually be productive. 

Stop being productive with Teresa McCloy and Kingsley GrantThis sounds like a contradiction of terms. But not according to my guest - Teresa McCloy.

Teresa contends that many people see themselves as being productive when in essence are simply busy but not having much to show for it at the end of the day.

I have been guilty of that. Many times I find myself very busy doing "stuff" but not the stuff that really matters. Even though I'm making progress on what it is I'm working on, yet I find myself working on the "wrong" things.

Hearing from someone who considers herself to be a recovering workaholic, is refreshing because she makes no bones about it as to raising both hands to say "guilty as charged."

Teresa's journey took her several years to admit to herself that she needed to stop being "productive" and do what matters. After working many years in a ministry position she made a decision to make a significant career change at an age where some would question her decision.

At the age of 50, she began began to question what she wanted to do for the remainder of her life. After much consideration, she decided to return to the farm and help her husband while at the same time work on her new found career.

With the help of a couple assessment tools such as the MOS iEnneagram® and the 12 Week Year™ System, she was able to identify her strengths and weakness. Armed with this information, she pivoted to her new career as coach and consultant.

Practical Transition Advice:

  • Pull your circle of the right friends in tight when you are going through this process.
  • Find people who are supportive and in your corner
  • You may have to choose some different people to be your new circle.
  • Use technology to your advantage to connect with like-minded people. Groups, masterminds and other connection is one way to do that.
  • The period of transition varies from person to person but it normally takes about anywhere from 6 to 18 months.
  • Fear is a very normal part of the journey. So having others around you helps in the process. Talking through it with others makes a difference.
  • Do a little of the change process on the side. Do it part-time during spare hours.
  • Getting your feet "wet" overtime can help with the fear and build our confidence during the process.
  • Take small steps in this journey. Do the small things that matters.

The 12 week year:

  • Break up your year in periods to work on what you are focusing on. It keeps you focused on key parts of your transition. Break into manageable goals.
  • It helps you stay committed and do deep work during that time frame. It makes your transition feasible as you gain momentum through the process.

5 ways to stop being productive and crush your career change

  1. Stop working on more than one project at a time. … create a strategic block to make this possible
  2. Stop checking emails more than twice a day
  3. Stop using sticky notes and scraps of paper… buy one notebook and write everything in that note book throughout your day. make your to-do list there. Take it everywhere you go.
  4. Stop shuffling papers around. Only touch paper one time.
  5. Stop saying yes to everything, which is probably the hardest one. Ask, am I the right person to get this task done? Reframe question  with, who would be most qualified or the best person to do this task?

At the end of this interview you will find out about some resources that Teresa has made available to you the listener of Smooth Career Change Online Radio Show. 

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TERESA McCLOY is A recovering workaholic who was addicted to all the latest apps, software, and best selling books on productivity, is now passionate about helping business leaders and entrepreneurs to assess their habits and execute an Individualized Productivity System (IPS) for doing more of what matters.

Teresa is a founding trainer and coach with the12 Week Year™ System, and uses tools such as MOS iEnneagram® and Life Maps, serving her clients through one-on-one coaching, webinars, and training to discover their unique talents, values and life mission.


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My ideal client is a Leader, Small Business Owner or a person in Transition who wants to quickly and smoothly navigate the change process so that they can focus on crushing their dream aspirations.

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  • June 8, 2017

    Great information about how to find out how to change careers without getting so stressed. I love the tips about not working on more than one project at a time and not checking email all day. Thanks for sharing!

    • kingsleygrant
      June 15, 2017

      Thanks Amy. Happy you found it helpful and that you are a listener of the show. I felt convicted. Haha.