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The freedom to design our work lives has never been better! The standard ‘nine to five’ is becoming less common, as the idea of a successful career is shifting. Our career options are plentiful – running our own business, freelance work, working multiple jobs, a full time job and a side hustle, or working from home. While it can be daunting in some aspects, it can also be exciting. Never has it been easier for us to design our work lives to be exactly as we want them!

Having flexibility in our work means we can plan our days however we like. Read on for our top tips to thriving in an unconventional career path, and creating your dream career path.

Get up early and establish a morning routine

As tempting as it can be to hit snooze and sleep in a little, there is no denying that getting up early is the best start to a productive day. Establish a morning routine that leaves you feeling inspired and ready to tackle the day is key. I personally like to start my day with a workout. I find it helps to have something booked in, to make sure you get up in the morning. And the post-workout high is the perfect mindset to begin your work day. Try to stop yourself from checking social media and emails until after your workout is complete and you’ve taken the time to enjoy breakfast.

A change of scenery can really boost your productivity

Working for yourself or from home means that you often end up spending a lot of time alone. While it sounds like you would get a lot down in this environment without many interruptions, it isn’t always the case. Heading to a local cafe for a coffee, can break up the day and let you immerse yourself into a more social scene – while still getting a lot done. There’s something quite lovely about being out and about and people watching while getting through your to-do list. And, the coffee is a good incentive too! Schedule in a few times during your week, to get out of your office and mix it up your surroundings.

Make the effort to network in lots of different circles and attend events

There’s no doubting that going to a networking event by yourself can be nerve wracking. When you are your own boss, it can be easy to stay in your comfort zone as you have no one forcing you out of it!Try to make an effort to attend as many events as you can. You never know who you may meet and where new connections may lead. It is also the perfect opportunity to meet people you have connected with on social media, and expand your business contacts. After a few events, it will become part of your standard routine!

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Amy Knight

Amy is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, having studied Nutrition and Dietetics at Monash University in Melbourne. A food lover since an early age, Amy has always loved making a mess in the kitchen and creating recipes that are delicious and make you feel good! Amy is a big believer that food is not simply fuel, it is also a big part of how we show love, spend time with loved ones and enjoy life! She loves helping people find a balanced relationship with food, and hopes to show that healthy food can be simple, easy and affordable, and most importantly enjoyable!

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