Can You Use A Bit More Structure In You Career Planning?



They say don’t look back because you’re not going that way but over the last year I’ve dedicated significant time to look back at my past professional experiences and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Providing structure is something that I do naturally but that I also developed into a marketable skill through my education and work experience. I realized on Monday that I had let my structure and daily routine fade away over the last couple of months. I felt myself returning to the path of being “booked and busy”.

Ummmm..NO! That realization stopped me in my tracks. Me and “booked and busy” already broke up and will not be getting back together. No way, so just go on and go on about your business now!

It was only when I slowed down and allowed myself to stop trying to “catch up” from the time I took off to celebrate my birthday that I realized that I have been creating to-do lists with tasks that needed to be completed but not setting weekly or monthly goals.

It was when I got still that I realized that I have 18 books that I have not read and that I haven’t read a complete book in about 8 months.

It was when I grounded myself in nature that I came to the realization that Authentic Nicki enjoys structure and routine because they provide more opportunities for more intentional focus and the freedom to be more spontaneous and adventurous.

Let this be your reminder that rest is not earned and that you can be more productive, efficient, and effective AFTER you pause and release.

Yes, I’ve replaced “booked and busy” with “productive and paid” and I invite you to join me.

Let me know if I can assist you or your agency with planning, processes, or productivity.




Nicki Sanders, MSW, supports high-performing women of color in social work leadership in developing careers that feed their hearts, minds, and wallets. As Founder and CEO of Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, her mission is simple – to eliminate toxic workplaces by developing skilled, empathetic, and goal-oriented leaders who have the vision, support, and resources to create a culture where business prospers, and employees thrive individually and collectively. Nicki has an extensive background in nonprofit management leading high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams, volunteer recruitment and retention, and social impact programming. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life and career aligned with her values and purpose. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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