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Ever feel like you are drowning in information about how to advance your career, level up professionally, and to get out of being stuck in your career? Do you find yourself in endless Google searches to find that perfect piece of advice that will help unlock professional success? If you’re honest with yourself, your quest for the magic solution, tip, or trick hasn’t worked yet … which is why you’re on this webpage!
Getting unstuck in your career starts with taking action, not seeking out more in information. The more career advice you seek out, the more likely you are to be overwhelmed with conflicting advice, opinions, and strategies that have not helped move the needle when it comes to advancing your career. In this episode of the Career Strategy Podcast, we dive into the common trap of constantly seeking more and more information, and how it can hinder your career progress.
Consuming endless advice and opinions, leading to confusion, overwhelm, and decision fatigue. In the episode you’ll learn about the danger of FSP activities (False Sense of Progress) and how they can make you stay stuck in your career longer than necessary. Overcoming the fear and vulnerability associated with taking action is crucial, and in this episode, you’ll learn practical tools to help you focus and be more productive.
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Discussion Questions About The Episode
- How often do you find yourself seeking out more information rather than taking action in your career? How do you think this affects your progress and decision-making?
- What's the #1 reason you feel like you're stuck in your career right now?
- Can you relate to the concept of false sense of progress (FSP) activities in your own career? What are some examples of FSP activities that you engage in, and how do they prevent you from actually taking action?
- What are some challenges or fears that you face when it comes to taking action in your career? How do these challenges impact your overall progress and growth?
- Have you ever tracked how much time you spend on FSP activities? Were you surprised by the amount of time and energy that could have been better utilized towards taking action? How can you redirect your focus towards more productive activities?
- What strategies or habits can you develop to become more of an action taker in your career? How can you find the balance between gathering information and actually implementing it to achieve your goals?
Sarah Doody [00:00:00]: Hey there. I’m Sarah Doody, host of the Career Strategy Podcast. Many professionals are seeking more impact, flexibility, growth, and let’s face it, getting paid what they’re worth. But how do you unlock this in your career? It starts with strategy. I’m taking you behind the scenes of what’s working for my career coaching clients. You’ll hear strategies news and actionable, yet sometimes against the grain, advice for how you can be the CEO of your career and stop in Mondays. Ready to level up your career? Let’s get after it. Welcome back to another episode of the Career Strategy Podcast.
Sarah Doody [00:00:43]: And today, I wanna talk to you about the idea that perhaps in your career right now. What you don’t need is more and more and more information. What maybe you need is actually just more action. So one of the things I’ve noticed in my own career And through working with many people advancing their careers regardless of what stage they’re at is that at some point, We have to just stop seeking out more information and start focusing on taking action. It’s So easy to kind of delay or procrastinate taking action by doing another Google search, trying to find yet another opinion on something, but oftentimes, this seeking out of more information is just preventing you and feeding into this procrastination that many of us and myself included struggle with. So I wanna help you understand maybe some of the problems that consuming more and more and more information can have, and maybe you can relate to some of these. So first of all, Consuming more and seeking out more information often leads to contradicting advice and opinions. Right? And then you’re wondering, Well, what do I even believe? Which leads to confusion.
Sarah Doody [00:02:16]: Right? Which leads to then overwhelm and frustration, and then You’re kinda left with decision fatigue because you’re trying to decide whose advice and information should you believe and so much more. And for some of us, it leads to decision paralysis too where we just end up doing nothing. And I don’t want you to do nothing. I want you to be an action taker. So seeking out more and more information is really something that I refer to as an FSP activity. Now FSP stands for False sense of progress, FSP. And it’s really this activity that makes us feel like we are making progress, but we’re actually not because we’re not taking action. And, obviously, action does not always equal progress.
Sarah Doody [00:03:12]: Sometimes progress means we need to be consuming information to learn something. But many, many, many, many of us Revert to just collecting more and more information instead of taking action. And I think this is because Taking action, it’s hard. Right? It requires mental effort and energy. It’s time consuming. Writing your resume, updating your LinkedIn, applying to jobs, that is not an easy task. Right? Sometimes taking action means we are Putting ourself in a vulnerable place. Right? We are putting ourselves out there by applying to jobs or updating our LinkedIn or updating our resume, and it can be a little scary.
Sarah Doody [00:04:02]: Totally want to acknowledge that. But Here’s the thing. Right? If you tracked for maybe a week or even, honestly, a day, how much time you spend on FSP, false sense of progress activities. I think you would probably be really blown away with how much time you’re spending on these things, and that’s time you could be using. Not just time. It’s time and energy you could be using to taking action. I also want you to really try and get into the habit of noticing which activities you engage in to procrastinate taking action, and to help you Be more productive. I wanna recommend a tool.
Sarah Doody [00:04:51]: This is not sponsored. I just personally love this tool. It’s called get Flow. And you can find it at flowapp.info. So fl0winfo. We will link it in the show notes. This is a productivity timer, and you can use it on your desktop, so your laptop, your computer. And it just shows you a short timer.
Sarah Doody [00:05:16]: You can set it forever you want. I generally set it for a 25 minute work burst, but it really serves as a form of accountability, which helps me focus on activities that actually matter and not FSP type activities. And the last tip I wanna leave you with is at the end of each day, Take 5 or 10 minutes to start planning what action you need to do the next day. And by doing this the day before or the evening before. You are a little bit more clear headed, and you reduce the risk that doing that in the morning, you might be distracted by things that come into your email inbox or an Instagram post or a LinkedIn post that you read. Right? Some other things that could keep you distracted. So try making your to do list the night before, and you might find that you’re able to be more productive the next morning rather than needing to spend, you know, a couple of minutes or Hour in the morning figuring out what should I do today. Right? Alright.
Sarah Doody [00:06:26]: So I hope this gives you some really practical tips on how to be an action taker and really cautiously find the balance between information and action. Because if you really think about this and evaluate your own activities, I think you’re gonna realize You don’t need more information. What you need to do is to develop strategies and habits that help you become an action taker. Alright. I hope this was helpful. I hope it gives you some ideas and things to think about related to how you approach your career on development, and I will see you in the next episode. Talk to you later. Thanks for listening to the Career Strategy Podcast.
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