How I get out of bed in the morning: top 5 tips

Business, L&D, Leadership, Management, mental health, workplace

Now the mornings are getting cold and dark, you might need more help than usual getting out of bed. Here are the top 5 things that help me to get out of bed and acting like a functional adult, especially when I’m feeling down. Let me know if you have any tips!

  1. Set a good alarm tone. This is so important for me, I don’t want to be woken up by something shrill and urgent. That is a recipe for annoyance and grump. Something upbeat that won’t frighten the life out of you when it comes on at 7am. Don’t annoy yourself before you’ve even given your *colleagues the opportunity to do it for you.
  2. Set a motivational message as your alarm. A friend of mine has, “if Frodo can get to Mordor, you can get out of bed”, as the text that accompanies her jazzy alarm tone. If we think about the trials and tribulations of poor Frodo, it can really put getting up for work into perspective.
  3. Create an inspirational play list to get ready to. If you’re feeling down in the dumps, it’s always best to avoid The Smiths and instead err towards the styles of Destiny’s Child. Many a morning I’ve gotten myself out of bed trying to be the type of woman Beyoncé wants me to be, because I’m a survivor. NB, if you have a significant other that works different hours to you, it might be best to use headphones or singledom can ensue.
  4. The 5 minute rule. If the thought of getting out of bed, caffeinated, dressed and into work feels like an insurmountable task, try breaking down tasks into manageable 5 minute slots. This can help with the feelings of being overwhelmed that in my experience accompany low mood/ Mondays.
  5. My reward for getting out of bed and into the office (other than my monthly wage) is a jolly nice cup of Nespresso coffee each morning. My coffee machine changed my life, and each morning my world is set on fire anew with a delicious cup of coffee. Thanks to a handy travel mug my mum bought me, I also get to have one of these treats in the car on the way to work too! If it’s good enough for George Clooney, it’s good enough for me – that’s my motto anyway.

Go on, get out of that bed – you can do it!

*My colleagues are lovely and don’t annoy me at all.


What qualifications do I need?

Business, education, L&D, Leadership, Management, qualifications

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it. – Theodore Roosevelt

This blog as been inspired by a conversation I had recently with a lovely German client of mine. After a day together, we went out for a pint and started chatting and she asked me what I studied at University. So I told her, I’ve got a BA and an MA in English Literature, and my specialism was postcolonial literature. She was baffled, “I thought you used to work as a manager in clinical trials?!” she exclaimed. I did, and now I’m a Learning & Business Development Consultant. It’s a funny old world, isn’t it?

My client explained to me that she got her degree in finance because at that time, in Germany, she was told that a degree like philosophy (which is what she actually wanted to study) would not get her a decent job at the end of it – and that got me thinking…

Certainly when I was at University I had no idea this is what I would be doing now. If I knew when I was 17, that my career would take me into L&D and business development, would I still have applied to study English Literature? I would hope so, I’ve had the privilege of learning about a subject I truly love, and when I studied literature I also studied history, politics, philosophy, gender, sexuality and cultural studies. I feel I’ve been incredibly lucky.

I’ve been very fortunate with my career journey and also in finding open-minded employers, willing to take a risk and give an un-experienced youngin’ a go. I do know that I’ve been fortunate, but I also think qualifications are what you make of them. Qualifications might get you into an interview, but on their own, they won’t get you the job. Interviewing well is one hell of an advantage.

I got into clinical trials (I was a technician in a lab) to pay for my Masters, but when I was at the lab I worked hard and tried to make an impression, and when I finished my Masters I was offered a supervisory role and then a management role. This is where I got my leadership experience, knowledge of working in a global environment, and HR training, which has been incredibly valuable to me in my current role.

Needless to say, if you want to be a dentist, don’t study English Literature – but, I would say, if you’re searching for your next employee, don’t discount someone who might be a little different to your usual candidate. They might bring with them a host of unexpected skills, experiences and talents. So far I’ve made a living out of being the youngest and least relevantly qualified candidate and I don’t think anyone has been too disappointed!

What do you guys think? Have any of you had a meandering career path like mine?