How to Level Up This Summer

Admiring my favourite piece from a visit to the Manchester Art Degree Show 2019


Levelling up can be difficult if you don’t know where to begin but the following tips should give you a good place to start. It’s important to be realistic as to where you are now and where you see yourself going. Step 1 is trying to figure out what changes you need to make to get there.

You know what works to get you motivated, even if you don’t, you know what doesn’t work so eliminate that and try whatever is left


Tip No. 1: Put Yourself Out There

Attend any events which could push you in the right direction to achieve your goal. One of my aims this summer is to improve my technical knowledge in relation to building materials and construction so one way I’m doing this is attending a RIBA CPD event. The events don’t even need to be directly related to your goal it could be broader. Going to an event alone and forcing yourself to mingle with likeminded people will improve your socialising skills which in turn might improve your chances of finding a job.


Tip No. 2: Setting Realistic Goals

Always set goals that are achievable in the amount of hours you can spare a week. There’s nothing wrong with having ambitious goals but it can be disheartening when you underestimate how long it will take you to reach it. Different goals in my opinion require different methods. For example, you may have an aspiration that need to be met by a certain date, i.e. a 5 mile running race which will require you to schedule your training and consistently hit those targets. However, if you want to learn a new language you may do that whenever you have spare time and therefore it varies week to week so you may not set an end date.


Tip No.3: Get Motivated

You know what works to get you motivated, even if you don’t, you know what doesn’t work so eliminate that and try whatever is left. Make a mood board with all your aspirations on, find icons to look up to and try to emulate, set a motivational phrase as your lock screen – do whatever you need to do to keep excited about achieving what you want. I have a mood board set as my laptop background so I’m constantly reminded of where I’m going.


Tip No. 4: Mindset

Everyone has off days. Days when you don’t want to socialise, maybe you’re feeling a bit under the weather or just don’t want to leave the warm confines of your bed. That’s perfectly ok. You need to take some time for yourself , relax and start the day after fresh. Start the following morning by being aware that you need to make extra effort to get out of the slump. Maybe get up early and fit in some exercise so you’ll feel the benefit of endorphins the rest of the day, treat yourself to your favourite morning brew and put on something a little comfier than usual to go to work. I find that journalling is also helpful in the evening of the slump-day to try and identify what caused your happy mindset to falter. This self-reflection helps you avoid or to a certain extent mitigate these effects in the future.


Tip No. 5: Attitude and Appearance

Whether it’s clothes, hair or attitude sometimes giving the image that you portray to the world an over haul can boost your confidence and cause others to see who you want to be. I am personally obsessed with improving my wardrobe so I can look tailored to whatever event crops up. Why not try a new hair cut or new clothing style that’s more conducive to your end game.


I hope you’ve found this helpful and if you have any tips on how you’re levelling up or any questions please leave a comment.

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