An “Autonomy” account is 3 to 6 months of salary in a bank account. I sometimes call it “go to hell” money.
We are all happier when we have autonomy, the ability to choose actions that will impact our lives.
An “Autonomy” account allows you to get up every morning and decide if you want to go to work or not.
You could decide not to work because you have a choice. Your savings will get you through a job search.
More importantly it gives you a cushion to make the right decisions at work, even if the boss might fire you.
It lets you sleep better at night because you have a cushion if you get laid off.
Start building your “Autonomy” account today, even if it is as little as $100 per month.
Do you feel like your work is a choice or something you are stuck with?
1. Write at the top of blank sheet of paper, “I expect my boss to:”
2. Then make a list of your expectations.
3. Put a star next to the most important expectations.
4. Now cross out “I expect my boss to: “ and write in “I would be grateful if my boss were to:”
Now you have a list of what you will appreciate if it happens rather than what you will be angry about when it doesn’t happen.
For the expectations you starred, sit down and talk to your boss.
Courteously ask them if they can help in those areas. Be ready to discuss how they can help.
What ideas do you have?