Fiona Reith: Staying calm in uncertain times

We’ve been admirers of Fiona for a while, and for good reason! Fiona is the UK’s first accredited design-your-life coach, and refers to herself as a recovering overachiever!

Fiona was won over my the methodology after applying it to herself. After a career in both the private and public sectors, she was seeking to balance her life as a working mum, and needed some frameworks to help her figure out her direction. She trained in the US, and has since worked with numerous clients in 1-1 sessions, as well as in group and company contexts.

We adore Fiona’s uplifting and insightful LinkedIn presence, which is why we invited her to be a guest on the first-ever “Life Sprint speaks to…” event, one which would focus on how to find grounding during the quarantine.


Life Sprint Zoom

Along with 15 of you, we joined Fiona via Zoom, to pose questions and pick her brain! Enjoy the talk, we certainly did!

Our key takeaways:

  • 1. Tackle things step by step
    You don’t need to have everything figured out right now, just take baby steps in the direction that makes you feel happy.
  • 2. Schedule blank time
    This is essential, especially at the moment, as it will help block out external noise. You need this for your sanity, and to help you be more focused on what you want.
  • 3. You already know what you need
    In 99% of cases, all the answers you need are already within you. Sometimes you just need help pulling them out: don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • 4. Journal
    Writing thoughts down is a powerful way to take control, plus you can use these notes to re-write and reframe things that have been holding you back in your head.
  • 5. Network, network, network
    Personal connections are powerful, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Connect with people on LinkedIn and invite them for virtual coffees! People will be happy to not have “productivity” Zoon calls!


Book List

Fiona is full of book recommendations, and she references a few during our talk, including:

Designing your Life – Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Essentialism – Greg McKeown
The Happiness Trap – Russ Harris
Atomic Habits – James Clear



About Life Sprint

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