A while ago, I attended a master of wealth event.

You know the type, where famous entrepreneurs present what they are good at, provide words of wisdom to those growing their own businesses, or wanting to break away from being an employee.

There were a number of super cool presenters including Robert Kiyosaki in a room of full of delegates from all walks of life. A question was asked about rules and if they were meant to be broken.

The resounding answer from the audience was YES. The correct answer so we found out was no, sometimes there are some to be followed and at other times there are those that are not, a little confusing to say the least.

Especially in a profession such as nursing.

What a great question!



As kids we are taught to follow the rules, get to school on time, to learn to read and write and do algebra…to tow the line, to fit in and be the status quo.

As you get older, you test the rules, start to break beliefs and cut a trail for yourself, be creative, be innovative and work out what works and what doesn’t.

You go to university or college, you sit and listen to your tutors, you learn clinical skills, go on placement…follow each step closely.

The thing is, the world has become so complex, so competitive, it is hard to know what is right for you and what isn’t.

You need to work out what rules you want to live by, the ones that are right for you and what will give you the results you want.


Obviously, in nursing, there is such a thing as evidence-based research, which governs clinical practice, saves lives and provides a foundation for quality care.

This is not what I am talking about.

There is always room for innovation and finding a better way to achieve the goals we are looking for in that space.

What I am talking about here, are rules for YOU, your work, your life, the way in which you succeed on a daily basis.



Question #1 Is it good for you?

This comes from my mantra of less is more, meaning keep it so simple.

Set your rules around what is good for you, work or your business venture.

For example….take the packet of Tim Tams…you say to yourself you will have one and end up eating half the packet.

Is it good for you? No, don’t eat the Tim Tams!

You spend 3 hours checking Facebook, is it good for you?

Choose your rules and stick to it - Bron Watson

Yes or no…if you are doing research on social habits for an assignment, the answer might be yes, if you are checking out what everyone else is doing, the answer may be no.

I believe the challenge here is in the conscious awareness of actually taking notice what is going on.

How many times have you started a Google search for something super simple, and ended up 90 minutes later, reading an article completely unrelated to your Google search?

Being aware or being present in the decision around the rules you choose for yourself start with less complication, fewer steps, which leads to better outcomes, and better results.


Question #2 Decide the rules you want to keep around your work habits.

Are they good for you?

Shift work can be a killer for your health, not to mention social life.

Do you have good work habits to maintain the things that are important to you?

Doing shift work does not mean you can’t have good productivity habits.

Get up after a good sleep, turn your phone off, plan your day, your week and your month.


For example, it is well known that obesity is a problem in the general population. A study was conducted into the prevalence of overweight and obesity and the association with demographic, reproductive work variables in a representative cohort of working nurses and midwives in Australia, New Zealand and the UK


The prevalence of obesity was higher in this cohort when compared to the statistics of each of the listed countries.

Research is telling us to look at what is good for us, which obviously starts with the individual themselves.You dont learn to walk by following the rules. You learn by doing, and falling over. Sir Richard Branson

I did afternoon and night shifts for 10 years…by choice as I had a young family, that ended up being a large family.  Five robust healthy boys.

During this time, I had managed to get myself a position in a well-known organisation in the entertainment industry as a marketing coordinator. I had chosen to look outside the nursing profession for work.

I would work Friday day in the marketing role, and then work a 10 hour night shift to keep my nursing position.

Plus, have a child under the age of one.

Looking back, was what I was doing good for me…no not really.

With that said, it provided me with the opportunity to grow my professional career and provide much-needed income to our young family.

It’s about setting the rules you choose to follow, and the time you set to make it happen.

Look at important areas in life…

  • Exercise.
  • Smoking.
  • Nutrition.
  • Developing your mind.
  • Coffee.
  • Sweets.
  • Professional development.
  • Sleep.

It does not have to be major life change; it can be a simple one-step-at-a-time approach.

Once you set your simple rules for you, work and life, decide which ones you will not break.


Question #3 Take a hard look at the rules you play by right now.

Whether you realise it or not, there is a load of rules you have set by choice or by habit.

What are the ones that are working?

More importantly, what are the ones that are not?

Be truthful.  Results do not come when you are kidding yourself.

The focus is on the ones you want to keep and breaking the ones you don’t.

Easy to say and a lot harder to action.

Start with what you want with your goals.

It comes down to focus on only the ones you want to grow your mind, your career and life.

Being aware of what is really going on.

For this to take place, you need to know what you want.

Choose your rules and stick to it.




[i] Bogossian, F. E. et al. 2012 ‘A cross-sectional analysis of patterns of obesity in a cohort of working nurses and midwives in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom’, International Journal of Nursing Studies, Vol. 49 , Issue. 6 , pp. 727 – 738