Time management tips mobilize you when you need to respond fast. Once a serious disruption throws you off your feet, every second counts. These 2 guidelines help provide you with a crisis management plan for earth-shaking changes.
Be assured that you can convert a crisis into a positive challenge. Both of these 2 steps are essential; pay particular attention to the one that you tend to pass over. Adding a personalized crisis management plan into your skill set can make the difference between becoming “strong in the broken places” and losing confidence, losing momentum and losing precious time.
1. Manage Your Reactions in the Moment.
The more serious the challenge, the more you must keep your head. Keep in mind that it doesn’t mean you ignore the feelings that surge up. You simply set them down, temporarily, to meet your responsibilities in the face of the unexpected. This helps safeguard your power. When you are self-possessed, you won’t succumb to resistance and let feelings run riot.
You exercise time sensitivity each time you mentally bracket difficult events as something to deal with now and to vent your feelings about later.
Naturally, this requires work! Consider how many skillful people actually convert workable challenges into crises by losing perspective. Don’t join them. Ask yourself to envision a dignified response, and commit to enacting it.
2. Vent Your Feelings Later
Then set aside sufficient time to work with your feelings in private. If you consider it an indulgence to take all the time you need to work to neutrality, think again! When you give yourself the time to fully process troubling challenges, you create perspective. Furthermore, you build realism and optimism. And these 2 qualities ensure resilience under the most taxing circumstances.
To vent safely, create a welcoming space where you can work undisturbed. Experiment with journaling, verbally emoting, and physically releasing stress, until emotions no longer fog your vision. Adding a regular, brisk walk moves your energy and helps you get a good night’s sleep.
Maintain a compassionate and loving approach throughout. Even if you caused your crisis, plant yourself in the present and look forward. Lessons, logistics and love are the ideal traveling companions for you.
Finally, think of all those you’ve encountered or heard about who have turned their crisis into an opportunity. Joining this universal community of support by drawing on your best energies helps you, and others you may not ever even know.
How can you incorporate these lessons today to bring more power to your time choices?© Copyright 2011 Paula Eder, Ph.D.