Time management tips can be lifesavers in times of crisis. These 5 essential steps help you create the “>The 5-Step Prep for Crisis Control
Your key is to establish a strong base of support now – one that prepares you for whatever may come.
Step #1: Learn from Earlier Crises That You Handled.
Enhance your resilience by recalling past successes. And reviewing times when you lost your footing helps too. Chances are you learned valuable life lessons. During challenges:
• Which of your traits helped you cope?
• What lessons emerged?
• Which strengths did you call on?
How do you want to build on these? Envision meeting a challenge well.
All this validates your capacity to cope.
Step #2: Scan Your Plans to See What You Can Drop if Needed.
How will you respond if your day is disrupted? Prioritizing tasks helps you decide in advance what you can postpone or delegate if needed. Once you know where your flex is, return to the challenges of the moment. In this way, you can focus on what is in front of you. If there’s a change, you’ll be prepared to adapt.
Step #3: Create a Well-Informed Circle of Support.
Each of us is unique. What one of us finds helpful may not be supportive to another. So it’s optimal to meet with friends, co-workers and family members in advance. Share openly what’s needed if trouble arises.
• Who is ready, willing and able to lend a hand?
• What support can they realistically provide?
• Remember to share and ask for important updates.
Consider what you might offer. Keep in mind your personal abilities and capabilities.
Step #4: Keep Good Records Others Can Refer to in Crises.
Nothing beats forethought and effective communication. Let others know how to access your instructions and important documents on short notice. You can use the checklist that follows as a base to build on:
___ Up-to-date e-mail addresses and phone numbers of those to contact in emergencies. (For example, family members, close friends, neighbors, doctors, your lawyer, and work supervisor.) Keep this current.
___ Let your neighbors know who comes to help out if you need assistance. Arranging for them to meet can prevent confusion later.
___ Keep your legal documents current. Alert those who might need them as to where they are.
___ Write clear instructions about how to care for dependents at home.
___ Store any private documents regarding your finances and health where they will be secure. Keys, combinations and passwords need to be shared only with those you trust.
___ Prepare a list of emergency supplies, including:
• Food for power outages.
• A small packed overnight bag.
• Recently checked fire extinguishers.
The more frequently you use, add to and adapt this guide to your specific needs, the more helpful it will be.
Step #5: Never Take What You Have For Granted.
Protect what you value. Also recognize that everything is a gift on loan. Knowing this helps you care for it and appreciate its vulnerability to change and loss. Striking this delicate balance helps you live in the present as well as prepare for the future.© Copyright 2013 Paula Eder, Ph.D.