Time resilience is one of the most powerful tools in your time management toolbox. When the best laid plans go awry, time resilience introduces the flexibility, creativity and agility that are necessary to thrive. Roy H. Williams once quoted a young rabbi, saying,
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.
It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Time resilience shines at the heart of this wisdom. You don’t simply endure; you find time to create a new dance in response to life’s storms!
Time resilience is a composite of diverse skills.
It is made up of a cluster of characteristics that you can draw on when times get tough. You enhance your time resilience as you use these skills – making strategic time choices, confronting new challenges, and navigating through your day.
What are some of these time resilience skills?
Creativity, flexibility, resourcefulness, patience, persistence, and gratitude are individual strengths that enrich your approach to each moment. By combining these skills, you form a core of time resilience. This, in turn, provides you with a path for progressing through problems and making helpful time choices at pivotal times.
Time resilience affects how you see.
Success builds on success. Your resilient strengths shape how you view challenging situations, as well as how you experience your life as a whole. Time resilience can be learned, and it helps to ensure your forward momentum.
Time resilience – a quick exercise:
- Think back to a recent challenging situation. Describe it to yourself in full detail. Write it down if that helps.
- Now, visualize yourself moving through it. Activate all of your senses.
- What do you see?
- What do you smell and hear?
- What feelings well up?
- Next, visualize how you handled that challenge. Stay with yourself as you deliberately move through it.
- Then allow yourself to come back to this present moment.
- Quickly write down and describe how you navigated this challenge.
- What emotions evolved?
- What skills did you call on to guide you through? List them.
This is your particular cluster of time resilience tools.
Appreciate them, along with your choice to draw on them. Consider what new skills you might add to your resilience list. Remember that resilient strengths, like core muscles, support you all the time, enhancing your capacity to flex, respond and stretch.© Copyright 2012 Paula Eder, Ph.D.