Predictable change is very different from unexpected change. Both present challenges. And both require different time and energy management skills.
As they say about our climate here in New England, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait – it’s sure to change!” That concept, applied more generally, can be a very helpful tip for living life in today’s culture.
In a previous post I encouraged you to embrace the expectation of change and incorporate it into your time management repertoire. Have you checked it out?
Change Comes in Different Flavors
There are two very different types of change:
There are the changes that we can anticipate, like the beginning of the school year, or the change from winter to spring; and
Both kinds of change present challenges. Both present opportunities as well.
Consider the predictable change from winter into spring. There are lots of activities connected to this. You may throw your windows open, put away your snow shovels and winter clothes, start thinking about planting your garden, or any number of other seasonal chores.
The predictable nature of these changes means that you can plan for them.
In fact, you may have even developed templates for particular seasonal tasks. Templates are excellent tools for incorporating what you learn from experience. They greatly enhance your efficiency, and they save you lots of time.
Planning Frees You
Another powerful benefit of planning is that it frees up your mind and your energy. This, in turn, allows you to experience predictable changes with a depth that can be very renewing. Here are three examples of ways that predictable changes can be refreshing and renewing. You might:
- Use this change as an opportunity to pause and reflect.
- Review your priorities and your time choices at this time, making it a point of new beginning.
- Deepen and refresh your spirit as you accomplish a necessary task by investing a quality of ritual in these predictable changes. They then become a part of your life’s larger rhythm.
How do you manage the predictable changes in your life? What opportunities do they present you with? What challenges?
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