Time management tips are worthless if they can't help with tough transitions. You need to know that the effectiveness you develop will renew and even strengthen your confidence. Can you describe what makes the difference between challenges you respond to with self-assurance and those that keep you paralyzed or sleepless at night? Now is the ideal time to get some answers.
It's wisest to start with your own experience. Think back. Recall a transition, initially unwelcome, that led to your developing more competence and revitalizing your faith in yourself. Perhaps you lost your footing at first. How did you get back on your feet? What new skills did you develop?
Identify the constructive problem solving process. This is worth actively validating, because the benefits extend far beyond the initial challenge you have met. Transitional effectiveness is a lifelong gift. It will invigorate you, enhancing your overall productivity. Transitional effectiveness is not a gene you either possess or lack. It is simply a set of basic tools you can acquire, practice and add to any time. Here are some of the most versatile tools you can utilize during tough times.
Do not be taken in by their apparent simplicity. Their power derives from consistent use. And you will enjoy the best results by incorporating them into your daily routine.
Your Transitional Tool Chest
Tip #1: Cultivate the positive.
These 2 simple exercises provide immediate, dramatic benefits:
A. The Opening Door:
Within every loss is a gain to be coaxed out into the open. What door opens when a current door closes? The more forward-looking you become, the more quickly you leave fear, self-pity and resentment behind. Write down the potential gains, filing your notes where you can easily access them. Refer to your Opening Door notes often. This helps you survey your options with curiosity, not fear.
B. The Gratitude Attitude:
Every day, first thing in the morning and before bedtime, list 3 things you are genuinely grateful for. Write them down and look at them. Reflect on which time choices contribute to these gifts. People who do this consistently report a dramatic shift in outlook. Think of it as connecting to your most powerful resourcefulness. The positive energy becomes more and more accessible as you create more neural pathways to your creative and receptive centers.
Tip #2: Constructive self-talk
You always benefit by encouraging yourself. And who knows what you need to hear more than you? Become your own favorite coach as you assess and assign priorities, and fire the critic.
Tip #3: Don't worry. Strategize instead.
Any time you catch yourself worrying, write down the realistic concern and commit to conducting a problem-solving session at a scheduled time. Then fully enter this present moment. This, too, is an excellent energy recharger.
Tip #4: Simplify, and then simplify some more.
Let go of inessentials that drain your energy. Change requires resilience and foresight, so eliminate distractions. Encourage yourself to deal with uncomfortable tasks immediately. The peace of mind this brings translates into more energy for the remainder of your work.
Tip #5: Innovate your way into fresh opportunities.
Change pushes you outside your comfort zone. Instead of becoming rigid, invite yourself to experiment.
So, however difficult your current situation, and however profound your losses, celebrate the resilience of your spirit. Your life is change, and always will be. In fact, consider how moving forward is an ongoing process of losing and regaining your balance as you set one foot in front of the other. Bring positive energy to transitions. It will always reward you richly.
Now ask yourself: How can you start clarifying your priorities right now to find time for what matters the most to you?