Be calm. Remain focused. Have a back-up plan. Those three short phrases form the essence of dealing with life's curve balls. Maintaining calm in chaotic, difficult situations can help you navigate your way through it.
While I always recommend planning, sometimes even the best plans don't go exactly as expected. But it's rarely the end of the world when this happens. Here are my top four tips to help you remain productive and positive when things don't go as you originally hoped they would.
- Remain calm. A surefire way to ensure your day is really unproductive is to waste most of it getting frantic, frustrated and angry. Stay calm and you'll be able to being formulating and implementing solutions in the most productive, stress-free manner.
- Focus on the solution. Rather than complaining about the problem, focus your mind and energy on the
For example, if you just burned the roast and company is arriving in a half hour, don't focus on the burnt roast. Focus on where the nearest Chinese take-out restaurant is or focus on a meal you can whip up quickly in the meantime.
If you can't get a report to a customer when you promised it, don't waste time being frustrated over missing the deadline. Determine when you can get the customer his report and what you can do in addition for the customer to make up for this late report delivery.
- Have a back-up plan. While you certainly don't need to have a detailed back-up plan for everything in your day, having one is definitely suggested for any major events.
For instance, if you're planning an outdoor birthday party for your son, you should have a back-up plan in case it rains.
Or, if you're planning to show a Powerpoint presentation from your laptop at an upcoming workshop, have paper handouts on hand in case you have difficulties with your laptop or the power in the presentation room.
- Don't sweat it. Regardless of how bad things may turn out, try not to sweat it. Realize that things aren't always going to work out, chalk it up to experience and look ahead to the future. Make a list of what went wrong and how you can help ensure it doesn't happen again in the future. Focus on 'what's next' rather than dwelling on the past.
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