Transition Challenges: Stay on Track with 3 Timely Tips

Posted on March 14, 2013, under Transitions and Time.

Transition Time and BoundariesTransition.  What kinds of feelings does that word bring up for you?  A transition time can certainly be challenging – but it also offers opportunities to explore, learn and grow!

The shift to Daylight Saving Time is an excellent, annual example.  I notice that this transition becomes more of a challenge  as I age.  But I also notice how, with the years, I acquire new skills for managing the changes.

Transition Times:   Boundaries are key

Creating boundaries is your right.  Did you ever think of it that way?  And during a time of transition, your boundaries help define your pathway.

You have the right to set boundaries that are beneficial to you. You can create boundaries to protect your time, your energy, and your space. These boundaries support you in using your power in appropriate ways.

Because a transition time can be disorienting, it is especially important to create your own, clear boundaries so you can support yourself through the transition process.

Transition Boundaries:  3 Tips

  • Think about your boundaries before implementing them.  Plan ahead for best results. Record your boundaries, and when you choose to use them, in your calendar. Visualize acting on them and be aware of your feelings. Get used to them in advance. Soon they will become automatic for you.
  • Make your boundaries specific.  A specific boundary is concrete and clearly defined. It is grounded in your reality and your needs. The more carefully you develop your boundary, the more you can hold onto it and adapt it if necessary.
  • Maintain the boundaries you’ve created. Keep your promises to yourself. You need to become your own positive role model and best friend. Once you set your boundaries, make sure you follow through. That way, you reinforce your trust in yourself.

Transition Bonus Tip:

Assess and reassess your boundaries.  Analyze the effectiveness of the boundaries you set. Are they still meeting your needs? Be specific about any problems you encounter. Then brainstorm solutions and try them out. Adjust your boundaries for a better fit. You can always change them again, if need be.

How can you use boundaries to ease a transition in your life … starting today?

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There are 2 Responses to “Transition Challenges: Stay on Track with 3 Timely Tips”

#1 Sarah Rockwell - 15 March, 4:10 AM

I’ve never thought of boundaries in relationship to Daylight Savings Time. It’s a very interesting perspective and gave me new insight. This year, I felt delighted that there was more light in the day, but that is probably only a change in perspective, also, because I am awake when it is light out…

#2 Paula - 15 March, 8:40 AM

Hi Sarah –

I’m so glad you found the tips here helpful; and I think that’s an excellent insight in terms of the shift being ‘only’ a change of perspective.

Since I am not a morning person, I don’t experience the loss of morning light when we ‘spring forward.’ Many of my friends and colleagues, however, find that the transition challenges them and disrupts morning routines.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts – and here’s to your time success!

Paula

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