Transitions in Your Life – Finding Time to Adapt and Grow

Transitions-Bridge

Transitions are part of the weave of your life.

Transitions are happening all the time. Our lives are peppered with them, and they affect us on every level.

For example, global warming is a worldwide transition, occurring over many years, with universal impact. On a more personal and individual level, our lives are colored with fundamental transitional events, such as birth and death.

Transitions shape our daily lives as we move from day to night. And each transition involves rituals, change and adaptation. So, how do you find time to support yourself as you go through your life transitions? This truly is just as important as finding time to support your family and friends — but very often it is something that we neglect.

Your schedule is already busy with relationships, work, and the logistics of daily living. And then there are times when you are faced with a major life transition. For starters, why not pause and think about how you define a life transition? Here are some examples:

  • Starting or ending primary relationships,
  • Having a child,
  • Moving to new surroundings, and
  • Changing jobs.

These are life transitions for anyone who undergoes them. But other life events may also affect you profoundly. What is unique and important is how you experience the events in your life and find the time to meet your personal needs.

To gauge your baseline, take any example of an event that is a life transition. Set aside 10 minutes once a day to think about it. During your 10 minutes
of reflection, write down the changes you will need to make to find the time to successfully navigate this transition.

Think of the example of having a new baby and then returning to work. Each member of your family is affected and faces big changes in daily activity. In this case:

  • You face the transition of returning to work after being at home with your new baby for the two months.
  • Your partner also faces the changes involved in an upheaval to the established routine.
  • And your new baby has to transition from being at home and setting her own schedule to being in day care.

This example illustrates how many transitions require a team approach to finding time. So, as you set aside your daily 10 minutes to identify what you need to change, we recommend you keep the people close to you involved in your finding time process.

1. Ask them what they see as important about the event. Be sure to encourage each person in your circle to state what he or she thinks will be important during this life transition.

2. Allow each person making this life journey with you to be clear about what he or she needs.

3. Include, in your plan for finding time, each person’s feelings, needs, and the unavoidable changes each will need to make.

4. For those of you who live alone, it is equally important to include your support system in your planning.

Problem solving together creates a sense of teamwork and coordinates efforts. Each of you can select methods of finding time that ease the transition for everyone concerned.

Remember that this is a dynamic process over time. Keep in touch with each other to ensure that original decisions are working and that everyone remains open to adjusting the plan as the transition evolves.

Here’s to your time success!

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