Expect the Unexpected: 5 Tips That Help

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Expect the unexpected to stay on track.

Does ‘expect the unexpected’ sound like an oxymoron to you?

Well, step back and consider: What do you do when the unexpected intrudes in your life?

Our world is filled with change. It’s happening all the time. 

And dealing with the sudden changes that present themselves to us is a difficult challenge.

It’s a challenge that is compounded by the fact that, by definition, we are unprepared for sudden changes. They come out of the blue and they upend our lives.

Expect the Unexpected

So, is there anything you can do to prepare for sudden changes? 

Yes, I would argue that you can establish a base that helps immensely. When you work from that base, you have a toolbox of skills and responses to draw from when the unexpected occurs.

If you’re curious about what that might look like, here are 5 tips to help you expect the unexpected and create your base. Using these tips you’ll develop skills to keep sudden change from totally disrupting your time choices and, by extension, your ability to take care of yourself and manage your life.

1. You hold the power.

Remember that your time choices, and the values that drive them, are yours, even when the unexpected intrudes.

Your established priorities may need to take a back seat to the urgent choices you need to make. But always remember that the time choices remain yours. The more fully you own your choices, the less you will feel victimized by your situation.

2. Define your options.

Ensure your resiliency by defining options for each of your daily priorities. Make this a daily habit.  This gives you a wider repertoire in case you need to flex your priorities in light of something unexpected.

3. Explore adjustments. 

Pre-plan adjustments in your personal and work schedules that you can make quickly if you need to. Flexibility is a key skill here.

It’s not unusual for daily activities and priorities to gradually become inflexible. This can be disastrous when sudden change intrudes. To counter this you can introduce flexibility into your daily habits by changing your routines and assessing your reactions to these changes.  It’s especially helpful and important to pay attention to this when you aren’t being forced into it by circumstances.

4. Know your personal boundaries.

In times of change you may need to flex your usual personal boundaries. So, take a few minutes and reflect on the boundaries you’ve established. This keeps them from becoming unconscious or rigid. Writing them down helps make them clear and concrete. By remaining aware of your usual boundaries, you are better able to adjust them when a sudden change occurs.

5. Communicate.

Be willing to tell others about any sudden changes that affect your usual time choices. When sudden change occurs, don’t bottle it up inside. Family, friends, and coworkers can best understand, accept, and support you if you alert them with at least a brief description of any sudden change.

How have you dealt with sudden changes in your life so far? 

What have you found helpful?  What’s been challenging? What will you do next, to help yourself navigate sudden change?

Here’s more help…

Change is a fact of life, but do you sometimes feel like it’s coming at you too fast? Or does it pop up unexpectedly and throw all your plans awry? Well, I’d like to share a time tool that helps. no matter what kind of change you’re dealing with.

It’s titled How to Partner with Change and Aging, and to discover more about it right now, just click here: https://thetimefinder.com/partnering-with-change.html

Let’s explore time together…

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