Find Time for Gratitude … Especially When the Unexpected Blizzard (or Two) Strikes

Finding time to deal with the unexpected, like, say, a blizzard, is a time management skill that we all do well to develop and practice.  And in many areas of the world, and most areas of the US, it seems, the weather is presenting us with plenty of opportunities to do just that!

Yes, it’s going to be a blizzard.

Here in the Northeast, this morning, we are seeing the beginnings of a big storm. It has already enveloped the midsection of the country, shutting down schools and businesses and snarling traffic. And, from a time management perspective, it has wreaked havoc on people’s plans and schedules.  So, how do you respond when your plans are disrupted?

Don’t panic.

For many of us, when a packed To Do List gets knocked off-schedule, our first reaction is to panic.  “How am I going to fit everything in NOW?” you may think to yourself.  And it’s true, that will be a challenge.  However, in a situation like a snowstorm, it’s good to remember that everyone’s schedule is going to be out of whack.  You aren’t alone.

Try this instead:

So, when you recognize feelings of overwhelm or victimization settling in, take that as a sign that it’s time to:

  • Make yourself a cup of tea.
  • Sit quietly for a few moments.
  • Then pull out a notebook or your journal.
  • And make a list of at least 5 things that you are grateful for right now, even as the snow flies.

You’ll be amazed at how different your day looks to you after engaging fully in this simple exercise.

Why does it work?

Well, first, when you pause and make yourself a cup of tea your focus shifts from the unexpected upheaval (whatever it is) to YOU.  It’s a powerful moment that puts you back in charge of yourself and your time. You give those feelings of victimization clear notice that they aren’t going to hold sway today!

Second, thinking about what you’re grateful for in this moment offers another fundamental and energizing shift in perspective.  As you engage in this exercise, you begin to see the opportunities, rather than just the downside, in the upheaval that you are experiencing.  Your day takes on a different cast, and you find yourself more able to “greet” it and make the most of each moment.

What a simple and powerful way to let gratitude transform your world!

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