Finding Time to Make Transitions

BridgeTransition times are challenging.  They are filled with losses, as you let go of the old.  And they are also filled with opportunity and adventure, as you open new doors and develop new capacities.

Perhaps no one could comment on that with more authority at the moment than the new first family, as they get ready to settle into their new life in Washington, DC.  The latest transition involved Malia and Sasha, as they, yesterday, attended their first day of classes at Sidwell Friends School.

It’s difficult to imagine what it must be like to make a big transition (moving to a new city, starting at a new school in the middle of the year) with photographers and reporters chronicling your every step.

Happily, it does sound like the girls’ parents, as well as school personnel, have gone to great lengths to protect them from the public eye. Nevertheless, the stresses on the family must be phenomenal as they transition to their new, very public life, while continuing to make all the everyday choices that confront them along the way.

No one on the Obama Transition Team has asked me for transition advice (yet), but if they did, I would offer this tip:

When big transitions hit, expect to ride a roller coaster. Energy naturally peaks and drops when you face a new challenge. Safeguard your time and your health by expecting things to take at least twice as long as usual, and plan accordingly.  Be sure to plan in some down time for yourself, too.  This gives you time to regroup and bring your best self to whatever challenges lie ahead.

Michelle Obama appears to already have some excellent time management and self care skills in place, as evidenced by the following snippet from yesterday’s news:

Between dropping off the girls in the morning and picking them up in the afternoon, the future first lady held meetings with her staff and enjoyed some “time for herself,” one transition team aide said.

This is excellent role modeling, and will stand her in good stead in the coming days!

How do you plan in extra time when you are going through a transition?  Has it worked the way you thought it would?   I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

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