Transition Management — Finding Time When You’re Betwixt and Between

SeeingTransition management is a time skill worth mastering.

Why?

Well, finding time and maintaining your energy and focus during times of change can be a challenge.

Here at Finding Time we had a major change over the last two weeks – a process you may have read about in some of our recent posts.  While the most pressing work of change is now completed, we continue to be in a time of transition management. What does this time entail?  What is its particular flavor and quality?

Times of transition are, pretty much by definition, unsettling. The older and more familiar ways are no longer accessible, for whatever reason.  The new ways have not yet become familiar.  Life feels different.

This unsettling quality can be very uncomfortable, especially if you fight it and/or feel victimized by it.  As Ann Gottlier has said:

It’s so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to.

That simple statement is so on the money!  (If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that it’s also one of my favorite quotations to tweet!)  It succinctly expresses one of the most fundamental truths I know about time, energy, and transition management.

If we fight against our transitions, we will find them burdensome and constantly challenging. We will feel drained and discouraged. On the other hand, if we embrace the change and open ourselves to the opportunities that it presents, we will find each moment looking entirely different.

Transition management is aout managing moments. And it’s not that each moment is concretely or objectively different – it’s that our eyes are seeing the possibilities rather than the losses. This is the fruit of choice.  Sometimes, especially when change is pretty new, this is a choice that needs to be made repeatedly.  (In addition to choice, it is also very important to work with your feelings of loss so that you can authentically let go of what was and embrace what is!).

What do you focus on when some facet of your life is in flux?  Are you able to embrace change and see it as opportunity?  What gets in the way of your doing that?   Please drop me a line – I’d love to hear what you think!

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