How to Deal with Storms That Affect Your Productivity

productivity Apr 11, 2022
How to Deal with Storms That Affect Your Productivity

This post is sponsored by a recent storm that blew through the Houston area, complete with thunder, lightning, and a whole lot of rain.

The morning after the storm, I woke up and thought, "I've got an idea for an episode!" And poof!

You're a human being, and whether you like it or not, you will deal with storms throughout your life.

Several years ago, I was in a Bible study class, and I remember the teacher saying, "you are either going through a trial (storm), coming out of a trial, or ut oh, about ready to enter a trial. 

Storms are a part of life. It could be something small like losing the Internet for a couple of minutes or half an hour. Or maybe you get one of those power blips that resets everything in your house.

Or it could be worse. Maybe someone you love gets sick, is involved in an accident, or perhaps dies. It could also be you losing a major client.

So, here are some ideas on dealing with the storms that hit your life and affect your productivity.

Number one: stop.

Don't have a knee-jerk reaction. Stop and take a moment to think about what just happened. Did your Internet go out? Did you lose a major client? Did someone get in an accident? Did a tree fall on your house due to a storm and cause damage?

Next, determine how bad it is. Are you overreacting? Is this a legitimate crisis? Many people have knee-jerk reactions and fail to stop, and they turn a molehill into a mountain.

Take an assessment of the situation. Is something going on inside you? Is something happening to your clients, staff, family, office, or home?

Go out for a walk. Take a walk around the block, the building, around your lobby. And don't be on your device or talk to anyone. Just stop and calm down because you want to make decisions that will help and not hinder you.

Number two: what next?

What do you have to do next? Don't worry about any step other than the next one. What is that step?

Once you know what you have to do next, I want you to adjust your plan. If you've been following my content for any time, you know I say, "tell you to tell your time where to go instead of wondering where it went."

If you had many podcasts interview scheduled and you have no internet, you have to adjust your plan. You'll have to call those people and tell them you need to reschedule.

But please stay calm. When you get anxious, frustrated, overwhelmed, you're going to make stupid decisions. So that you know, I've been there, and I make the same mistakes.

Number three: create a plan to move on from where you are.

Your plan had an atom bomb dropped on it; you took an assessment, found out what happened, and discovered what you needed to do next.

Now create a plan to move you from where you are now to where you want to go. What is the next step?

Remember to take your time and stay calm. Carry on the best you can.

Extend yourself grace and peace. Listen to your body emotionally, spiritually, physically. Do not push a rope.

Yes, your plan for the day was blown up, and you don't feel you can recover. Guess what? You're not the first person that had a day completely explode. Just give yourself grace and permission to reset and come back stronger tomorrow.

You will have storms in your life. The question is, what are you going to do? What are you going to do when they happen to you? Are you going to have a knee-jerk reaction? Are you going to get angry? Are you going to lash out against your loved ones and your friends? Or are you just going to stop and say, "Okay, this happened. I can't change that. But what I can do is take a moment to collect my thoughts, see what's going on, and formulate a plan."

In the future, you will face storms in your life that will crush your productivity. For example, in October 2017, my wife fell at home and broke her arm. That was not on my schedule. But you know what I did? I took care of my wife, and everything else waited. You will have storms in your life. The question is, how are you going to react to them? 

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