From personal hardships to the world wide pandemic, we all face crises from time to time. The worst is that we never expect it nor are ready to face it. Yet the only way of tackling it is to stay productive despite the hardships you are burdened with.
The dangerous thing about any crisis is that it leaves you feeling as if you’ve lost control over anything. However, this is what your mind is telling you – you need to talk back and say your dedication of perfecting yourself is still completely up to you. Working hard to achieve your goals, believing in your cause – these and many more things are still in your control, no matter the crisis.
Crisis is not an excuse. Crisis is an opportunity. And these are the tips of how to stay productive in order to seize the said opportunity.
1.Don’t sweat about the things you can’t change
There are things we can and cannot change. To stay productive, you need to learn to tell them apart and treat them accordingly. If the situation you found yourself in is a problem – look for a solution. Brainstorm, think outside the box and look for alternatives. The creative and unlikely solution may be the key.
However, if the situation cannot be changed – let it go. You can’t stop Corona Virus, for example. This is a crisis we are all facing and you nor anyone else has no control to change it. So, don’t waste your energy worrying about it. Accept it and adapt.
Learning to accept and an ability to work in less-than-ideal circumstances will ultimately make you a better person.
2. Leave your comfort zone
To grow you need to leave your safety bubble. Repeating same practices day in, day out won’t bring you success. Whereas changing the course of action to something you have not done before will. Even if it backfires, you will have reaped a lesson and thus ended up winning regardless.
Crisis is the situation where you most definitely need to step out of your comfort zone. View the situation from a different angle and include the possibility you might consider being wrong.
Expanding one’s thinking and critical assessment is vital. It won’t affect your business alone, you will see positive changes in your life overall.
3. You control your emotions. They don’y control you.
Crisis sure triggers many negative emotions, but to stay productive you must keep them under control. The number one crisis management rule is staying calm. Sure, it is a challenge of its own. Try and keep your emotions in tact by answering the following questions:
What happened / what is happening?
How did it happen?
When did it happen?
Where did it happen?
Who was involved?
What can I learn from this?
What can I do about it?
Answering these questions will clear your mind and put it to peace. Additionally, you may end up with a new batch of solutions to take on board.
4. Stay Optimistic
No matter how bad the situation is, always try and find something good in it. Remember, happiness can be found even in the darerst of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.
When facing a crisis, take a step back from your worries and try to find a positive in the entire situation. Finding the good in an unfavorable situation will heighten your spirits and help you stay productive.
5.Don’t stop moving
Crisis is not an excuse to procrastinate and sit doing nothing. It is actually the critical time when you need to get your act together and keep on moving forward to achieve your goals despite the odds.
It’s all good to sit down and plan or discuss, but this should not take up the entirety of your time. You need to make a decision and act. Set your goals and map out what immediate actions could move you closer to them – and then move along.
Now is the best time to act. Carry on completing your tasks and stay productive no matter what.
Do you find it difficult to stay productive amidst the pandemic?
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