Do you ever feel like the more you try to get things going in the right direction the more life fights back, taking you further away? This past week has been like that for me. It seems like all the foundational work that I have laid down has unraveled with one incident in one moment of time.
When things get challenging and everything seems to wind the most complicated web and makes it impossible to climb out of it, what does one do? How does one keep going as a business owner when life outside wants to scream for all the attention?
How Do You Keep Your Business Afloat When Your Personal Life is Going Crazy?
I know by instinct, as I am sure many of you do, to make certain you stabilize, as much as possible anyway, the situation that is causing the turmoil. Assess the needs and make a detailed outline of when and how the needs will be met. After you have calmed the situation, the next step is to make sure that you take care of damage control. Address the needs of everyone involved, and make sure they at least feel listened to and taken care of. Then you make sure that you take some downtime, and that you are addressing your own needs, which of course includes the most important needs of your business.
It becomes critical at times like these that you rely on the good business habits that you have already developed like: knowing how to prioritize the most important tasks, delegating everything possible, and establishing clear boundaries for yourself and others about when you are going to get your work done.
Expedite the Climb Out of Personal Crisis so That You Won’t Feel the Drag at Work
Unfortunately or fortunately, we as humans are emotional creatures and things that happen to us in one part of our life will have an impact in other parts of our life. So when you have a personal crisis that has a dramatic effect on you, like a death in the family, or illness, or domestic discord, I have found some really helpful tools to deal with the impact the crisis has on you.
A great thing to do is get curious and see if you can find anything positive out of the situation. Trust me, I have had some really bad situations happen and had to think a long time before I could find anything positive about them. If you look long enough, you are bound to find something that is positive, even if it is “what not to do next time.”
When we see that our pain, suffering, and hardship does have a positive side to it and can be used for our benefit, the result is that we feel somewhat better. When we feel better, the negativity that was brought into the workplace will be much less.
We can’t always stop crises from happening, but just because they do happen doesn’t mean that we, along with our business, need to be taken down for the count.