Your going along your business — happy as can be — then BAM an unexpected punch.
It could be any number of things that knock you off your game. You could get the flu, an illness, family issues, car trouble, an injury…
I try to take an ’embrace it and deal with it’ approach. Because, life happens and it’s going to happen to me (and you). I don’t have control over everything. What I do control is how I handle myself and the situation when something goes wrong.
One thing that usually happens when life throws a curve ball—you get distracted from whatever it was you were working on when the universe had other plans for you.
So, once you’ve worked through whatever obstacle got in your way how do you get back on track? I’d like to share my five go to steps for recovering from a set back.
5 Steps to Get Back on Track
Step 1: Take One More Day
Give yourself one last day to recover (mentally, emotionally, physically). It’s like a buffer day between the set back and getting back to business. How I spend this day depends on the situation. Sometimes it’s something fun to shake things off; sometimes it’s a relaxing day at home.
This step gives my mind a day to transition.
Step 2: Review Your Goals
Take a look at your overall goals and action steps. Remind yourself what you are working towards. I have a board that lists my 3 words for 2014, my goals, and my steps to get there.
This step helps center me back into action.
Step 3: Review Project(s)
Ask yourself: What was I working on before this happened? What was I finished doing? What was left to do?
This step helps me refresh my memory and get my bearings. It also leads to the next step…
Step 4: Make a List
You know I love a good list! Now that you’ve reviewed what you need/want to accomplish, what steps will you make today to get there? Take the things you identified in steps 2 and 3 and turn them into your to-do for the day.
- the tasks are finishable in the day
- you don’t over plan
At the end of the day you want to feel like you made progress.
Your first day back list usually includes some maintenance tasks like getting caught up on email, letting your peeps know where you’ve been, and touching base with client(s).
This step helps to put what seems overwhelming into bite-size, manageable pieces.
Step 5: Get Busy!
At this point you just have to dive in. You might feel baffled, but it won’t get any better if you don’t get started! So, just do it!
Repeat steps 3, 4, and 5 until you are back to “normal”.
So, there is my 5 step process for getting back on track when things go wrong. Your’s may be similar or totally different.
Not sure where to begin or can’t shake that feeling of being overwhelmed? Let’s see what I can do to help.