How to deal: disruptions in your schedule

It’s one thing to get everything to a point where it’s functioning well, and you even still have a lot of things to juggle. But what happens when a disruption enters the picture? Family visits, business travel and sports camps can seriously disrupt your schedule. What should you do? How are you going to work around these disruptions?

Observe what doesn’t usually work.

This is one of the things that you have to work on as a manager or owner of your own business. Schedule changes mean that you are going to have to change what you are doing. You have to be flexible about the things that work and don’t work. If something doesn’t work this week, why not pick up where you left off the next week?

You also have to be keen in observing which solution works best for a particular situation. Experience usually tells you what to do, so be patient when things don’t happen as you would want to.

Look for alternatives.

Be quick to look for alternatives when things are disrupted. Go to plan B. You didn’t think you’d be needing plan B, did you? Be ready for anything. That seems like a big thing to think about, but you should learn how to work around disruptions. Don’t be frustrated about it, but look at it as a challenge.

Learn to let go.

If things are disrupted and your schedule ruined, you may feel frustrated and betrayed. And that’s perfectly fine. You’re human. You’re entitled to feel these things. But as a human, you’re not entitled to be controlled by these feelings. The more you wallow in your problems, the more you keep yourself from addressing the concern right away.

Just let go. Even if something in you won’t. Leave it and find more options. There are other ways for you to keep up with your schedule. Who knows, this disruption might lead you to see something that you’ve overlooked before.

Allow yourself to delegate.

You can’t do everything yourself. Besides, you have other more important things to deal with. When there are disruptions in your schedule, learn to let someone you trust do something about it. For example, if you suddenly find yourself choosing between two things that needs to be done, you should be able to let go of the other thing and let someone do it for you. You’re not a superhero. Even if you are, you still won’t be able to do everything. That’s why superheroes have sidekicks. :)

Your thoughts

What about you? What have you done to work around disruptions in your schedule? What did you do? Have you applied any of the things we mentioned? What would you like to add?

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