How do you handle a blizzard?

You have done the thinking, and the planning. You have even looked ahead to anticipate as many of the breakdowns as you can see.

Then you are hit with a blizzard. And it doesn’t matter if the blizzard is a literal blizzard of snow, or you get very sick, or someone you work with or rely on isn’t available for an extended period of time, the servers crash, or your company downsizes and everyone is left with 3 times the work.

The impact is the same – all plans tend to go out the window (at least for a short time) while everyone goes into disaster recovery mode.

What do you do?

One colleague was considering the week long weather related shut down we are in the middle of as a blessing in disguise. She took the unexpected bonus of days off to tackle the pile of financial aid forms and applications for her daughter who is getting ready to go off to college. Sounds like a good plan, right?

Except, after 4 days alternately working on forms, shoveling snow, and being on conference calls – she is absolutely exhausted! She is going to need a break from this break!

How often do you find yourself in the same place? You work your butt off all week long, and when the weekend comes it is just more of the same? You are faced with all the accumulated chores that you were too tired or too busy to deal with during the week? So you throw yourself into the chores, only to be completely tapped out when Monday morning comes around?

What happened to the weekend? What happened to time to rest?

Have you noticed that approaching true time off – down time – rest time – from the mindset of “as soon as I finish X I will take some time for myself” never seems to work? Why? Because as soon as you finish that task there are hundreds more waiting for your attention! Hence – another blizzard.

So – another important part to planning is planning down time. Schedule it. Take it. Honor it. Even if it is just 15 minutes to make and drink a cup of tea, or 30 minutes cuddling up with a warm blanket and a book. Now, go take a short break!

I promise it will make a huge difference!

Because, really, without a life, what’s the point?