When the Unexpected
The unexpected typically occurs throughout the work week of any Small Business Owner. At the moment, it’s 7:51 am and I’ve already had four calendar changes for today. Why? Major snowstorm and blizzard conditions at times throughout the day.
The storm was expected – but sometimes weather isn’t as severe as predicted. We live in Wisconsin so we know how to hunker down and work with extreme weather.
What do we do, as professionals, when our plan is altered due to the unexpected? We have options. Options to unexpectedly optimize our day!
As children, we appreciated a good snowstorm. We played the day away and couldn’t wait until the foul weather was better so we could go mark our yard’s territory with sled tracks and footprints. I’m sure your days were similar, weren’t they?
Do adults have a different approach to snow days? Yes and no. Some adults will simply call it a vacation day and act accordingly, while others will use it as a productive bonus day. No judgment here – both are appropriate.
If you are taking time to be with your family, enjoy it. Make it a special day filled with greatness and fond memories both big and small.
Peaceful Productive Bonus Work Day
If you decided to double-down and call it a bonus day, make it a special day filled with a couple great conversations and some peaceful productivity. Enjoy what you will be unexpectedly accomplishing for the day. Here’s 7 options to consider:
- Take on a project that has been alluding you or maybe some training – tech or professional development.
- Maybe research could be a great way to spend some uninterrupted time.
- Perhaps it’s time to call customers or train a team member on something.
- Whatever you do for your business, make choices that will advance your workload and achievement levels. Sprinkle that with being a little more gentle with yourself.
- Maybe turn on some music and allow yourself to sing and dance.
- Take a moment to be grateful and reach out to one of your mentors.
- Declare it a decluttering day.
Whatever your unexpected day brings, make it matter. It doesn’t matter if you choose the personal or professional options, or a combination of the two. With a little mindfulness you can assure it delivers results you will appreciate. Optimize the day friends!
Feel free to share in the comment section what brings you peaceful productivity when the unexpected occurs. (FYI: Since this tends to provide larger chucks of uninterrupted time, I take on bigger projects that involve more concentration or heavy training projects.)
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