Routine. Comfortable, predictable, and reliable. Sometimes life throws us a curveball and we have to deal with changes and unpredictability. Managing change in life smoothly is a life skill. Check out these tips to manage changes.
1. Don’t Fight It
While your gut reaction to change is often to fight it, consider the opposite approach. If possible, go with the flow. The quicker you adapt, the smoother the transition.
2. Find The Positive
It might be a good chance. Don’t focus on only the negative. Consider the good side. The benefits and new opportunities changes can bring. Looking at things in this light can bring positive emotion to change.
3. Create A-List
Make a list. Once you have identified the changes that you are facing in your life, you can begin to devise strategies to take tackle what the changes bring. Create action steps. Plan out your action steps in writing.
4. Adapt On The Fly
Take an attitude of being fast to adapt. Whether it’s work, school, or other situations. Being fast to learn new technology, practices or policies makes you invaluable as an employee, student, teammate, or co-worker.
5. It Takes A Village
If a change happens within a group or community, everyone in the group is affected. Your actions and contributions affect the group as a whole. Try to handle change with a good attitude and patience. Your behavior may set the tone for the group. Don’t get sucked in by negativity, or panic in a group setting. Leadership from the bottom is a thing.
6. Focus On One Change At A Time
Keep it simple. Tackle changes one thing at a time. This makes things less overwhelming, easier to stay organized, and makes coping less stressful. Conquer one area of change and move on to the next task.
7. Have Patience With Yourself
Adapting to change takes time. Be patient with yourself and be kind to yourself, while you adapt to new routines, new rules, or new circumstances in life. One key way to support yourself through hard times of change is with positive self-talk. Self-supportive self-talk helps to encourage you and boosts self-confidence in managing whatever comes your way. For example, tell yourself, “I know you can do this,” “you are strong and capable, etc.
8. Focus On Productivity
Focus on productive actions. For example, consider what you need to do to facilitate the change. Think about what actions you can take for a smooth transition. Action steps and planning can go a long way to making change easier and more successful.
9. Take Control
Focus on aspects of change you can control. Adapt to what you cannot change and change the things you can to make your life easy, effective, and productive. Investing energy in things that you can control reduces anxiety and allows you to spend your energy in a constructive way.
10. Stay The Course
Change takes time. It’s hard to be patient. Stay the course. Don’t change your course of action. Wait to see the results of what the changes are before changing course.
Managing change can be uncertain at times. Use these tips to make the best out of adapting to life’s changes like a pro.