Are You Out Over Your Skis?
So here are a few things I have been doing to keep the panic at bay as I get through this challenging time.
- CREATE A MANTRA—Sometimes it helps to have a short phrase that will help me to calm down and keep things in perspective. Right now, mine is “You can do this. It will all work out. You are FINE.” And every time I say it or think it, it becomes more true and makes me feel a little better and a little calmer.
- PRIORITIZE—For me, not all of this content is due at the same time, so I am keeping a very close eye on deadlines and the complexity of each deliverable. Each day, I create a new to-do list with a focus on what is due sooner, but also weighing that which will take up more of my time or which will require me to learn something new.
- GET SOME PERSPECTIVE—Another mantra I like to use is “It’s not my life, it’s just my job.” All I mean by this is that you should never allow your personal life to suffer because of work. Try to keep some separation and make sure that you are still enjoying free time. If you can’t do that, it’s time for some real time management skill sharpening OR
- SAY NO—If you understand what your limitations and capacity are, you will know when you are approaching the threshold of what CAN be done. It is better to turn something down than to do something poorly or disappoint someone.
To any of you who have felt “over your skis” lately, please let me know if any of this helps. And I’ll see you all again when I come up for air. In May.
Blogger, author, consultant, coach and all around evangelist for the graphic arts industry, Kelly sold digital printing for 15 years so she understands the challenges, frustrations and pitfalls of building a successful sales practice. Her mission is to help printers of all sizes sell more stuff. Kelly's areas of focus include sales and marketing coaching, enabling clients to find engagement strategies that work for them and mentoring the next generation of sales superstars.
Kelly graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science and, among other notable accomplishments, co-founded the Windy City Rollers, a professional women's roller derby league. She is also the mother of two sets of twins under the age of ten, so she fears nothing.