As we speak, I am doing my best to calm down with the fact that my scheduled podcast is not properly working. I was diligent in recording and scheduling my podcast to be published today (Monday) as I promised. When I went to check that all was well, I learned that it is not playing back.
This can be very very frustrating when you are literally working very hard to keep your word, and to be diligent with your time. Who likes to do the same thing repeatedly? I know I certainly don’t.
Currently, I have a super full plate. The administrative tasks are monumental. I am in the process of hiring a VA that will significantly free up my time to focus on my group coaching program launch. Since I am at my max in time, there is no margin for error. When you are maxed out in something (time, money, etc) it can be really tough to have patience and act calmly and rationally when errors occur. The truth is, errors will likely occur.
How do you create margin when you are maxed out? That is something that I am in the process of learning myself. Let’s give the example of time. If you are an entrepreneur, or someone working full time and building their dream job, you certainly know that time is valuable. When things go wrong, or take longer than expected, this can really frazzle us. At least it frazzles me. I am not the most laid back, easy-going person. It would be great if problems that came up didn’t throw me into an emotional roller coaster, but they do. At least, until I learn how to let these things go and adjust to it.
One thing I know, is that accepting that there is an error that requires your attention can help. I used to spend way too much energy fighting the fact that there was a problem. I would get so worked up that I spent more time having a fit over the problem than I did trying to solve it. I still feel the anger and emotions rise up, but now I walk away, take a deep breath, and ask God for the help and insight to solve it. The emotions are still there, but I become much more clear.
Second, ask for help from others. The issue with my podcast is beyond my control and ability to solve. I had to reach out to the support of my hosting site. Response time is estimated to take 24 hours. This could further infuriate me, or I can just accept it, and write a post to people that were expecting my podcast to be available today to explain why it isn’t. I (and you) also benefit from the lesson learned.
I was listening to the “Better Conversations Podcast” with Derek and Carrie Olsen on Friday. They discussed how we need to plan for error. I learned that it is actually an “abnormal” event to have everything run smoothly. Looking back on how things in my life happen to run- this is true. I’m slightly embarrassed that it never registered with me to take the same concept of “planning for a rainy day” (which I do only in finances) will benefit me in ALL aspects of my life.
Here is what I will do to begin experiencing more peace in my life when trouble strikes:
1. Expect for things to happen in your schedule, finances, working day, etc.
2. Plan (and even schedule) time for problem solving.
3. Write a list of who is available to you that can help you find solutions. Have support numbers and emails handy for when things do not work as hoped.
4. . Take notes of what you learned and where you learned it from. Keep the file handy for future VA’s or anyone that may be on your team.
5. See the positive in the negative situation. It is likely that you learn what mistakes to avoid repeating in the future. This knowledge can be passed on to others so they can prevent making the same mistake. Problem solving is actually a wonderful skill to always develop. Your newly developed skills can become content and products later. Remember- God works all things for the good of those who love Him.