Do you feel like a fireman, or rather, a firefighter? Is your whole day, or a good chunk of it, spent running from fire to fire, crisis to crisis? If so, then this probably keeps you from accomplishing the things that are important to you.
Take these situations below, which may have happened to many of my readers at any given time:
-a box of playing cards left on a coffee table
-a tire looking a little low on air
-a permanent marker sitting on the kitchen table
-your gas gauge light came on yesterday
-a muddy spot in your front yard near the door
If you are in crisis maintenance mode (firefighting), this is the probable outcomes of these situations:
Your 2 year old will dump out all the cards all over the living room.
She will then proceed to ktchen, get the permanent marker and draw all over the kitchen cabinets and then herself.
You will run out of gas AND have a flat tire in the same day.
Your 8 year old will play in the mud and then track it inside all over the carpet.
Each one of these are situations that will now require much more time and effort to fix and they could have possibly been avoided, if you had your crisis prevention glasses on. You know, the ones that give us psychic powers and eyes on the back of our head! No, for real, that women’s intuition that we get about things, that sixth sense, if you will.
So… What if, instead of ignoring these things and saying “I’ll get to those later,” you took 20 seconds and grabbed the cards and the marker and put up in the cabinet, you stopped and got gas AND put air in your tire which took 5 minutes, and you instructed everyone to stay away from the mud and wipe their feet or take off their shoes before entering the house (30 seconds). About 6 minutes of crisis prevention saved you possibly hours of crisis management to correct. Not to mention the added stress of it all!
Take the time now to save you time in the future!
What are some things in your life that you need to take care of NOW before it becomes a crisis?
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