In early November (of 2013) I transitioned into a new job with the County of San Diego. During this transitional period I worked at my old job (So I could give my full two week notice) while training for my new position. Between both jobs I worked a lot of hours and put in some long days.
It prevented me from focusing on some of my normally routine tasks and priorities so that I could concentrate on the transition. Going through this short season required more time working and less time with my family, writing, and participating in recreational activities. It was very stressful and demanding.
I was able to maintain my sanity and successfully transition into my new position because I applied two principles into my life. These same principles can allow you to move successfully through a transitional, busy, or demanding season. The key is to remember and adapt them into your life. The two principles are:
1. Take care of yourself-
One of the best things you can do when going through a busy or stressful season is to take care of yourself. To make sure your physical, mental, and spiritual state are not neglected. When you take care of yourself by nourishing those three areas you will be better able to handle the current season. During my transition, I had to reprioritize my free time so that I would be able to refresh and renew myself in those three areas. This meant I had to stop doing some of the unnecessary (or not as important) tasks, like building my online platform. I took time to make sure I got enough sleep, do my devotions, and got in a run 3 times a week.
2. Know it’s just a season-
The varieties of seasons you go through during the year are just that, seasons. Whenever I go through an especially demanding or difficult time, I say to myself that “this too shall pass.” While in the middle of my transition I regularly (2-3 times a day) told myself that soon enough I would not be working as many hours. I had to keep the end in mind and that kept me going. When you are faced with a busy or difficult season, make sure you remind yourself that it’s a season and it will eventually come to an end.
Question: What do you do to successfully move through a transitional, busy, or demanding season?