Being the Worker you need to be during a Personal Crisis

Being the Worker you need to be during a Personal Crisis

If you have owned, or managed or worked at a moving company for an extended period of time, then you know that the hardest time to stay focused is when there is a personal crisis. No matter what it is, illness, a death, marital issues, etc, it can throw you off and decrease your motivation and workflow. It is not unreasonable to take time off when you are struggling, however it can get to a point where it just becomes procrastination.

Procrastination can lead to emotional distress, which can amplify the already serious personal crises. At this point in time, you are probably wondering – How can I continue to work when I feel so sad, depressed, anger, fear or any other emotion? Take these 6 steps and follow them according to the personal issue that you are going through.

1. Write down what is bothering you. Take about 10 to 15 minutes and just write about why you are sad, angry, frustrated, etc… This will help you pin point some things that may have been deep seeded and you didn’t know were an issue. It is best that they come out into the light, otherwise you may not even know why you feel the way you do.

2. Write down questions that you have. Such as “Am I going to lose my job?”, “Is my marriage over?”. Start to do this every time a question pops into your head. Put them into a box and store them somewhere in or around your desk. Obviously, your problems haven’t gone away, but its symbolic in the way that you can let them go when you are working. Remind yourself that just because you put them away does not mean that they are unimportant, but you have a job to do.

3. Call a friend or family member. Let them know that you are having troubles focusing and that you are struggling. Plan your assignment ahead and ask the friend or family member to check on you at a certain to see if the project is done.

4. Make some you time. This can be as simple as getting yourself a cup of coffee or tea, taking a 10 minute break to stretch your legs or playing some of your favorite music. You can look forward to these breaks through out the day by setting a time for them, you then have something to work towards.

5. Take it a step at a time. Many people live in the future, trying to make plans for tomorrow, next week, month or even year, this can complicate things for you and can overwhelm you quickly. Instead focus on the day to day tasks. If sitting at a desk for 8 – 10 hours sounds too difficult, then take steps at every 10 – 30 minutes and repress the rest of the day, only focusing on that time at once. Who knows, maybe you will even find work as an escape outlet from your personal problems.

6. Say positive things to yourself out loud. This can include “Yeah, I’m sad, but I can do this” or “This excel spreadsheet is nothing, piece o’ cake!”. No matter the situation, confide in yourself and know that you can get through your work day, week and month to come.