When a crisis arises, people often tend to panic and they can sometimes make things worse by trying to execute a quick fix rather than truly solve the problem. Usually time is of the essence in a crisis situation, so it can be difficult to take any extra time trying to work through the problem. With the right time management techniques, you’ll have a better chance of fixing the issue at hand while remaining calm and collected.
Let your employees do the jobs you’ve hired them to do. If you’ve employed capable people and have trained them well, allow them to do their part to contribute to the problem solving process. Micromanaging will only take up more of your valuable time and attention so delegate what you can to your staff. This not only frees you up for more important tasks, it will give them valuable crisis training to use in the future.
Working without Employees
If you work completely on your own, you won’t have the luxury of falling back on a team of staff. In this case, outsource some of the simpler tasks to any peers you may have. If you have any family or friends with skills that could serve your purposes put them to work for a one time fee. Paying friends or other professionals who can help when you need it may save you time and money if it ensures you’ve prevented a disaster.
Plan for the Future
Learn from every problem that arises and determine what factors are to blame for your setbacks. This may take a little time out of your schedule, but the effort it saves you in the future will be invaluable. Predict, plan, and prevent a crisis whenever possible, but be sure to take a step back and react calmly should one occur.
Uncontrollable events will happen that can leave you in a tough spot, but taking steps to make sure you aren’t doing it to yourself is important. Putting yourself on an unrealistic deadline can turn a challenge into a crisis. Panicking instead of taking the time to think things through will only lead to wasted time while you try to deal with your stress. Staying positive and motivated when problems arise will give you the ability to deal with things effectively and turn a crisis situation into a valuable experience.