I never planned to be one of those people that habituates a coffee shop for the rest of my life, hogging a table while pecking away at a laptop computer. Yet I’m committing that very sin as my family has been without power in the wake of the October 29 snowstorm that pummeled the northeast.
Our daughter’s school is closed due to downed power lines. She’s reading a book while I write and caffeinate.
So what does this have to do with being flexible? Right now, I have no choice but to be flexible. So I’ll be cooking outdoors and schlepping dirty clothes to the laundromat for a few days.
No point stomping your feet and pitching a fit if you’re affected by the storm. All that negative energy will just wear you out.
Whether you’re working or in mid job search, be flexible when change throws you a curveball. You’ll impress your coworkers, as well as surprise yourself at what you learn.
Disaster becomes opportunity. Last night, I was on the horn with a photographer, discussing a photo shoot for an upcoming magazine article. We kicked around possible locations and a good mix of athletes to get into the pictures. Today, I’m checking the map and rounding up other trail runners. A couple of weeks ago, it looked like the story might not get published due to photo concerns. Ultimately, the magazine editor decided to retain a professional photographer. I look forward to collaborating with F-stop Fitzgerald. Accept any new learning experience that offers itself.
While working to get back into the business world, I’m wrapping up a stories for FasterSkier and OxygenFedSport and developing a new magazine story. The only way to stay on top of all this is to be organized. Make a list of all the things you want to accomplish tomorrow. Don’t “keep it in your head.” Write everything down and check off items as you complete them.
Based on comments from the editor, I’ve revised a story I’m working on for a running publication. The next challenge is securing great photographs. While I take pictures, I’m realistic: only on a magical days am I a ne plus ultra photographer.
What are you doing to remain productive during your job search?