Things change. And sometimes, when you are in the middle of a project, you’ve made the plans and the flow of them seems effortless, things change quickly to make it not so easy anymore. What do you do to move forward when things suddenly change?
Yesterday, I moved offices. (Yes, I work out of my home office and virtually, but I also have a physical office.) I’ve been in the same location for 14 years and it was time for many reasons. So, I’d been preparing for this for a few weeks setting the day in motion. Things were going well and everything was in place. Then. Well, then the cog of the wheel~in~motion got clogged with challenges. Things suddenly changed and the move forward was impeded.
The changes came in many forms. Some were physical ~ one of the pieces I was moving fell apart. Some were logistical ~ one of the movers was sick and couldn’t help. Some were emotional ~ I know this is the right decision for many reasons but I’m leaving ‘home’ and that’s often hard. The plan need to change. I needed to move forward suddenly in spite of the changes. What do you do to move forward when things suddenly change?
I’m not sure how I did that. But As I reflect back, I seemed to simply adopt a 7 step system whenever an obstacle needed to be overcome. And here it is:
The end of the day brought the lists of tasks completed! I was able to take those who helped out for a nice dinner and we had lots of laughs and giggles. Now, onto the unpacking and the administrative changes still to be made. I think I’ll paste these steps on the wall to remind myself of how to move forward when things suddenly change!
What do you do when your project shifts unexpectedly?