Resilience is a crucial component of being able to work effectively in any industry because it enables individuals to swiftly adapt, remain calm under pressure, and creatively solve unexpected challenges.
You may have already faced difficult times in your career and proven how resilient you can be, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t at risk of becoming overwhelmed and exhausted due to the current issues around staff shortages, supply chain disruptions, and unrealistic expectations from everyone.
By elevating your professional resilience, you can combat some of the impacts of this fast-paced, ever-changing business environment.
To do this, I’d like you to think of your resilience as a bucket and the water in that bucket represents all your strengths and capabilities.
When times are good, our resilience buckets remain strong, which helps us to remain productive, capable and confident at work.
When times are wobbly though, our buckets become fragile, and little rusty holes start forming. As we know with little rusty holes, they soon become big gaping holes and all our strengths and capabilities start leaking out. We might feel lethargic, we can’t focus, we make poor decisions and silly mistakes.
Proactively doing whatever it takes to keep our buckets strong (despite our full inboxes and long to-do lists) will mean we can continue to deal better with change, build meaningful connections and make more effective decisions. This will help us to sustain a career in whichever industry that we have dedicated our career to.
My Strong Bucket Formula will give you the foundation for being able to do this.
Heidi's Strong Bucket Formula
#1. BE STILL = 10 minutes a day
10 minutes is only 0.7% of your day.
How can you carve out 10 minutes of stillness in your day, so that your nervous system is calmed, which will help you to make more effective decisions?
Perhaps start by sitting quietly with your coffee first thing in the morning, without your phone, because it could be the last time you get a moment to yourself all day.
#2. FIND JOY = 1 hour a week
1 hour is only 0.6% of your week.
I’m not talking about the incidental joy that I hope you get every single day. I’m talking about one hour of joy that you habitually schedule into your calendar.
Maybe it’s walking in nature, mentoring a new staff member, studying a topic that you’re passionate about, or volunteering at your local animal shelter.
#3. CHILL OUT = 1 day a month
1 day is only 3.2% of your month
Choose one day a month where you can sleep in, stay in your jim-jams, slouch on the couch, immerse yourself in a good book, or have a binge on Netflix.
If your responsibilities don’t allow you to take a whole day once a month, please don’t let that stop you. Perfection is a fairytale. Start with a couple of hours and build on that.
#4. LIVE LIFE = 1 long weekend a quarter
1 weekend a quarter is only 3.3% of your year
It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. You can have a staycation, take a picnic in the park with your friends, go to a gallery, see a show, or drink cocktails in a swanky wine bar.
#5. ALWAYS CONNECT with what’s important in your life
That might be family, career progression, travel, fitness, art, or spirituality. Or perhaps you need to connect more with people who inspire you, bring a smile to your face and some warmth to your heart.
This Strong Bucket Formula is the foundation to performing better at work because it gives you the capability to be more creative, make better decisions and be seen as the talented professional that you are.
Download your own Strong Bucket Formula image and use it as a computer screensaver or as a phone wallpaper to remind you of the good habits that will help you keep your bucket strong.
This article originally appeared in Spice News Magazine - Wellness.