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Things Not to Cut When Busy

From time to time, everyone gets so ridiculously busy than they need to make cuts on some of their activities. If these cuts aren't consciously chosen, they'll happen anyways - we've only got 24 hours a day.

Interestingly, I hit a massively busy patch last week. I came onboard as a partner at a new company that's growing fast, but we haven't hired the staff to take over a lot of the mid-level tasks that need done. So we were jamming on everything for a week, plus I have a lot of other things going on.

What shocks me is how poorly the cuts I made at first were. The things that weren't getting done were some of the most valuable. Here's three that I wasn't doing, that I've now reversed even though this week is still busy -

1. Planning/organizing: There's been a bit of an anti-planning backlash the last few years in response to stupid bureaucracy in big companies. But the more experience I get and the more I interact with people performing on a really high level, the more planning and organizing I see.

Think about it - many activities and tasks only get 5-10 minutes of planning, but then take 3-10 hours to do. If you double your planning and make a task only 10% more efficient, you've got a net gain. Yeah, it can feel like "shit, I've got to get to work" when you're super busy, but being frantic leads to waste. Don't stop planning if you have too much going on. Arguably, that's when you should plan more carefully at the start of each day and week.

Helping Children Cope with the Trauma of An Earthquake Part 1/2

On Doomsday Addict

This is the 1st part of a 2 parts article that talks about helping children deal with the stress and agony an earthquake can bring to them.

“Did you know that thousands of earthquakes happen in the world every year? It’s true, but most are too small to be felt by people and only a few are strong enough to cause damage. Earthquakes are caused by the constant motion of the earth’s surface. This motion causes buildup and release of energy stored in rocks at, or near, the earth’s surface. The ‘quake’ is the sudden rapid shaking of the earth as this energy is released. We can’t do anything to prevent earthquakes .…………….. (but) ….. Children are able to cope most easily if they understand what happens and if they know what to do.”

The above information comes from the Introduction of Earthquakes: What You Can Do With Your Children, by Beryl Cheal. (Cheal, 1997). Included in the booklet are many activities that adults, working with young children, can do to help children heal from the frightening experience of living through an earthquake.

But before we think of helping children understand why earthquakes occur let’s look at what frequently happens when children experience a traumatic event and what staff working with young children can do to help them restore a sense of security, well-being and confidence.

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