Any discussion of how we use our resources must include what I term high-cost times. That’s my way of describing those life circumstances where you need to redeploy your resources of time, attention, and even money in a significant way.
High-cost times happen by choice when we decide to make a major change. If I commit to changing my career by taking a full load of night courses, I need to accept the ‘high cost’ of this change. In preparation, I would have determined the opportunity costs which means that I know that my time, attention, and money resources need to shift.
Here’s the challenge: I may know what needs to shift, but knowing is not enough. I need to get out of the intellectual realm and take action.
We are often reluctant to make resource shifts because we want to act as if we can do it all. Instead of clearing our schedule and planning our finances, we try to keep every aspect of our ‘old life’ as we take on a major change. Redeploying your resources to support your life change is part of the action stage.
High-cost times also happen to us. Sometimes life throws us a curve ball and we have no choice but to field that ball. The stressors of life happen including serious illness, death, and job loss.
If this happens to you, it might help to view it in the context of making a major life change. You will need to assess your base on the fly to see what you can rely on. You’ll need to assess how your time and attention will need to redeploy as you deal with the impacts of that curve ball.
Whether the high-cost time is your choice or life forces it on you, you need to accept that you can’t carry all of the boxes. Drop some for now and pick them up later. Leave some boxes behind.
Take action so that you can navigate the high-cost times.