Updated: Aug 15, 2020
Just like the chameleon, in business you have to stay adaptable. There are going to be times and situations that break down. It could be employees or it could be a technical difficulty. The one thing you can count on is that you will come up against challenges and setbacks that you did not expect.
When that employee leaves, or your project is canceled, or your laptop dies you can't let that derail your entire business for the day. So how can you take those setbacks and still be productive?
Something Up Your Sleeve
The best thing you can do is have a backup plan. There will always be projects you can accomplish that are sitting on the back burner. When these setbacks happen now is the time to pull those projects from the back burner and put them right up front. Keep a list of these projects in a place that's easily Accessible. This could either be on a whiteboard, a note on your phone or a platform like slack If you're running a decent sized organization.
What you don't want to have happen when these projects fall through or the technical difficulties arise is you have no plan and no notes about what to do next and the whole day is shot. Spending time in the chaos or panic mindset doesn't help you and it doesn't help your clients.
What other ways can you anticipate and be ready for these setbacks when they inevitably come up for your business?
Back That Thing Up
The next best thing you can do aside from having a plan is having redundancies. An example of this would be if your main computer dies and you have a program on there that is vital to your business. It would be a great idea to have that same program loaded up on your laptop. This way if you're not able to at least save the data you can start the project over again and aren't totally dead in the water.
Speaking of computer things and setbacks it's always a good idea to backup your data. If you're working on a project that involves media, video production whatever make sure you are backing up that data on an external hard drive and maybe the cloud as well every day.
In review the best 2 ways to stay adaptable and keep moving forward when Murphy shows up at your business is to have a backup plan that's easily accessible and incorporate redundancies into your systems.
Keep moving forward my friend and fight the good fight!