During our times of greatest success, such as receiving a promotion, we can feel just as vulnerable as during our times of greatest failure, such as being put on a Performance Improvement Plan.
As a time management coach, I help people in both situations.
When you’re promoted, you can feel scared to fail because you have responsibility for a broader scope and sometimes a larger number of people without having any additional time.
To continue to succeed, you need to learn how to:
- Radically prioritize meetings, communications, projects and tasks
- Greatly increase your delegation and boundary setting
- Laser-sharp focus on the tasks that matter
- Remain calm even when there’s conflict or push back
Performance Improvement Plans
When you’re put on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP), you can feel scared to fail because you have already gotten the feedback that you’re not performing well enough.
As if that weren’t enough, you also:
- Have a backlog of work you need to get done quickly
- Get additional work piled on related to the PIP
- Experience higher expectations of quality with no room for error
- Feel a massive amount of negative emotions that can lead to overwhelm, paralysis and even anger
Fear is an emotional signal that something is off.
Although sometimes it may only be a mental shift that needs to occur to release fear along the lines of seeing fear as an acronym for “False Evidence Appearing Real.”
Sometimes the fear is completely legitimate.
You really don’t know how to handle your workload and simply thinking positively won’t change your skill gap.
But the good news is you’re not doomed.
I help people on a daily basis to overcome these challenges (even if they’ve never been good at time management) so they can succeed in their new roles and improve their performance at work.
If you’re struggling to keep up and could use some support, the first step is to apply for 1-on-1 coaching with me here: Coaching Options with Elizabeth
I believe in you and would be honored to partner with you in the journey.
About Real Life E
Elizabeth Grace Saunders-Lukasik is the founder and CEO of Real Life E® a time coaching company that empowers individuals who feel guilty, overwhelmed and frustrated to feel peaceful, confident and accomplished. She was named one of the World’s Top 30 Time Management Professionals by Global Gurus. The Christian division of her company focuses on a God-centered approach to time management through Divine Time Management.
McGraw Hill published her first bookThe 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: How to Achieve More Success with Less Stress. Harvard Business Review published her second bookHow to Invest Your Time Like Money. FaithWords published her third bookDivine Time Management: The Joy of Trusting in God’s Loving Plans for You. Elizabeth contributes to blogs like Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Fast Company and has appeared on CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox.