This week on Coffee With Hil, I talked about a method I learned for Early Childhood classroom management called “redirection.”
Modern Mom gives an example and explanation,
A child’s attention can be diverted in an instant. If he is playing with a toy airplane and a flashy race car catches his eye, the plane is history. This works to your advantage when redirecting unwanted behavior. For example, if your child grabs his older brother’s book out of his hand, return the book to the brother and walk the child to the bookshelf. “Joey is reading that book. Let’s find another one for you.” If your child is upset because he can’t have his sister’s toy, direct his attention to a different toy. You are showing him better ways to handle these predicaments.
What does this have to do with us adults and our freelancing careers?!!!!!
I explain in the video, so check it out and then we will jump into 5 ways to use this idea in our lives and workdays…
How To “Redirect” A Bad Day
Here are 5 Ways to Redirect a “Not So Good” Day To a Better One:
1.Listen to an upbeat song you adore! If you need help finding the right music, visit my PopCrunch Post: 5 Sites (Better Than Spotify) To Find Mood-Boosting Music because “Music Therapy” is a thing!
2.Move It! Physical movement, such as a walk or quick dance session, can release frustrated energy. Olivia Newton-John can help you with that.
3.Write Your Gratitude. Get out a piece of paper and write down 3 things you are grateful for of the moment. Then, bask in those.
4.Change Your Environment. Take a few minutes to visit a different space. This could mean going outside or just stepping into the break room.
5.Talk It Out. Call a loved one, friend, or chat with a coworker. We’re not talking about a complaint fest here…More of a search for solutions. Advice or just some understanding.
Have one to add to the list?