How many times have you found yourself irritated at a driver in front of you for driving the speed limit? How many times have you gotten impatient with a waiter or waitress at a restaurant? How many times have you been frustrated with a coworker for not getting something right away? We all find ourselves in these predicaments often and we let it control us to the point that our blood boils. Then 10 minutes later we completely forget about it. So why do we let it get to us? Below are five steps we can all try to incorporate into our daily lives to help us be more patient with life and each other.
- Why are
you SO rushed? Did you push your snooze button too many times this morning and then
get snippy with your barista because she was making you late? I oftentimes
found myself rushing through projects and getting annoyed when someone else
isn’t moving at the same pace as me. But what am I really rushing for? I love
my checklists and getting them done quickly is my own goal for each day, but
others on my team are new to the game. So what if they need another minute to
work through a problem? Giving them an extra minute to work through the problem
instead of showing them quickly and moving on can help them learn more on their
own! The goal will still be achieved.
- Take a moment. You’ve shown a teammate how to solve this problem a million times and yet they are struggling to find the answer again. Take a moment to step back, take a deep breath, and give them an extra minute. It’s so easy to get frustrated and say, “Well I’ve shown you this a million times”, but give yourself the strength to keep your cool. Taking a deep breathe helps slow you down to look at the bigger picture. You are annoyed, not angry, and if you react suddenly you may be perceived in the wrong light.
- Uncomfortable can be good. I have challenged myself with waiting 10 minutes before eating my food after I have made a plate. Why, you ask? To practice being more patient so in the long run I will stop sweating the small stuff that tends to get under my skin.
- What is important? For me it is that my coworkers become confident and knowledgeable in the work that we do. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. If you are ever in a position to teach someone something new, take the time to listen, to answer questions, and to repeat steps as often as necessary. We all can learn something from one another.
- Laugh at yourself. Do you ever find yourself getting flustered at the smallest things and then hours later realize how ridiculous you were? Don’t let life get the best of you. The majority of the time it’s not as serious as it seems in the moment. We are human and none of us are perfect.
The next time you start to feel your blood boil over a small annoyance I hope you remember these few tips! Maybe laugh a little at yourself and realize the world won’t stop turning because of what’s happening.
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Sara Smith, Operations Assistant
Sara joined AurStaff in August 2018 as an Operations Assistant. She has since been promoted to Operations Manager. Sara is from Minden, NE but moved to Omaha to attend college at University of Nebraska at Omaha. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends and family, and working out.