5 Best Practices for Boosting Your Resiliency

<Guest Post by All Things Admin, Julie Perrine>

Part of an admin’s job is knowing how to handle unexpected, uncomfortable and sometimes downright awful situations. This means being flexible, patient, and expert trouble-shooters. Yet even the best, most experienced, and innovative admins can get flustered or lose their concentration in times of extreme chaos.

We are admins. But we’re human, too. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed when an unforeseen situation comes up. However, there are some best practices that can improve your resilience and help you weather difficulties in a proactive and productive way.

  1. Build your personal and professional networks. If you need to troubleshoot a problem at the office, find someone with more expertise, get a quick recommendation for something, or find a new job, your network is one of your biggest allies. Connect with people on social media, attend networking events, and talk to your colleagues. You never know when you might need to rely on your network for help, so it’s important to start expanding it now…before you need it.
  2. Develop your personal advisory board. Whether you need advice, feedback, or just someone who will listen, your personal advisory board can provide valuable support. These people can help you make difficult decisions, evaluate new opportunities, toss around ideas, and more. Your board should include trusted confidants who have an interest in your professional and personal success.
  3. Implement systems that will support you. If something happens and someone has to fill in for you, do you have the systems in place to make the transition as seamless as possible? Developing systems – at the office and home – makes it easier for someone to step in and take the reins. They also reduce your stress level and provide reassurance that things will be taken care of if you have to be away from work or home.
  4. Develop the habit of intentional self-care. You have to be strong and healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally if you want to be as prepared as you can be for the unexpected things in life. This means practicing intentional self-care consistently. If you don’t take care of you, you can’t take care of others in the moments and situations when they need you most. This doesn’t just improve your resiliency; it improves your overall quality of life, too.
  5. Have faith. In my opinion, this is the most important one of all. It doesn’t mean you have to be religious. It’s more about believing that there is a reason or purpose for everything that happens. And knowing that while the reason or purpose may not always be apparent, it’s something you can handle. Having faith can get you through the peaks and valley of your personal and professional journey – often with incredible results.

By implementing these best practices, you can navigate the unexpected, bounce back more quickly and get things headed in the right direction for yourself and the people you support. You can bring calm to even the most tumultuous situation and maintain some semblance of order, which benefits not only your career, but your life, too.

Julie Perrine Headshot 1About Julie Perrine

Julie Perrine, CAP-OM, is an administrative expert, author, and all around procedures pro.  She is the founder and CEO of All Things Admin, a company dedicated to developing and providing breakthrough products, training, mentoring, and resources for administrative professionals worldwide.

Julie has more than 20 years of experience in the administrative profession spanning several industries and serving in corporate and startup settings.  Julie’s main mission is to guide, encourage, and connect administrative professionals to the innovative technologies, ideas, resources, and people they need as they work toward achieving their career goals. Her upbeat, straightforward, step-by-step approach to handling the opportunities and challenges facing administrative professionals gives them proactive strategies for developing a plan, creating forward motion, and achieving great results.

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12 thoughts on “5 Best Practices for Boosting Your Resiliency”

  1. Victoria Prestia

    I have a back up person that I trained so I don’t come back to loads of work when I am out of the office.

  2. I can’t even begin to tell you how all of these things have helped me in my life.I have gotten jobs due to my network, grown within companies from advice, and pursued other opportunities on faith and self-care. These are genuine tips that can aid anyone in their personal or professional life.

  3. Julie’s article hit several very good points. I was out last year for 7 months due to cancer. Most of my processes were in order but a few were not. Be sure that your instructions are up to date. You never know when you might need them. Also, you need to take self-care seriously! This is difficult because as admins helping others is what we do.

  4. Love this article! Things I need to remember! I need a network of professionals. Our local group disbanded so I’m relying on National groups. Thank you!

  5. I need to get better at networking; its a skill set that just doesn’t come naturally to me. I am fortunate to have close relationships with admins in other companies through IAAP and a small but great group of friends as well.

    I’m finding as I’m learning the ins and out in my new position that procedures are very out-of-date or just aren’t written down at all; so I want to get that taken care of in the next 6 months.

    I agree that you have to faith…I don’t know how anyone can continue to move forward without it!

  6. Great post Julie! It definitely gives me a lot to think about. Never thought about a personal advisory board – but I will now.

  7. When you develop a system, make sure you keep it updated! Changes happen quickly. What you do routinely, someone else may not think of.

  8. Thank you Julie, I think having a network is definitely important, especially all the knowledge and experiences of other admins have in the areas that they are in. I have heard so many stories from other admins, even though they may seem very funny, etc., they are things to learn from. (we love humor out of things 🙂 We are truly resilient and I don’t think there are too many things out there that surprise us. We are resilient at home and we are at work. We are definitely stronger with others than alone. 🙂

    Again, Happy Admin Week Everyone!!

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