Foreword from Alex – The definition of resilience – Adjective –
a : capable of withstanding shock without permanent deformation or rupture
b : tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change
These are all important qualities in life, especially the line of work the majority of our readers are in. Good practice of being a resilient person can also develop a fluid mindset that allows us to handle tasks or problems as something to solve rather than being the end of the line. Anyway, here’s Ben’s thoughts on resilience:
Step 1 – Identify the Risks:
What can you do?
The first step is to look at what are the risks to you personally. This is going to require some analysis of your day to day activities and a bit of investigating elsewhere. Don’t panic there is nothing too onerous here.
Ok, so let’s look at your day to day routine. The best way to do this is to write down a time table of your day. For example:
0700 Wake up, get washed and dressed.
0715 Have breakfast
0730 Leave for work, walk to bus stop
0735 Get bus to station
0745 Take train to London
0815 Take bus from station to office
0830 Start work
1230 Go for lunch
1630 Leave office and take bus to station
1645 Take train home
1715 Take bus from station to house
1730 Arrive home cook supper
Now we get to play the “So What” game!
At each stage of your timetable look at what you are doing and ask yourself “So What”? For example; get washed. So what? I need hot water. So what? I need gas for my boiler. So what? If the gas goes off I won’t be able to have hot water. So what? I need a way to get hot water if the gas goes off.
Once you’ve done this analysis of your routine you will have generated a list of requirements.
Step 2 – Analyise the Risks
The next stage is to look at other more general threats to you. This isn’t rocket science.
Start off by going biblical. Fire, Famine, Flood, Pestilence. You get the picture. If you’re really keen you can download a copy of your Local Authority’s Risk Register and look at the risks there.
Ultimately what you are looking for is those risks which have the greatest disruption on your personal life. You will also need to temper this with how likely an event is. A comet hitting the Earth and creating a global winter would have a significant impact (pun totally intended!) on your life, but is very unlikely. However, unannounced industrial action by Public Transport Staff is more within the realms of probability.
Time for another round of the “So What?” game! You will now have generated another list of requirements.
Step 3 – Manage the Risk
Congratulations, you are now most of the way to being a resilient person!
You have by now generated a long list of requirements. But what to do with all of this?
You now need to start putting them together into groups. Keep your groupings broad, transport, work, accommodation, food etc.
Once you’ve got them grouped you can identify requirements which have a common resolution. For example, a home flood, fire or extensive storm damage would all need another place to stay as a solution. So where will you go? Once you’ve answered this question you have made a contingency plan!
You have now analysed your risk, you have managed it and you have prepared contingency plans for the most likely scenarios. Congratulations, you are now a resilient person. Don’t rest on your laurels though. Keep scanning the horizon for anything new which may affect you and factor it into your plans.
This Kit Pest Review article was written by Ben OToole. Hopefully you enjoyed it and if you have any thoughts or comments related to this article then leave a comment!