Crunch times by their very nature are hard. This may be due to their subject matter (data), the shortage of time or other resources required to deliver (details) or activity happening around the crunch time that is unrelated (distractions).
However, part of the reason they feel 'so' hard is that for the most part, we don't choose them. Inevitably we're responding to a date or deliverable that someone else has set us and this inevitably leaves us feeling out of control. This reaction is completely normal.
Dr Stephen Covey's ‘Circle of Concern/Circle of Influence’ model is a great place to start. During your crunch time, you know your end date, so take control of everything you can influence in between. This will help you regain a sense of control, and your mindset will be ready for effective delivery.
Layer on top of that, Simon Sinek's ‘Golden Circle’. Understand why you're in this crunch time. Why your organisation, your department has engaged in this crunch time. Their 'why' is not to make you miserable or to put you under undue pressure. The real 'why' is likely to be about service, value, and security.
Understanding the 'why' is powerful. It helps you understand context and to identify what's really 'important'. It helps you know when to 'go deep' during crunch time and when to stop.
Engage with the concepts in these 2 popular models and see how you can take control and part those storm clouds.
Crunch time keys:
understand why you and your organisation are entering into the crunch time. Understand the implications of that 'why' and how that influences the 'how' and ‘what'.
use that to influence the 'whens' that are within your control
About Alena: Alena works with leaders and their teams to connect technical and leadership skills so they can deliver to deadline without killing their people. She is a mentor, trainer, facilitator and coach. Contact her today on firstname.lastname@example.org