Embracing the Black Swan..

Yes we have a daily routine at home and office. But there are instances where the unexpected happens. I was aware of the work of Nassem Taleb on the ” Black Swan”. But after COVID -19, the black swan has become a “swarm of black swans” across borders and countries. I go by the “pomodoro” model of time management as mentioned in one my posts. There are instances where, my planning and strategy goes off the roof, when something unexpected comes through the door.

Of late, I am keeping a empty pomodoro in my schedule to tide this scenario, in case there is a disruption of my schedule. Further, I have loaded 10 minute cushions when I combine two pomodoros of thirty minutes each so that, I have some reaction time to have a calculated response.

It is critical that we plan for risks in our daily lives. There are numerous risks which the human body, especially the brain calculates and keeps us safe. We need to tap this neural mechanism and integrate it that, we become autotelic when a situation arises. This is why, certain organizations conduct mock drills of fire and a terrorist attack, so that the body and mind are in sync and in auto mode, how to react to situations.

Awareness and a sense of calm are two sides of the same coin. In this world of volatility and rapid change, we have to integrate risk and coping mechanisms in our daily routines so that we react and respond in an appropriate and composed manner.

Risk planning can be simple as buying groceries, crossing the road or even walking on a wet floor.Luckily the human body is a well programmed machine to look out for potential threats which are around. But we need to prepare for the “unknown unknowns” and stay serene in situations due to mental programming and preparedness which could be a life and death decision too.

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  1. Agnes Dodge says:

    Thank you for the wise words. Mindfulness is all we need now. Blessings.

    1. Thanks Agnes. Mindfulness is the way to go.

  2. Thanks for the follow 🙂

    1. Youre welcome Rosaliene…

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