- Missed emails, text messages, or voicemails
- Miscommunication of all kinds between people
- Problems with paperwork--lost, misplaced, re-routed, etc.
- Unexpected delays or cancellations of meetings or get-togethers
- Computer problems of any and all stripes but usually minor ones
Some of your standard coping strategies include:
- Back up all computer data regularly
- Check all travel plans--hotels, airlines, car rentals, etc.--before you leave
- Confirm that meetings are taking place
- Read the fine print on every document you sign and try NOT to sign anything during this period if you can help it
- Ensure your messages are being sent and received
- Don't start new projects; "new" things that are started now usually have to be re-done
- Finish up old projects and tie up loose ends
- Be understanding of others' problems communicating or showing up late or not at all; likely it is not their fault
- Speak carefully
Now, let's keep in mind something VERY IMPORTANT. Thursday is Thanksgiving, a day when many of us will be spending time with loved ones. While I don't want to sound like Chicken Little--while my blinds are closed I'm very sure the sky is NOT falling--please be extremely careful about communicating with people because there is a strong potential for misunderstandings. Simply and clearly is the way to go.
Also, if you are traveling, be extra careful and allow extra time. Don't text and drive and minimize all cell phone communications if you are driving. And expect dropped calls and technical difficulties.
For those of you doing National Novel Writing Month, save your work OFTEN and back it up, please!
Be safe and enjoy the holiday! Hopefully Mercury will be kind to us this time around. :)