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Welcome to before breakfast a production of iHeartRadio.

Good morning. This is Laura.

00:00:42 before breakfast podcast today's tip is about one way to respond to constraints make the constraint a challenge how we frame our circumstances matters a lot for how we feel about the framing a constraint as a challenge creates an opportunity for fun. Even if the constraint itself isn't exactly what we hoped for so I have no doubt that you can real off a list of constraints that you've experienced over this past year perhaps your refrigerator went out and you had to wait days for the part that was needed because of shipping delays, or maybe you wanted to upgrade your work from home set up, but you didn't want to spend a lot of money.

You hope to celebrate a family birthday, but the need for social distancing limited your options or the all too obvious constraint that I know a lot of people are dealing with you have a job to do and their child care or in-person school for your kids. These are all non ideal situations. But trying to view them as challenges can open up new ways of thinking while you wait for your fridge to be repaired. You could see how many delicious Pantry meals you could make or you could imagine that you're testing out meals for your neck camping trip when you won't have a fridge available or rather than feeling limited by a meager home office budget, you might imagine that you're part of a decorating Challenge on the do it yourself Network repurpose furniture from elsewhere and your house asked for castoffs from Friends by a few cheap accessories in Walla. You can enjoy the grand reveal

You could even document your decorating Challenge on social media if that would make it seem more exciting. If you can't throw a big party get creative about the purpose ask the birthday boy how he wants to feel at his celebration.

Then see how many ideas you can come up with that would create this feeling in our family. For instance. We learned that one of the fun parts of a kid's birthday party is getting those relatively cheap but random gifts that come from Friends craft kids plastic figurines, you know what I'm talking about. So we elected to buy a few more of those for our kids than we otherwise would as as for working at home without childcare. Okay, do not turn off this podcast. I have five kids and I know full well that this is far from a fun challenge.

But if that is the situation you are currently stuck in and you have exhausted your options for changing it. Then you need to get creative about identifying the ways you can add the most value to your organization. How can you knock your boss's socks off with your great work as efficiently as possible.

If you can only work for 4 hours a day, maybe while your partner can cover. What can you do best in that time? Nobody plays tennis or volleyball without a net the fun and lots of games comes from the need to beat the clock boundaries like these chill strategy Innovation and performance in real life constraints aren't all fun and games not by any means, but if we can reframe constraints as challenges, maybe we'll feel energized to find Solutions rather than just given to the disappointment that would otherwise result.

In the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening. And here's to making the most of our time.

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