Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could restart a bad day?Like, literally, push a rewind button and get out of bed all over again?
That’s not exactly possible, but we can re-direct our energy and attitudes. I know because I do it all the time. See, I have this (somewhat ridiculous) belief that my productivity and mental state are an exceptionally delicate ecosystem that needs constant monitoring.
I’m not having it. Let’s make a pact to (at least try to) dig ourselves out of the suck when we get stuck.
Here are six things I do when my day starts to get away from me and fall down a hole of suck, eye rolls, or Netflix marathons.
Literally re-start it
If you’re lucky enough to work from home or for yourself, I highly recommend the power of the nap. Close your laptop, change into pajamas, close the blinds, and sleep for at least half an hour. When you get up, put on a different outfit, touch up your makeup, and approach your work as a new woman (or human).
Put yourself in a new setting
It sounds silly but when I’m working in a coffee shop I want to appear Busy and Important. And BIP (busy, important people) aren’t just bouncing between Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. They’re pounding away on book proposals and articles and their own ebooks.
I’m also very aware of the unspoken coffee shop agreement: if you bought a $3 coffee you get to hang out for 1-2 hours. Don’t be a dick. Don’t monopolize a table for six hours if you’re not going to buy anything else. So I want to actually work during my allotted time, hopefully absorbing the good vibes and productivity of those around me.
Do ‘legs up the wall‘
This yoga pose is white magic. Allegedly it “provides migraine and headache relief, calms anxiety, relieves symptoms of mild depression and insomnia.” I don’t know about any of that, but if I don’t have time for a nap, this pose centers me, calms me, and serves as a ‘divider’ between the non-awesome day I’ve been having and the glorious, inspired day I’m about to start.
Take a shower
Again, this is probably best for work-from-home types, but you can also use it to put some distance between a rough day at the office and a fun night out with friends. Heck, ‘Get wet’ is step two in my four step plan to feel better.
If you, like me, are lazy and hate restyling your hair, don’t wash it. Just jump in the shower, steam and lather up, maybe wash your bangs and mentally let go of your morning.
Physically distance yourself from the things that are making your day non-awesome
This seems obvious and yet? It’s not. (at least not to me). If you’re cranky because your office mate is too loud, go work in the conference room. If you’re frustrated with yourself for snacking nonstop, get thee to a public library where there are no snacks. If your roommate is winding you up, go meet up with a friend at a bar.
Write down how you want the rest of your day to go
I loved Danielle Dowling’s recent post about re-writing your feelings. If your current day has been “uninspired, unfocused, blah” why don’t you write out “I am a wizard of productivity. I can write like the wind – without typos, without social media breaks, without stupid their/they’re mistakes.” You get the idea.
How do you deal with bad, unproductive days?