I wrote a really great post this morning to share with you. My fingers were flying on the keyboard. I threw in some case study examples to prove my points, a video and even a couple of pithy analogies (of which I was quite proud).
Then I encountered (dramatic pause with scary background music): technical difficulties. I clicked save on my post, and a popup window from WordPress notified me that I was no longer logged into the website. My heart sank. Of course the avalanche of computer-related snafus waited for a day when I’m working under some tight deadlines.
I may or may not have uttered a few choice words that I wouldn’t want my kids to hear.
I had to walk away for a minute (more like 30 minutes).
This was not the first (or last) of the technical difficulties I experienced today. This was particularly frustrating because I had made a really great detailed to-do list last night to ensure a hyper-productive day today.
I tried to rewrite the post, but my brain just not cooperate. So instead of a post about how your life and business can benefit from ditching customers and products or services you don’t really need, you get this:
10 Tips to Conquering Days Where Nothing Goes Like You Planned
1. Take a breath. This is the first and most important thing. Always. Get some oxygen. Your brain needs it. Trust me.
2. Take a walk. Fresh air. Movement. It will help you blow off some steam and clear you head.
3. Check your perspective. While your walking, take a moment and remind yourself of your big picture objectives. It may be hellish right now, but today is just one of many that are necessary to get you where you want to go.
4. Watch a funny video. Now that you’ve got some oxygen pumping to your brain from the breathing and fresh air, help your brain produce some endorphins with some all natural, fat-free, calorie-free, MSG-free laughter.
5. Make a list. When plans go awry, I make lists until my hand cramps. When I get frustrated, I break my lists into smaller, more bite-sized tasks. This helps me get ultra clear on what I need to do to regain lost momentum.
6. Prioritize. Big picture in mind, you’ve got to decide what you absolutely must complete today. Decide what doesn’t matter.
7. Ask for help. If you can’t get it all done, ask for help from someone on your team, a friend you trust or an outside resource. There’s always a way to get things done. Sometimes you have to be a little more creative to reach a solution, but the solution always exists.
8. Keep breathing. Really. It’s important.
9. Remember to eat and drink enough water. It’s amazing how your brain shuts down when you get hungry or thirsty. Even if you’re just sitting at your computer. Thinking is a lot of work. Don’t skip meals. Keep a water bottle next to you.
10. Do it anyway. Yes, it sucks. Sure, it’s not fair. Yeah, it always happens at the worst possible time. At the risk of sounding heartless: so what? What are you going to do about it? Your decisions and actions when shit hits the fan are what will set you apart from everyone else. So do it anyway.
I could have spent a lot more time whining and feeling sorry for myself. I could have walked away and ignored my computer and my work for the day. Instead I selected what I really wanted from the day. I decided to do it anyway.
Plot twist! Time to move on!