We have sh***y days don’t we. Days when nothing seems to go well and we end up wandering what the point of it was.
Today was one of those days for me.
The problem started early when I pressed snoozed no more than three times. That meant I not only missed my morning walk (which is the activity that kick starts my day), but I was late on everything else. It was a Wide Open day which meant I didn’t have to be anywhere at any specific time. In some ways this was a problem, because if I needed to show up somewhere to punch the clock so my pay would go through, I would have skipped breakfast and some other things and just got going.
But because I was working for myself today, I found it hard to arrest the downward slide that began when I was still in bed.
I spent too much time on YouTube searching for the ideal clip for an upcoming presentation, ate lunch on the run, procrastinated by cleaning my office, took the chance to have an impromptu coffee with a friend, then came home and finished my procrastination by doing some finances. I achieved basically nothing for Wide Open except deciding upon the title for my next team building session. This was the only positive in what turned out to be a pretty ordinary, non-productive, lethargic effort.
I realised about half way through the day that there was no point beating myself up about it. I didn’t need to pile on more guilt and shame than I was already experiencing, so I decided to just let the day go, and restart tomorrow. It’s really the only one way to respond to a less than perfect day.
In an ironic twist though, I wrote and journalled more than I have in the past three months. I also made some decisions with my wife that we’ve been stewing on for a week or two. So on a personal note, it was rather productive, yet when it came to building on the momentum of Wide Open I added nothing.
And I’m OK with that. I don’t want to be one of these home based entrepreneurs that is nazi about their time and is unable to roll with the punches of life. I want to just do my best to be as productive as possible, whenever I get the chance. Yet some days – like today – won’t always turn out the way I’d hope.
And when it doesn’t, I embrace the disastrous day, breathe out the negativity and restart again tomorrow.
Here’s to an early morning walk and productive day tomorrow.