Salvage a "Butt kicking day"12:09 PM
There are hectic days, and there are days that are all out to whip your butt, grind you to a fine powder and kill you. You know the kind of days where everything you do will end up in a disaster. It doesn't matter how determined you were to start your day right. These kind of days will see you setting you hair on fire while burning your breakfast egg and go from catastrophes to catastrophes until you go to bed exhausted, beaten up and possibly crying yourself to sleep.
Sound familiar? If you say no, I am either going to go on a limb saying you are hiding something, or ask you what your secret is.
These days happen to everybody, and frankly, from experience it is better to accept that any form of resistance is futile from the start. Trying to fight these days, is pretty much like attempting to swim against a hard current : you'll only end up exhausting yourself further and faster (don't do it it is stupid).
When one of these days of hell come upon me I usually adopt a much saner approach: by not trying to make it a better day, but to try to salvage what is left of it.
First, I turn all my expectation on "Low". As I said, there is no point fighting against those killer days, NONE. So I might as well decide that it won't be a day for epic productivity, wonder achievement and gourmet meals. On those days, as a work from home mom, my sole goal is to keep everybody alive, with a huge bonus if I didn't make the shower explode while washing my hair. Get the idea?
I believe a cup of tea can fix almost everything. So, when my world start looking really craptastic, I put water in my tea kettle, switch it on, and back off quickly just in case it decides to attack me and wait for my hot water. Then, I sit down and drink it, doing nothing else (or almost nothing, because watching silly cat videos on YouTube counts as something right?)
I push all non urgent deadlines to another day. Because, let's face it, I'm not going to do a good job at it anyway and it will end wasting my time, and the time of others. On a crappy lousy day, I really only stick to what I truly can't avoid. Taking a new assignment can wait another day.
If I have time, I go get out and walk it off. When frustration gets the better of me and my head is about to explode (possibly from shampoo residues from the shower) I grab y running shoes and go for nice long walk with my headphones on. Will it prevent me from burning dinner or cutting my finger with a piece of paper? Probably not, but walking help me think and put things back into perspective, which might be just what I need to remember there is no point fighting against the current.
Then, there is always the "Cynfull" decadent sandwich. That is my secret weapon, and is pretty much part of my "Crappy day emergency kit". I always have the stuff to pull a chicken sandwich in my fridge...ALWAYS. The decadent version means I skimp on nothing, I go for the whole shebang : mustard, butter, lettuce, gherkins, cheese, and double the amount of chicken. It's big, it's indulgent and it is best eaten ALONE while watching a favourite movie after my daughter went to bed.
And remember, if all fails, there is still wine...