I won’t ask if you’ve ever had “one of those days.” You’re in publishing. Of course you have. Probably on a far too regular basis. I totally understand. In fact, my most recent “one of those days” is today. You know what it’s like. You have your little “To Do” list all laid out, and you’re up early, equipped with coffee and ready to dive in, when it happens.
And suddenly your plans are out the window and you’re left at the end of the day staring at your now-doubled “To Do” list, wanting nothing more than a stiff drink (of coffee…yeah…that’s it) and a time machine to start the day over. Well, I can’t help with the time machine, but I do want to explore some possible ways to get through “those” days.
The first option is to deny that it’s happening.
But then, denial seldom works.
So you could resist the frustrations coming your way, fighting against them, struggling to stick to your planned list for the day.
I haven’t found that to be very effective.
Another option is to be patient and longsuffering, for as long as you can.
As you can see, doing that too often leads to a blow-up when you just can’t take it any longer. So I generally opt for the final option: just relax and take the day as it comes.
React with grace and, well, peace. And remember, tomorrow’s another day. As is the day after that. Things will get done. Eventually. And you will be far happier if you just relax.