I was tired, my head was pounding and I just wanted more sleep.
And I almost threw in the towel. Not quitting forever, but on the remaining hours of my day.
I wanted to literally quit today.
To make matters worse, my to-do list was long. Now I was doubly frustrated — not only would I be wasting a day, I would need to readjust my schedule for the upcoming week to make up for my lack of productivity.
Instead of quitting, I convinced myself to do two things:
First, I acknowledged that I didn’t feel great; that things aren’t always going to be amazing or even alright. Some days will feel blah. And that’s fine.
Second, I decided to not let blah ruin my day and I gave myself permission to operate at half speed. There were four things on my morning to-do list and I was content if I only completed two of those items.
I took a deep breath, acknowledged my pain and got to work.
Over the course of my blah morning, I finished all four items on my to-do list! I couldn’t believe it — despite my headache, lack of energy and a piss-poor attitude, I was able to stay focused and achieve my goals for the morning.
The next time you feel blah and still give whatever effort you can, let me know if this approach works for you and how you would improve it. Send me email, I’ll reply and then we’ll be BestFriendsForever.™