The other day I found myself dragging through the workday. No amount of coffee could push me into the next gear. I had a long to-do list but none of it excited me. It was stuff that had to get done, but nothing that I really wanted to do. I felt isolated and diminished by corona; work wasn’t feeling interesting or rewarding; and I was just feeling overwhelmed by the lack of excitement surrounding my waking moments. I needed to get out of this funk.
I was bored, tired, depressed, and defeated. Not a good combination. But we all get this way. Call it a slump, rejection, burnout or just a bad day. The key is to limit these occurrences and to shorten their duration.
So what gets one out of feeling drained, lost, and unfulfilled?
Step one: acknowledge your slump. You can’t cure anything without admitting there is a disease.
Step two: change what you do and the way you do it. Take a fresh approach.
Step three: reach out to your support group. Talk out your problems or at least put your mind in a new frame of mind and chat with others about something else. Seek out a mentor, coach, or therapist if needed.
Step four: don’t try to do too much that day. Instead, zero in on the problem that either is most pressing, has the biggest pay-off, or that just needs to go away so that you can focus on everything else.
Step five: accept a loss for the greater good. Just cave in and admit one or two things simply will not get done and you will need to accept the consequences so that you can invest in better prospects.
Step six: seek help from colleagues, friends, family or outsource what you need help on getting done. Beg, pay, or barter your way to get stuff done.
Step seven: take a break. Call in sick. Go rest, play, or do something stimulating. Recharge your battery. Permit yourself to stop worrying about these nagging burdens.
Step eight: re-evaluate how you are approaching your days and see if some adjustments are needed. Be honest.
Step nine: do one thing that you previously thought you would never do, just to shake things up.
Step ten: read a book or consult an online resource to help you deal with stress or to directly assist in your resolving of any problems that are getting in your way.
Step eleven: take a deep breath, roll up your sleeves, and just dig in and get back to fighting off the demons, slaying them one by one until you feel you are back in control.
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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at email@example.com. He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2020. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent. This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. Also named by WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo.