Most days you can find yourself juggling a million things in your head and still somehow be able to function. But, then there are THOSE days, the days where one thing is on your mind, and that one thing occupies every space and corner of your being. No matter what else might be floating around up there, you have a permanent, numbing, filter over your senses. Moving around the office on autopilot is an understatement; you are more like a unguided bumper car moving from object to object interacting as little as you can, just to get to the next destination. Your day is filled with aimless staring, lots of head scratching and walking with your head down.
I have had many days like this, and through my experience I have developed a way to find clarity in these trying times. Feeling overwhelmed? Take a minute and remind yourself that things could be a lot worse. Feeling out of control? Do things that make you feel in control; make a work list and check off the items with a big black permanent marker. Show your work who’s boss. Still can’t shake the feeling? Take some time to yourself, lay on your bed and listen to some music. The key to this is using headphones. You want to make your world seem as small as possible.
These are things that work for me, they may be different for you. Take and modify tactics to make them work for you. But, whatever your solution, know that these are the types of days to pay special attention to. Maybe days like these are triggered by something, and maybe that something can be fixed with a long overdue change. Make the change.