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|What A Day – Ever Had One?
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What a Day – one of those days where nothing seems to go right – no matter how hard you try. Have you ever had one? (If you haven’t, please send me the secret!!!)
I generally have “what a day” times after especially challenging days at work. For some reason work (you know – the J.O.B.) seems to be the key place for “what a days” – although after a day tending a pack of rampant young children during the middle of school holidays tends to also deliver the same outcome (sorry kids – I really struggle with all the constant demands for this, that and the other). In fact this is probably the only time that I would prefer to be at work for my “what a day” experience.
Kids and work – lots of similarities there don’t you think – they both drive you to the point of despair at times. But I digress…
What a Day – The work factors
Work (the JOB) is by far the main cause of “what a day” days in my experience You know the ones…you get home flop in the chair and exclaim “what a day” (generally followed by the kids showing all the “sympathy” in the world by demanding your time – they tend to get the “feel” for what’s happening and what to contribute to the “occassion” – I find smiling a challenge at this point).
Back to JOB. I believe the “what a day” days can broadly grouped:
The tight deadline disappearing document type – the one where you turn on the computer, open the file you have been working on for 4 weeks and due at noon. It only needs a a tweak here and polish there and its done. The document blinks at you for a moment then disappears into the ether. Panic ensues, the Help Desk creates a ticket for you (we’ll get back to you next week type of course), followed by a made scramble to recover the document from off the hard drive (“I’m sure I kept another copy’). Eventually you decide you have to recreate from memory and finally submit by close of business (midnight). What a Day!!!
The “I forgot to do this document, I need your help” type – normally the boss, occassionally work mate (those I can handle because I might need them one), generated. Usually associated with poor “to do” tasking in Outlook (although Outlook sometimes creates this independantly by deleting the task “just for fun”). The mad scramble begins to help whoever pull together the most critical document ever (I wonder how true that actually is) and no real work you are paid for gets done. What a Day!!!
The “Set Up, Catch Up” type – actually a flow on from 2 above. The lack of work the day before sets you up for the double whammy the next day. You have to do yesterdays work today plus what is on the agenda today (note: it is far better to catch up than let it linger otherwise you get on a run of multiple “what a day” days).
The “I looked after the kids” type – This type always starts from above and filters down. The person at the start of the chain has had to deal with the kids the day before and has had a “what a day” experience. The person brings the remnants of the experience back to work and decides to “share” the experience by demanding meaningless, priority tasks to be done (I really dislike the boss “sharing” experiences with me). What a Day!!!!
The “random experience” type – There is no direct reason for these. It’s as if the great creator has just decided that we need to have them occassionally. No matter what you do, when you do it or how you do it – it’s wrong and has to be redone. I always find these the hardest to deal with and I’m sure they are there to test me (“you can stop now by the way – you have proved your point” – I will always try to do the right thing in future. What a Day!!!
What a Day – What I want
I would really like to get rid of “what a day” days. Well the ones that drain you mentally and physically anyway.
Because there are other “what a day” days. The ones where you are out doing what you want – experiencing life to its fullest. The ones where every thing goes right and applying yourself to the task is fun and rewarding (hey even the kids are welcome to join in)!!!
But they are few and far between these great “what a day” days. Why, because in general my days are controlled by the JOB not me. But hey I enjoy them when I get them.
I think I need to work out how to control more of my days, have great “what a days”, and take back more of my time from the JOB.
What a Day – What I will do
That’s it – I am going to focus on changing work “what a days” to my type of “what a days”. Enough talk, thinking and postulating – it’s time for action. That’s it action – positive action to take control of my life – and that is going to START RIGHT HERE!!! goo.gl/WqavH
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