We all have days when we are just not feeling ourselves. We could be tired, coming down with a cold, or even a little down. Sometimes it’s hard to move past these feelings and be productive at work, but if you are like me, you still need to get things done. Here are five ideas for making the most of a rough day:
Pare down your “to-do” list. Get out your calendar and reschedule the meetings and action items that are not top priority. What are the top 1-2 items your need to accomplish today? You need to focus your limited energy where it is needed most.
Accomplish something. If you have to be at the office, but don’t have meetings to attend consider activities that will help you gain a sense of accomplishment. This can be as simple as completing your expense report or filing that stack of papers. Clean out your email inbox. Catch up on your required reading. You get the idea.
Practice gratitude. Write and send some thank you notes. Who has made a donation, volunteered recently or helped your personally or professionally? A note from you will brighten their day – and writing it will make yours better.
Get outside. Even a 5 minute walk in the fresh air will help clear your mind and improve your mood.
Make a plan for tomorrow. Thankfully, bad days are never permanent. Take some time to plan the rest of the week or month. Being organized and having things to look forward to can help you hit the reset button.
Nonprofit staff members tend to demand so much of ourselves. We know people are counting on us. But we all have rough days – and need to extend some personal grace when we do. The holiday season can be especially tough on folks. So, if your find your bad day is evolving into a bad week or bad month, it may be time to seek some professional support.