Every now and then we all have days when we just hit the wall. It's an off-day and you know it the minute you wake up. It doesn't happen very often, but it's one of those times when everything is just out of alignment. For me it's literally everything: the planets, my attitude, my computer and printer, even the toaster oven gives me a hard time. When I was a little kid my grandmother used say, “You woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning!” I haven’t thought about that expression, let alone actually used it in years. The reality is simply I'm in a lousy mood and can’t focus.
Normally this is a blog about advice, education and marketing for aspiring and working professional photographers. While this isn't directly related to ideas on marketing, it is important for you to at least know you're not alone in having days that you just can't seem to focus on the challenges. With all the experience I have in the industry, you’d think I’d have some incredibly wise suggestions on what to do when you’re having a bad day. I only have what works for me when I need to get out of the funk...
· You can’t snap out of it until you can identify what got you there in the first place. So, I do what makes the most sense – I stay out of my office for a few hours an work on clearing my head.
· I take Molly the Wonder Dog and just go for a ride. I crank up the music in the car and head out to do some meaningless errands.
· I'll sometimes just go wandering through files in search of old photos. That seems to snap me out of it most often. I find myself laughing over old events in my life, silly things that just made so little sense. It takes me back to a lot of wonderful friends and then Sheila's stuck listening to the stories.
· Just like Who Wants to be a Millionaire, I sometimes phone a friend! I'm a big fan of the telephone and nothing snaps me out of a funk faster than catching up to one of my knucklehead buddies who I haven't talked to in a long time.
What is it about good friends who you haven’t talked to in a long time? Just a phone conversation, a few laughs and the idea to reconnect at an upcoming convention - *poof* that's all it takes and I'm back on track.
And now and then, there's nothing I can do and just have to roll with it until the storm has passes. Just "rolling with it" is a technique I have yet to master, but like all of us, I'm work in progress.
Here’s the point this morning. When you hit a low spot, just go with it and pull yourself away from work for a little while. Nobody, besides you, expects you to be on your game every single minute of each day. And, it’s perfectly okay to just have a bad day now and then – without the bad days, how could we really appreciate the good ones?
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