I am having one of those days I call the “unreal” work day…But first of all, hi everybody! I’m baaaaaaack! Miss me?! Ironically I am delving back into my blogging 3 years after I first begun this blog. I was a bit shocked when I first read that after looking in; talk about feeling old in the ever-changing digital world ;)
Anyway, now that I am done patting myself on the back, back to the subject at hand, the “unreal” work day. I have a habit of saying, “oh I some “real” work done today.” They are the days were you sit down and do actually work that you actually have for instance updating a website for a client or writing up that report, etc. Then there are days were you’re at your desk all day and walk (or in my case close my laptop and go down stairs) home wondering what you actually did. You feel like you did loads but you don’t have anything tangible to show for it; no marker or goal reached.
Stop yourself right there, that was not an “unproductive” day. Quite to the contrary, that is what I call an “unreal” work day. Those days were you’re sorting and readying yourself for a “real” work day. A day were you get all those niggly things that have been pestering you for some time out of the way and make room for “real” work. It’s an in-between day. A day of infinite possibilities. It’s the day you sort your shit out. So therefore it is an entirely necessary day.
When you reach a day like that I have found you have two options:
- Fight it and go nowhere
- Go with the flow
Put in pretty stark terms like that it is very easy to decide which would work best, as always it’s option no. 2. Your brain is crying out for a nice thing called thinking space. It is in this space that ideas are born, that you find a quicker way to do what needs to be done, that you make lists that means you’ll actually get somewhere later in the week, it is a chance to breathe.
This screams of Procrastination you say?! Well yes, yes it certainly does. Believe it or believe it not, but like everything in life, procrastination as part of a balanced work life (you know the one where you actually do work you lazy bum!). Life in general is all about balance something we seem keen to forget. Our employers expect us to be productive from 9-5, we expect ourselves to be able to accomplish that. See my post DayDreaming Believer – Procrastination Master for more on procrastination as a good thing.
Moral of this post – have an “unreal” work day or morning or afternoon or moment. It sure as hell works for me because when I sit down to do “real” work, I have far less distractions and more importantly I don’t feel like I am trying to torture myself and I enjoy the work I do. By enjoying the work you invest in it. If you invest in it, it’s bound to be better than before. If you hate your work then I am sorry to break it to you there is no magic formula or potion to make you fall in love it so start exploring your options!