Dealing with Bad Days

Bad Days

Everyone has bad days, weeks, or months. April is turning into a horrible month for me. My word count is meagre, I can’t seem to get to editing my Missed Drop Zone book, and there are too many distractions.

The worst part about it is the cyclical nature of the roadblocks and the fact that many of the barriers are in my own head. For example, a simple one like the fact that I have final exams going on and I have a growing need to study. This either causes a dark cloud of pure grumpiness, or it is a time suck. Either way, it makes me lose hours of the day as I put it off for my fiction.

This makes me grumpy, frustrated and all told, pissed off. I shouldn’t be; however, I am.  Once I am cranky, it is a dark cloud over my work. It amplifies any frustration that I may run into. Before when I would find something, like a plot hole, I just deal with it.

Plot holes are not a big deal. Most of the time, they can be solved with a sentence or three. Worse case, it is a new chapter. In short, not a big deal. When I am grumpy, however, it is a big deal. Finding a plot hole is a slowdown that I can’t deal with.

That makes me pissed off that I feel that way, which feeds the monster. Rinse and repeat.

How to Deal With Bad Days

This part I am struggling with. I’m not sure exactly with what to do about it.

Some people say to acknowledge that it is a bad day and to write it off. In short, go do something else and try again tomorrow. I disagree with that sentiment. If I were to do that I would have written for three out of fourteen days and have gotten nothing done.

When I had a job with an employer paying me, I had to perform every day. There wasn’t an excuse for having a bad day. Employers don’t have time for that shit. It is either buckle down and work for the eight hours or find a new job. Period.

Push Onward

For that reason, my theory is to push through it. Yes, I have bad days. Yes, they suck. Yes, it seems like I can’t do anything right and I am flailing. However, there is a time when you must work, there are no excuses. There is no fickle muse withholding favour, there is no inspiration that must be found and harnessed. There is only do or do not.

For all of those people out there that are struggling with productivity and getting things done. You are not alone, there are many of us struggling. We are at different parts of our creative journey, and my struggling may be someone else’s success.

Success is relative.

Success is what you make of it.

Success is in your head.

Set a bar, make it slightly out of reach and go for it. Then when you get it, pat yourself on the back and go higher.

When you fail, don’t lower the bar, try again. And again.

For me, that means that I have to suck it up, finish this blog post, and get to work. No more excuses, no more whining.

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