For the first time in god knows how long, we spent 2 ENTIRE days away from any kind of electronic device!
Now I'm not disputing the fact that it was a welcome change and we enjoyed the time away from the machine. However, today was definitely a good chance to further acknowledge the difficulty involved in the first day back after a short break.
I'm sure this problem isn't just confined to those who work for themselves. After all, how many of you have suffered the symptoms of “Mondayitis” after recovering from a busy weekend of getting 3 sheets to the wind?
It's normal right? And that's why you have a boss – to give you a swift kick up the ass when you're getting lazy.
But what if you DON'T have a boss? What then? How do you give yourself a kick up the ass when you need it most?
The answer is: you don't.
Instead you stay patient. You realize that tomorrow is a new day, whereby the chances of you repeating the same level of lackluster work is extremely low. By getting angry at yourself, you confirm in your own mind that something has gone wrong when it fact it has not.
If you were to look back on this one day of poor work, you'll realize that this “failure” only led to a greater level of work being produced at some stage in the future.
It's easy to beat ourselves up when we do something wrong. Hell, I even did it today!
The hard part is giving ourselves a break when we need it most.