“So, how was your day?”
Ever have one of those days? Yes, you have. We all have. It begins with an alarm clock that doesn’t ring; it’s only by some freak occurrence that you open your eyes from a deep sleep to realize, panicked and disoriented, that you are about thirty minutes late getting out of bed. You’re scrambling now. Your cell phone rings. It’s your credit card’s Fraud Detection Unit making a courtesy call before processing a $4,000 charge for airline tickets to Holland departing tomorrow from New York’s LaGuardia Airport. No, you are not going to Holland, but apparently someone wants to – you kind of wish you were going to Holland. So, your card has been cancelled, which is good, but it’ll take 12 to 15 business days to get a new one. Okay, now you’re late for work, you have no credit, you’re not going to Holland and you haven’t even had your first coffee yet. However, there is no doubt that when you do half of it will indeed spill down your front from that flimsy plastic top. After you’ve safely arrived at work you reach for your cell phone. It’s not there. It’s not anywhere. Well, that’s not totally true; it’s on the kitchen counter where you left it after hanging up with the Fraud Detection Department – right before dropping the container of eggs. Your day actually goes downhill from there.
“If it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.”
Take comfort in knowing that the cosmos is not conspiring against you. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you work or the nature of your work, having a Bad Day is the great equalizer. Everyone has them but time marches on and ‘today’ will turn into ‘yesterday’, ‘tomorrow’ will always be another day and chances are it will be better.
How to survive a bad day:
- Keep things in perspective. As bad as your day may be going, someone out there is having a day much worse than yours.
- Talk about it. Laugh about it. Humour helps us cope with those situations where circumstances are just beyond our control. Let someone know about the comedy of errors, that series of unfortunate events and mishaps that have plagued your day so far. Often, a joke from a co-worker can help take the edge off. It also opens an opportunity for someone to offer a word of encouragement or a helping hand.
- Take time to take charge. Ctrl+Alt+Del. Remember that your day began with that panicked feeling of being late and playing catch-up. Take some time to collect yourself. Allow yourself a mental “reboot” to clear the chaos that’s been shadowing you. Control is the key.