Some days you can just tell from the jump that its going to be one of “those” days. Today I woke up around 3:30am and checked my phone/messages. I saw that there was a problem. We use Microsoft Office 365 for our company email at Legiit. So when you email email@example.com it forwards it to our helpdesk software and creates a ticket. Well Microsoft made a change, without warning, to their spam and security settings.
This change disabled external forwarding… so all the help desk emails bounced.
(Making a decision for you “for your own good” without getting your input. How 2020 of them.)
I Googled and figured out how to fix it. I had a (non business) appointment later in the morning, then a family engagement in the late afternoon. There were also some business but not productive things that came up as well. So this left me with a very few hours free.
So what did I do?
Watched Star Trek videos on YouTube.
You see I knew I didn’t have enough time to get into higher brain function, deep work mode (I am sure there is a scientific term for it). I knew if I tried to do anything important, high level, or requiring any critical thinking that it wouldn’t be my best work. So I decided it was better to just punt on productivity for the day, give my brain a break, and get some menial tasks done while I watched “The 10 Biggest Losses Starfleet Ever Had” on Trek Culture.
(Ladies, I am single by the way 🤣 )
You see when you have a day where you know you aren’t going to be able to do your best, it is sometimes better not to fight it, try to force the matter, and end up with crappy output and just accept that today won’t be as productive as others. You need to develop the self awareness needed to know where you are, and what your thinking is like that day and adapt accordingly. Sometimes it is better to come back at full strength the next day…
…which is what I am going to do now.