Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Humpday Blues

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Wednesdays tend to be the day of the week that it is most difficult for me to stay focused.  My mind drifts back and forth between the weekends and panicking about what is left to be done this week. I've developed a few strategies to calm myself down and push through the Humpday Blues.

Two words.  Temptation bundles.  I plan to do something fun on Wednesdays as a reward for getting through the first half of the week.  After work today I'm going to happy hour with a friend I haven't seen in a month.  This gives me something to work toward for the first half of the week.  Your temptation bundle might look more like this: getting coffee after tending to your email first thing in the work day or buying yourself a new pair of shoes after your yearly performance review.

Dealing with ambiguity. The worst part about the middle of the week is not knowing what might come up before the end of the week and focusing on that anxiety. Being present in the moment and doing more deeply focused work helps me to focus on the things that I can control and check off my list.  What do I  mean by deeply focused work? Deeply focused work is the work that I acknowledge that I need to do with my office door closed and email notifications off. I block off 90 minutes a day for the tasks that need to be done without distractions. If you don't have an office door you might try some acoustic canceling headphones (with or without music on). I appreciate the flow that I get into and the way I can slow down and feel the process of focused work.

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