Some projects are boring, plain and simple. You don’t like them. They drain you. You want them to go away as quickly as possible.
And then there are projects that ignite something within your creative spirit. You know what they’re like. They energize you. They inspire you to think differently. They make you fearless.
This is the work that isn’t work. It’s the work you happily continue working on past 5 p.m. It’s the work you want to share with your boss… and everyone else in the world. It’s the work you know you’ll be proud of once it’s complete.
It’s work that’s worth working on.
Sometimes, we just wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Our bodies don’t feel right. Something is wrong about the world. We can just feel an icky day coming on.
I used to try and push through them. I’d force myself to smile, load up on caffeine and keep working until my body was exhausted. It (thankfully) didn’t take long to realize that this exercise was not sustainable.
Instead, I tried something else: Coming to terms with crappy days and giving myself some TLC. I can’t give up on the caffeine, but I can treat myself to chai and a scone. Why? Because I’m happy after eating chai and scones. As I take better care of myself, I start thinking less about how crappy my day is and start thinking more about how bad days become good reminders for recognizing that I’m only human.