Thursday, March 18, 2010

It's a Bad Day When...

I have had my share of bad days this week. My good day on Tuesday was followed up by another epically bad day yesterday. I put in about 16 hours yesterday. I just can not catch my break. I feel like I am doing the work of 2 people. I think things will get better in a couple of months. I kind of want to go to sleep and wake up in June...

You know it's a bad day when you brew a pot of coffee at 8 pm because you know you have hours of work ahead of you.

You know it's a bad day when your heart races - not out of excitement, but out of dread when you find a mistake in a model you've been working on for months.

You know it's a bad day when you spend over 3 times as many hours working as you do sleeping. That is as severely unbalanced equation.

* Sigh *

I'm trying to hold onto the positive energy/vibes from Tuesday.

I'm trying to believe co-workers that tell me my current rotation is a 'right of passage' and that my next rotation will be much, much better.

I'm trying to find that light at the end of the tunnel; the light that tells me my work/life balance will return to a normal soon.

I'm trying.

And I'm hoping.

Because sometimes, trying and hoping is all you can do.

What do you do to bounce back from bad days?

PS I promise to be back to my regular cheery posts after this week. I think getting more sleep this weekend will greatly help!


Kelly said...

I'm sorry you had another rough day. I have no idea how you can work hours past 8pm. You should never apologize for complaining about something that terrible! I rarely even did homework past 8pm in college!

I think there is definite hope in the fact that coworkers have told you this is a right of passage. Especially since you think you might like other areas of the company better. Is June when you switch?

I'maNolaGirl said...

Do something little for yourself each day! It can be as small as taking five minutes to read a chapter of your favorite book, but take a minute of the day and make it just for you.

Nora said...

I was worried about you yesterday. I hope it somehow gets better.

To bounce back from a bad day I allow myself to mope for a bit and then vent to a friend, family member and then hit the gym for a solid hour. I then watch Sex & The City, Gilmore Girls or something equally comforting to take my mind off things and just kind of be. If all else fails a cup of tea, a book and cuddles with the dog make things better.

So... I assume that you're ready to head to Jamaica to start our own bar a la "Cocktail?" Offer always stands!

Becky said...

Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry about all this crazy work you're doing! When does this rotation end?!!!

Mandy said...

I was worried about you last night as well. I can't imagine working those hours and have no idea how you do it. Don't apologize for feeling the way you do, I wouldnt be handling it half as well as you.

You are amazing. Don't forget that. When you can't see that light at the end of the tunnel, use a flashlight to make your own light.

To deal with a bad day, I usually vent to a friend or go find some secluded place outside to just take it all in as a reminder that there is so much more to my life than whatever trial I am trying to overcome.

If you and Nora run off to Jamaica, I'm coming too!

Charbelle said...

Yuck! Long days and stress are miserable! I'm sorry :(
I know it's super busy right now but as soon as possible I would plan for a day off and even if you sit at home in your pajamas all day at least you are not in the office. I like planning a Thursday b/c that gives me a day back to catch up before the weekend starts!
Sometimes just writing about it helps. It's ok to not be upbeat all the time sometimes you just need a way to vent! Talking to a friend or family member always helps too!!
Treating yourself to something really yummy for lunch or a delicious afternoon coffee or pick me up is a little something to look forward to during the craziness of the day!

qwerkyqook said...

Ah the joys of chronic sleep deprivation, makes everyone a bit...cooky! I realized during my surgery rotation, after being in the OR for 12 hours that I hadn't gone pee since 4 am. Why you ask? I hadn't been allowed to eat or drink all day!!! Yikes. I think it helps to acknowledge that your life is totally insane right now! At least that way you feel like you are recognizing some sort of strange initiation you are being put through, and you teach your brain that this is not normal. You can't just roll with it, or you'll be one of those crazies who think its normal to pull that stuff for the rest of your life. If that fails, skittles always make things a little easier. See you soon!

J said...

You and me both are not having a good week here! Hope things get better! I totally understand!

aimee said...

i'm sorry to hear about your bad day yesterday too. that really sucks. hopefully, it will pay off in the end for you. 16 hours. ugh!!

i'm having a horrible week too and i'm haven't quite figured out how to bounce bad. i tried to start this day off with a really positive attitude but it got ruined as soon as i walked into the door at work. i'm trying to remember that i should be thankful that i have a job and that i normally do enjoy it, but it's hard sometimes!!

i hope you have a better day today. at least it's almost the weekend!!

Leigh said...

Sorry to hear that you have been having such a rough week. I hope it gets better soon and you catch a break at work!

Cherry Blossoms said...

I call you on my bad days I guess that is what bf are for or watch 27 dresses?! On the bright side hopefully you will be able to enjoy yourself and bring on the vodka crans!Big hugs!!

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Ugh I'm so sorry that work is so ridiculous for you right now, love! That is NOT fun and it's not healthy for you to have to work that much and get no sleep! I hope it slows down for you a lot sooner than June!!!

I hope today's better and you spend the weekend lounging around and relaxing in bed. My lack of sleep caught up with me today. I didn't have to be anywhere early this morning and when my alarm went off at 6 it just wasn't happening. I just rolled out of bed 20 minutes ago!


Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

You know, sometimes you've just got to throw your hands up in the air and keep trudging forward. This isn't your week. Thankfully, every week isn't like this. Next week will be better.

Marlys said...

So sorry, Lisa! I am just happy that you can meet up with Suzanne & Barb this evening, or I sure hope it works into your schedule! Venting with family is so good!

pinkflipflops said...

Beer and dancing. :)