Do YOU Get Days Like These?

by Rezbi
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The last few days I've been so tired. I'm working, but taking more and more time off.

In fact, I find I'm making mroe posts on WF than I have in a looong time.

Don't get me wrong -- I write in the morning till my hands cramp up, but then... nothing.

Do you get times like these?
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  • Profile picture of the author gravtex
    I've been there too - take a full day off to recharge - no email, no writing, disconnect for a day.

    Push the reset button and come back the next day ready to get back to work.

    Otherwise, your productivity will languish big time.

    Gary
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Originally Posted by Rezbi View Post

    Do you get times like these?
    Nope. I am a perfect being. My days are planned out 1 year in advance. At the end of the day today I will plan what I'll be doing 1 year from today. There is no room for deviation.

    Just kidding!

    Yeah, we all have days like that. Sometimes I just take the dog for a walk, or go for a bike ride, or go to the library and that refreshes me. Some days you just have to fight through if you have things you want to get done. Sometimes you just have to take a day or two off. It isn't life and death.
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    • Profile picture of the author Marian
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      Nope. I am a perfect being. My days are planned out 1 year in advance. At the end of the day today I will plan what I'll be doing 1 year from today. There is no room for deviation.

      Just kidding!
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        My whole week has been like that - but it's ok because I sort of planned for it. Any time I've been meeting deadlines and working heavily for several weeks I know there's some downtime coming.

        Yesterday I watched movies and took about 4 short naps - I was exhausted from doing nothing the day before.

        Today I can feel that exhaustion going away and I'm planning again - but I think it's normal in any work where you go full out some days to expect a few days where you just can't get into the swing of things. I used to feel guilty about things that didn't get done - now I just take a couple days off when I need to and enjoy being a lazy slug.
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  • Profile picture of the author hushy
    Vacation, I found when I start to get that way. I take 2-3 days off and take the family somewhere or do something. Absolutly no work what so ever. No to do lists nothing. I find it helps me recharge.
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  • Profile picture of the author redfan
    You need some R 'n' R. Your brain is telling you that you might be missing out if you stop writing, while also forgetting that "the internet will still be here tomorrow".

    Unplug. Sit down. Drink your favourite thing. Get some sunlight. Eat something. Go out. Enjoy yourself. See a friend or two. Take a couple of days off. Preferably all together or one after the other. The web will be waiting for you when you get back.

    Time for a Fiesta!
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  • Profile picture of the author badboy_Nick
    Originally Posted by Rezbi View Post

    The last few days I've been so tired. I'm working, but taking more and more time off.

    In fact, I find I'm making mroe posts on WF than I have in a looong time.

    Don't get me wrong -- I write in the morning till my hands cramp up, but then... nothing.

    Do you get times like these?
    Everybody hits a brick wall sometimes man. No sweat dude, just take a break for half a day or a day, get some energy drink and you will be back to your normal self in no time

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  • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
    Originally Posted by Rezbi View Post

    The last few days I've been so tired. I'm working, but taking more and more time off.

    In fact, I find I'm making mroe posts on WF than I have in a looong time.

    Don't get me wrong -- I write in the morning till my hands cramp up, but then... nothing.

    Do you get times like these?
    Try getting some good exercise. I know that sounds backwards, but if you are always at a desk writing, then you need to get the blood pumping. Our bodies are tools that have to be pushed physically and pampered chemically and I don't mean stimulants, I mean clean foods...
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  • Profile picture of the author Ellie Elle
    When I'm shut down, I go to the local Border's books for a creamy organic coffee (tastes EXCELLENT) and their buttery pecan and cinnamon gooey cake. (Unbelievably good.) No, this isn't a foodie post.

    Then, I meander through the business section and skim the newest books, sometimes taking notes from the best ones while I sit in the cafe.

    I peruse the cool mags... and before you know it, I'm refreshed, recharged, revitalized. It's not the coffee since I only drink a quarter cup. It's the other brains who inspire me with their writings, and it's having all that knowledge at my fingertips in this vast book repository. Border's coffee and treats whups on B and N.

    Also to clear the head... exercise like digging in a garden or walking briskly for a distance works surprisingly good. (You get so bored you can't wait to get back to the computer) : )
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    • Profile picture of the author redfan
      Originally Posted by Ellie Elle View Post

      When I'm shut down, I go to the local Border's books for a creamy organic coffee (tastes EXCELLENT) and their buttery pecan and cinnamon gooey cake. (Unbelievably good.) No, this isn't a foodie post.

      Then, I meander through the business section and skim the newest books, sometimes taking notes from the best ones while I sit in the cafe.

      I peruse the cool mags... and before you know it, I'm refreshed, recharged, revitalized. It's not the coffee since I only drink a quarter cup. It's the other brains who inspire me with their writings, and it's having all that knowledge at my fingertips in this vast book repository. Border's coffee and treats whups on B and N.

      Also to clear the head... exercise like digging in a garden or walking briskly for a distance works surprisingly good. (You get so bored you can't wait to get back to the computer) : )

      Cinnamon gooey cake just sounds absolutely freakin awesome. I want.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mrs S
    I'm going through this at the moment too. I work full time and then when I come home I work on my own IM business - so I pretty much never really take any time off. Of course this bit doesn't feel like work as I enjoy doing it but I think we all burn out every so often. Its just difficult to walk away and take a real break!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tomwood
    What makes me tried is the central heating we have just turn ours off but maybe up in Lancashire it's a little cooler (yes I know my profile say's Blackpool but I moved south recently).
    Open the window or get yourself an ionizer central heating creates the wrong sort of ions which can make you sleepy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    That's why everyone needs their very own flying monkey. Take him for a walk... er, a flight. It helps if he's on the psychotically insane side too. Keeps you on your toes. Nothing like wondering when the crazy monkey teeth will be sinking into your neck to keep you alert at all times. So that's my answer. Yep. Get a crazed monkey that flies.

    I know, once you see it written down like that, it seems so obvious, right? You're welcome.

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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      That's why everyone needs their very own flying monkey. Take him for a walk... er, a flight. It helps if he's on the psychotically insane side too. Keeps you on your toes. Nothing like wondering when the crazy monkey teeth will be sinking into your neck to keep you alert at all times. So that's my answer. Yep. Get a crazed monkey that flies.

      I know, once you see it written down like that, it seems so obvious, right? You're welcome.

      John
      ROFL - John, it always amazes me with the ease at which you can work flying monkeys into any conversation. My dog is afraid of flying monkeys though. Any suggestions?
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      • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
        Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

        ROFL - John, it always amazes me with the ease at which you can work flying monkeys into any conversation. My dog is afraid of flying monkeys though. Any suggestions?
        Flying squirrels? He'll love those!
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      • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
        Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

        ROFL - John, it always amazes me with the ease at which you can work flying monkeys into any conversation. My dog is afraid of flying monkeys though. Any suggestions?
        Lisa stole my thunder and shall be punished accordingly.

        We have squirrels out the ying yang here, and they taunt my dogs mercilessly. They sit on the top rail of our fence and swish their tails while the dogs go bonkers. It's clearly done on purpose. If my monkey would let me, I'd shoot 'em all with my pellet gun. But I do what the monkey allows. Always.

        ::::: Please help me. :::::
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        • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
          Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

          Lisa stole my thunder and shall be punished accordingly.

          We have squirrels out the ying yang here, and they taunt my dogs mercilessly. They sit on the top rail of our fence and swish their tails while the dogs go bonkers. It's clearly done on purpose. If my monkey would let me, I'd shoot 'em all with my pellet gun. But I do what the monkey allows. Always.

          ::::: Please help me. :::::
          I could be stating the obvious here, but maybe it's Zeus66 that needs the R&R here...what with the, yanno, monkey and the squirrels and stuff.

          Just sayin'. Maybe.
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      Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      That's why everyone needs their very own flying monkey. Take him for a walk... er, a flight. It helps if he's on the psychotically insane side too. Keeps you on your toes. Nothing like wondering when the crazy monkey teeth will be sinking into your neck to keep you alert at all times. So that's my answer. Yep. Get a crazed monkey that flies.

      I know, once you see it written down like that, it seems so obvious, right? You're welcome.

      John
      I had one of those monkeys one time but he flew out of a really dark place from behind me and I never saw him again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Brock
    It's called burn out - happens a lot with online activities mainly because there isn't much to motivate you outside of the money you make.

    Thats great in the beginning, but once you get used to it, it's very hard to stay clear minded.

    What I do is work on something different.

    One month I might work on my products until I get bored of that. Then I will work on affiliate sites for awhile(while still promoting my products).

    It's good to change up your activities to keep interested.
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  • Profile picture of the author Twice The Speed
    Originally Posted by Rezbi View Post

    The last few days I've been so tired. I'm working, but taking more and more time off.

    In fact, I find I'm making mroe posts on WF than I have in a looong time.

    Don't get me wrong -- I write in the morning till my hands cramp up, but then... nothing.

    Do you get times like these?

    I've been there.
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  • Profile picture of the author redfan
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  • Profile picture of the author BenAlberstadt
    A little rest and recharging seems to be the consensus, here.

    I would have to agree. It's that whole Production/ Production Capacity thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rezbi
    Thanks, everyone, for all your answers.

    Although I'm not sure where I can get a monkey from.

    And I don't really like dogs.

    And the squirrels are too fast for me now.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by Lisa Gergets View Post

      Flying squirrels? He'll love those!
      I wonder if Rocky is available? Unemployment must be getting old.

      Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      Lisa stole my thunder and shall be punished accordingly.

      We have squirrels out the ying yang here, and they taunt my dogs mercilessly. They sit on the top rail of our fence and swish their tails while the dogs go bonkers. It's clearly done on purpose. If my monkey would let me, I'd shoot 'em all with my pellet gun. But I do what the monkey allows. Always.

      ::::: Please help me. :::::
      Okay, help is on the way. You will recognize the help by the nice, white coats they wear. They'll want you to wear one just like theirs, only with longer sleeves. Lots longer.

      Originally Posted by Lisa Gergets View Post

      I could be stating the obvious here, but maybe it's Zeus66 that needs the R&R here...what with the, yanno, monkey and the squirrels and stuff.

      Just sayin'. Maybe.
      There have been rumors about that swirling around for months...just agreein'. Sort of.

      Originally Posted by Rezbi View Post

      Thanks, everyone, for all your answers.

      Although I'm not sure where I can get a monkey from.

      And I don't really like dogs.

      And the squirrels are too fast for me now.
      In that case talk to Kevin Riley. He can hook you up with some magic hamsters.
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  • Profile picture of the author JLaB
    What helps me is to take a 5 minute break every hour or so. Get up move around, exercise a little and get back.
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    • Profile picture of the author condra
      Don't feel guilty for taking a break for a day or two. Remind yourself that you will be twice as inspired and productive when you finish your downtime (and you will be).

      Sit back with the popcorn, watch a good movie, spend some time with your family, and think, "I'm being productive right now".
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruth P
    Argh yes I get days like that, having one today.

    I do agree with the people here who say disconnecting for a day is a good idea. It can be so HARD to drag yourself away, feeling as if you're wasting time and missing out on the work you could've got done for that day. But you'll waste more time if you're just unproductive.

    Sometimes I take a day off completely to do something that makes me happy, spend time with people that make me happy, and the next day I get more done than I could have done in many days of feeling unproductive, so it's definitely worth it.

    ~Ruth
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  • Profile picture of the author Lisasmoney
    yes, I agree. I think its the change of time or change of season for me though. I've had some bad allergies lately and I think its making me sleepy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian Tayler
    Yeah happens to the best of us. Maybe pickup a new project (maybe something fun?) It'll give you a nice change of pace and something else to focus on.
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  • Profile picture of the author nursewriter
    I've been going through the same thing....yesterday was horrible. I just unplug and watch tv, read something enjoyable or just goof off.

    Today I am back on track and able to pump out quality content at a reasonable pace.

    I work full time..12 hour shifts..... and it seems that first day off after two 12 hours shifts I am absolutely worthless. It take me a whole day to recuperate. Then I only really get one good productive day before I have to go back to work to start the whole cycle over again.

    Sometimes I just want to scream...ARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGG!

    There............I feel better now.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    When I feel like that, I take a couple of days off and work in the garden or read a good book or whatever I feel like doing. I don't take regular days off, so I just take off when I need to recharge and get away from the computer and work.
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  • Profile picture of the author mlord10
    Everyone has these days. That is why I just happened to take a 4 hour "lunch break" at the golf course today
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  • Profile picture of the author BethHewitt
    Yes my day started like that but now I have kicked some butt......I am my own worse enemy sometimes lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve MacLellan
    Originally Posted by Rezbi View Post

    The last few days I've been so tired. I'm working, but taking more and more time off.

    In fact, I find I'm making mroe posts on WF than I have in a looong time.

    Don't get me wrong -- I write in the morning till my hands cramp up, but then... nothing.

    Do you get times like these?
    You need a break!

    It's the weekend. Call some friends, have a BBQ, beer, play some tunes, go fishing, go hunting... just don't sit at your computer.
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