On the one hand, I know I should be putting forward an image of myself that is polished, on top of things, and in no way frazzled in an email newsletter that is sent to literally tens of thousands of growth-focused digital marketers and business leaders.
On the other hand... I can't lie to you. We're too close for that.
I've been more productive than ever in the past two weeks, and I'm feeling exceptionally accomplished. However, I'm far from polished and on top of things. In fact, I'm a total hot mess express right now.(I'm not at a "random salad dressing bottles of my desk" level of chaos, though. So, I guess that's one for the win column.)
Anyway, I ended up working through a good portion of this weekend, but I did make it a point to relax and unplug periodically for some "me time." So, when I got to Monday morning, I was feeling focused, refreshed, and totally ready to take on the world.
Little did I know, I was lying to myself.
In reality, I was mere hours away from throwing a tiny temper tantrum.
First,Slack went down. Then I couldn't edit any of the Google documents I was working on — I kept getting an "unable to load" error. For hours. And finally, the completely inconsequential straw that broke the camel's back, HubSpot wouldn't load the performance metrics for a blog article we had published.
Since I'm a totally rational adult, I immediately turned toPumpkin (my cat)and yelled,"Did you do this? Why did you do this? Why are you trying to ruin my life?!"
After a few minutes, I remembered that cats don't control the internet.(Or do they?)And eventually, I recovered and moved on.
I know this story is not special. I know every single one of you has had your own version of a "I'm a fully-grown adult blaming my cat for work technology mishaps!" moment at some point. I just wish there was a fortune cookie-ready lesson I could share with you that wraps up this story with a nice big bow.
Sadly, there isn't. Bad days happen. You just have to suck it up, remind yourself of the big goal you're working toward and make it to tomorrow.
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🗞️ What I'm Reading Right Now
Finally, without preamble or context, here is what I'm reading this week: