It’s on days like this that I find communication the hardest.
First let’s back up a bit to last night. As I was cooking dinner I had a glass of inexpensive ‘champagne’. It tasted OK, but not great, so I changed direction and created two glasses of champagne & orange. This helped me to produce a reasonable meal (cooking and I don’t often get along) which I ate whilst sitting on the lounge with my husband and son as the ABC News presenter spoke of the many sad & sorry stories of the day.
About 15 minutes later I had what could be described as a fairly dramatic allergy attack; sneezing, itchy eyes, wheezing, burning throat. With no antihistamine in the house, I got stuck into the Ventolin and drank water – cursing that I resorted to alcohol that was probably laden with sulphur dioxide. After several hours of discomfort, I decided that hitting the sack would be a good idea given my eyes were really too sore to use productively.
This morning, I woke with scratchy blood-shot eyes, sore throat, runny nose, head-ache etc. No surprise to me and yet still very annoying!
Have you ever woken in the morning with painful or uncomfortable physical symptoms and with a long list of jobs to do you realised that this was going to be ‘one of those days’?
This is what I refer to as an F&GD – a Fence & Gate Day.
Sometimes it feels as though there are many fences that act as barriers to block our path to success. Just hearing what someone has to say (whilst blowing my nose or feeling the pounding of my head) is a challenge let alone being able to really understand, question, analyse or recommend something of value. What’s that? You need to be creative in your work? Well forget that while you feel sick!
Often, people don’t ‘see’ your pain or discomfort…most of us can cover it up pretty well and put on a brave face because ‘there is just so much to do’… but in the end, our ability to achieve on days like these is really limited.
I’ve already planned to shut the gate today at 11.30 and have a nap. I know that thinking is going to be just too hard (it already is and it’s only 9.25 am), and communicating with clients is not going to serve any of us. So I’ve rescheduled a few meetings and emailed one person to ask for an extension of time having committed to produce something of quality today.
When I open the gate after lunch, I suspect I’ll see greener pastures and be ready to make decisions and have quality conversations. I’m pretty sure some of those fences will have simply disappeared!