(Maybe more appropriately titled: Many Ounces of Prevention Still Couldn’t Prevent THIS Post-Vacation Melt-Down…)
I’m one of THOSE people. Anal-retentive and practical to a fault. Works pretty good most days to keep most areas of my very compartmentalized life happily buzzing right along. Worked even better when I was in wrap-it-up mode right before vacation a month or so back.
To those who believe that you can’t think of everything: I’m the proof that you can. And I did. I planned. I listed. I double-and triple-checked the plans and the lists and it was all taken care of well in advance. I did everything the “right” way, and tried to be as proactive as I could stomach being in order to make it easy to hit the ground running as soon as I got back.
And it all completely backfired.
Strike One: After all-nighters and tortured hours of proposal writing, along with some submission strife, I LOST. I was rejected for all three of ’em. For reasons I thought were pretty lame.
Strike Two: A years-old commercial contract is now coming to a fast end because of a company mandate to not use contractors after January 1. I won’t miss the client, but I’ll miss their predictable needs and payments.
Strike Three: I finished a Marketing Mentor group the day before flying, and was already overwhelmed by the scope of marketing responsibilities that needed to start, continue or otherwise affect my already-full-upon-return calendar. Because of feeling defeated and whiney about strikes one and two, I ended up doing exactly none of what I had planned to for business-building and outreach efforts.
While Three Strikes didn’t really equal out (of business), it certainly was not a great incentive to transition from vacation mode to business mode. Besides all that, I experienced acute withdrawal from the seasick patches I wore so that I could enjoy our trip. The angry seas caught up with me on land, and stuck around for a good three weeks before I was able to ditch the Dramamine.
When the world stopped spinning, I knew I had to act fast to bust out of this negative and damaging mental state. I fell back into the same practical habits I turn to on any normal week: planning, making lists, prioritizing, doing.
Flipping through my Marketing Mentor and CFC 2010 notes helped me divine some direction and gave me a place to start. I established an order to my most urgent projects, and began to reintegrate the new business-building habits that I had worked so hard to learn in the first place. Doing what needed to be done – slowly at first, but now nearly normal again.
It’s all starting to fall back into place. I’m finally feeling better, and starting to make some progress again. I’m doing what I do best: being a practical, anal-retentive planner list-maker… my usual. And that’s proving to be the best medicine of all.
Am I alone in this?