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Plan for the “Oh Shit” day

I had an epiphany a few years ago; I started at 6:30 am got dressed and said to myself, I am an Entrepreneur and today I am going to rock.

Fast forward to 7:00 am: my daughter drops her bowl of cereal that explodes in a glorious mess, I discover a strange odour where my cat had an “accident” the night before. I’ve got this! I cleaned up both, lunches packed, kids are off on the bus and I am still on time.
7:30 am: I check email about a deal that looks like it’s going to fall through. Pick up my glasses to read more and they snap in half, and my two client meetings cancel due to the snowstorm. It is only 7:45am.
Not everyone is a super achiever and wakes up every day with burning desire. I mean, some do, but for the remaining 99.5% of the population, it just isn’t happening.
What I am advocating for is, so you are going to have an off day and don’t feel like bring you’re A game.
It doesn’t mean, however, that you should just give up because you can’t bring your A-game. Instead plan for a shit day. Nothing is going right, but you have a list of small tasks that bring value to your business objectives but might not be high-yield activities. These tasks for me tend to be the things I personally hate doing, like updating my log book or filing receipts.

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The point is, you should cut yourself some slack, dust yourself off, and do what you can. These days don’t come all of the time, but if you have a plan you can make the most of them and still be productive. If you have a backup plan, it removes the stress and anxiety because you know you will still achieve your goals, even if it isn’t that big project that you were hyped about when you got up that morning.