6 1/2 Steps On Getting Through A Long Day

Something tells me it's going to be a long day...

You can feel it. You've felt it since your alarm clock buzzed you awake this morning, since you wiped the drool from your cheek, and unknotted the sheets from around your legs, you knew, you felt it in your bones, that today was going to be long. You wished for anything to happen that would cancel work--an earthquake, a snow storm, an everything-must-go sale at Target--anything to make the boss say, "Due to inclement weather/$2.99 Dysons, the office will be closed today." Is that so much to ask? Yes actually, because we can control Target about as much as the weather. We can, however, control our outlook. Here are some tips to make this molasses coated day a little sweeter.

Step 1. Wake up slowly.

There's no need to "pop" out of bed to fool your brain into being awake. Any kind of sudden, vertical posture may result in a blinding head-rush and cause you to fall head-first into your dresser and ricochet half-naked into the hallway (not that I would know from experience). The key is to set your alarm ten minutes before you plan to rise. When it starts to scream into your ear, hit the snooze and close your eyes again. With your eyes closed, wiggle your toes. Then role your ankles in little circles. Start wiggling your fingers. Little movements like this will nudge your brain awake like you might a sleeping child. When we move/do things that prove we are conscious, our brain stops itself from going into the REM cycle where we dream and apparently become somewhat paralyzed. Wiggle yourself awake and you'll be in a better mood than you would have been otherwise.

Step 2. Hold the door.

As you approach the Dunkin Donuts/Starbucks entrance and see a line of approximately 43 people long, you will wish death upon all of them and their first born. Reel it in, Azrael, and do what you feel the least inclined to do: be kind. Hold the door open for someone who's also dragging him or herself behind you to the mile-long line. The word "thank you" makes people feel better. The moment in which someone recognizes that you've done something for someone is not unlike a boss saying thank you to make employees happy to work, or a struggling customer saying it to keep the tech support guy from slamming the phone down. It's a small step, but like waking up, we're taking this slow and steady.

Step 3. Laugh.

At anything. Even if it's nothing. Laughing does a whole bunch of stuff for us that rocks especially in the office:

  • opens mind
  • improves memory
  • boosts problem solving ability and creativity
  • reduces depression and anxiety
  • bolsters immune system
  • increases attractiveness (vaVOOM baby)
  • increases trust betwixt you and someone else
  • relieves muscle tension

By simply laughing out loud, you'll be doing yourself some good, which you can take a little solace in and another little step toward the end of this long, long, day.

Step 4. Ask for help.

You know you can do anything, you're Wonder Woman, you're Super Man, but even heroes need a hand. Conversing with co-workers will encourage a friendlier atmosphere when you can achieve something with them. Even if all they do is provide insight or advice.People love feeling like their opinions matter, or the experience can be qualified as "expertise." When people lie awake in bed wondering "What's it all for anyway?" most people take comfort in knowing that all they've learned up to now will somehow make someone else's day just a little better. When you're struggling, leave the cape on the hanger for a minute and go to someone else; make his day by giving him the chance to make yours. Don't forget to say thank you.

Step 5. Take a break

Studies proved that a good ole' diversion can increase productivity. Set a number of tasks before you take an little break before lunch--just a quick five or ten minutes away from work when you can watch something stupid. Don't feel guilty about the break and whip out War and Peace to make up for it. Embrace the fact that you are turning your brain OFF for the next five minutes with a photo montage of the grumpiest cat in the world. You are human. You aren't meant to do anything for too long and that includes trying to appear useful.

Step 6. Do a good job.

This requires patience. Schedules and deadlines tend to breath hard on our necks and we often want to DO EVERYTHING LIKE EVERYTHINNNG NOW just to get that bovine-breath devil off our backs. Getting things done immediately is an understandable goal, but it is not going to make the day go by faster. Juggling twelve balls always seems more impressive than the typical three, but imagine juggling flaming chainsaws instead of balls. Not only does it require more strength, it requires more focus as well. When you spend more time on one project, the more time it will take to complete. It's easy to jump from here to there to there to there back to here and over there again. That's called association. What we need is incubation--time to let our brains focus and understand what we're doing. Give yourself this kind of time and you'll spend less time wondering why time isn't moving faster.

Step 6 1/2 Do a good job on different things

Fancy, super cool studies have also proved that a diverse set of to-do items increases productivity and creativity. For example: I will not be writing about gift ideas all day. I love the holiday season as much as the next mensch but a whole day dedicated to the burgeoning lists of DIY stocking stuffers would make my heart shrink 432 sizes too small. There isn't enough coffee in the world to handle that much holiday spirit. You have to switch things up. Think of your work as a meal. You wouldn't dunk spaghetti into your coffee. You need something sweet to complement the savory, like a donut, or a cookie, or three donuts. For every coffee you pour, dunk a donut.

Follow these steps and time itself will see itself out in a way you won't even notice.

And you'll be like:

Teacher Saves Program and Keeps Musical Dreams Alive

Hopefully you have had the good fortune to have a teacher like this - one that you remember all of your life.

Several years ago the students at Rauner College Prep in Chicago, IL, received some bad news - they were told that the schools only music teacher was leaving. For the 350 students in the program, that looked like it would mean the end of their music education.

But then up stepped Robert Vega. He volunteered to become a one-man music department and became an inspiration to his students by taking on all 350 band members to ensure that the arts stay in school.

Keep reading... Show less

This Hero Is Making Sure That The Theater Will Survive - Only Good Heroes (E17)

OnlyGood TV's original series "Only Good Heroes" is a place where you'll meet some remarkable individuals and organizations who are making a huge difference in communities across the country, sparking action that pulls people together to battle the impact from this pandemic.

In this episode, host Lucia Nazzaro talks with actor and musician Barry Pearl who is using his own funds as well as working with other artists to provide support for fellow performers who are struggling due to the shutdown of live performances and their severe loss of income during the pandemic.

Keep reading... Show less

Boston’s North End Institution That Treats You Like Family – Polcari’s Coffee

** In recognition of National and International Coffee Day, we would like to share a story of one of our favorite local businesses that have been boosting up residents in the North End of Boston with their coffee blends for almost a century! **

This Little Italy neighborhood in the North End of Boston is dotted with stores from an earlier, simpler time that have a genuine, authentic feel. Bobby Eustace, the owner of one such store, relishes the enjoyment he sees in the eyes of his customers as they take in what he calls the "orderly disarray" of his shop where you can find rare spices, deli meats, candy, pasta, and a wide selection of coffees, their specialty. When you cross the threshold and take a deep breath of the unique mix of aromas, you know you have arrived at Polcari's Coffee.

Keep reading... Show less

Immunity Explained - Simplified with Josh McBride

This summer is unlike anyone we've ever seen. So, how are we supposed to deal with mask-wearing in this kind of heat and humidity? What can we do to make this unique and crazy summer the best one ever? OnlyGood TV is launching a new series called Simplified that both entertains and demystifies what is going on in the world to help you be ready to handle the new normal. It will also help you with the everyday stuff, so no stress!

Simplified is hosted by nationally recognized television host and producer, In this episode, Josh reinforces a fact of life in today's world - keeping your body's immunity strong is a key to staying healthy. Watch to pick up his tips on sleep, diet and exercise.

Keep reading... Show less

Gold Star Moms Share The True Meaning of Memorial Day

What is the REAL meaning for Memorial Day? Every Memorial Day we get a long weekend, spend time with friends and family, BBQ's and take boat rides, but forget so often what this day is REALLY for.

Keep reading... Show less

Mom Raises 15 Kids with Love and Faith

Lyette Reback was an only child, but when she married her college love after only a few short months together, she knew she wanted a large family. Meet the Reback family -- complete with 15 kids!

Keep reading... Show less

A Mother-Daughter Duo Spreads Happiness With Their Amazing Creation

"There's something about words that are so powerful, that can touch something inside of us, that can shift our perspectives." Those words, which are powerful themselves, are how Pam Robertson explains the rapid success of a simple idea that she and her daughter came up with, an idea that was inspired by their personal experiences with the emotional power of beautiful strings of words.

Keep reading... Show less

Texas HS Quarterback's Uphill Road to the NFL – OG Sports with Scott Stanford (E1)

OG Sports is OGTV's brand new series all about the inspirational sports stories you love to hear. Veteran Sports anchor Scott Stanford will interview unique and uplifting sports heroes and members of organizations who, in their own way, are trying to change the world for the better through sports.

In this premiere episode, Scott talks to Houston Christian High School quarterback Calder Hodge and his mom Kayla. Calder is your typical Texas teenager who loves all sports, especially football, his family, and all things Texas. What's not typical is that Calder is a double amputee who straps on his helmet as well as two prosthetic legs before he takes the field! Watch this coming of age story of a young man who is smashing through barriers and making strides toward his big dream of becoming an NFL QB.

Keep reading... Show less
Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube

* OGTV Top Stories *

mailbox

Get your Only Good TV Newsletter