Every now and then is it possible you have a bad day? A day when you’re grumpy, forgetful, bored, lazy, or just…intractable?
Alternatively have you ever had the experience of having a boss or client who is demanding, nit-picky, second-guess-y, or just….incomprehensible?
My advice to you in these moments? Fire yourself.
What do I mean by this?
Well, suppose you are the one finding work….mysterious….leading to a manifestation of the symptoms mentioned above. Does it serve your boss or your client – and, most importantly, does it serve you—to do your work in a half-a***ed manner—with a bad attitude to boot?
(B/t/w, now can be the time to ask, “If I were in charge, would I fire me?” You might be surprised by the answer.)
On the other hand, suppose your client or boss is – how to put this tactfully….—in a mood? Is it the best use of your time and talent to keep on keeping on with the crazy?
In both scenarios: unlikely.
So, what does firing yourself look like?
In a dream world, it looks a lot like you picking up your personal items, sending along a note to those affected, and popping on a plane to Tahiti.
What does it look like in real life?
Depending on the severity of the symptoms and the situation, it can fall anywhere on a spectrum from stepping out to take a walk around the block to—literally—drafting that note releasing yourself from further aggravation.
My point is: mentally firing yourself – even for a few hours—can help you recognize the difference between a bad mood and a bad situation.
And once you know that, you can take steps to do something about it.