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Stress Reaction

Monday, April 05, 2010

I've been pretty stressed out the last 2 days. First, I spent 3 days with my family and all the baggage that entails. I came home to find a rush project from my favorite client.

I had no context for the project and the outline I got made no sense. The client and I were supposed to chat about it yesterday so I could hunker down and work. Did I mention the deadline is start of business in the UK on Wednesday of this week?

While I waited for her call, I worked on some other of her stuff. When I hadn't heard from her by 6, I turned my attention to my own writing.

When I went to bed, I knocked over a water glass twice. Then, this morning, I knocked over the same water glass when I was taking a pill. The water glass has been in the same place since I moved here 10 years ago.

This morning, I sent the client an email with the times I was available to speak. (I was not letting lack of forward planning interrupt my workout schedule.)

She rang 10 minutes before I was leaving for pilates. She explained she hadn't called the day before 'cause she had no idea what was necessary and couldn't contact anyone in London. I reminded her that today was a public holiday there and I doubted anyone was working.

She then sent an email to myself and the UK sales rep, trying to set up a call. I sent an email to him suggesting that I simply outline my questions. That worked fine and I finally had context and understood who my audience was.

After pilates, I spilled a glass of water and a cup of tea all over my desk.

I was telling a friend this while we seated our way through the treadmill so we could go to the weight room. She commented that I never had that type of stress reaction when we ran a local booksale, which was extremely stressful.

It was then it hit me, I knock over water when I feel I have no control. I am writing about something I'm not qualified to handle, with an impossible deadline and a client who doesn't understand the requirements.

So, am I working all night?


I had promised myself to get going on my novel. It's 7pm, time to eat and then immerse myself in something I can control.
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    Way to go for sticking up for yourself. You are truly amazing. I am with Momfan. Bottle of water with a closed lid or water everywhere. LOL Good luck with your clients and hope your week is better! :)
    2905 days ago
    What LIAJ said - If this is your "favorite" client, I'd hate to see your un-favorite ones!!! LOL

    Glad you've mostly been spilling just water - easy cleanup. Hope the tea wasn't sticky. ;-)

    You GO, girl, with the taking care of yourself!
    2909 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/6/2010 12:47:25 PM
    You are a true inspiration to me. I keep a water bottle because if there is a glass of water I will spill it!
    2909 days ago
    Re: "immerse myself in something I can control" it! Wise choice!

    All that spilled water...your body was trying to tell you something, to get your attention...!

    2909 days ago
    Good for you. It's time to put your needs first. The rest of the world can wait. We're all learning this the hard way.
    2909 days ago
    Wow, favorite client??? She must be so used to your efficiency and competency that she thinks you can and will do anything.
    NOT anymore... you have l life, too. And its a good one. I'm glad to read that you're taking care of yourself! You're the only one who can.
    What is it they say, "Your lack of planning does not constitute an emergency on my part." Don't let her 'pirate' your days!
    2909 days ago
    Wow, that is some serious stress!!! Don't let it get ya can only do what you can do!!! emoticon
    2909 days ago
    Oh my goodness. I sure hope your week starts getting better for sure!!
    2909 days ago
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