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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?

No!!!

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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DONEWSP 4/10/2010 2:14AM

  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! :)

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/6/2010 12:46PM

    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!
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MOMFAN 4/6/2010 2:01AM

    You are a true inspiration to me. I keep a water bottle because if there is a glass of water I will spill it!

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DDOORN 4/5/2010 9:03PM

    Re: "immerse myself in something I can control"...love it! Wise choice!

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

Don

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MILDEXSPI 4/5/2010 8:41PM

    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.

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LIFEISAJOURNEY 4/5/2010 8:34PM

  Wow, favorite client??? She must be so used to your efficiency and competency that she thinks you can and will do anything.
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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.
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What is it they say, "Your lack of planning does not constitute an emergency on my part." Don't let her 'pirate' your days!
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MTNGIRL07 4/5/2010 7:17PM

  Wow, that is some serious stress!!! Don't let it get ya down...you can only do what you can do!!! emoticon

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GRAMSIECAKES2 4/5/2010 7:11PM

    Oh my goodness. I sure hope your week starts getting better for sure!!

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