The past week, I’ve been feeling pretty down. Yes, I had a bit of a bummer of a week thanks to a dating experience that didn’t go as well as I had hoped, but I’ve also been feeling a bit guilty. Guilty because I haven’t done as much as I’d have liked to. My days have been made up of work, video games, and sleep for about a week straight, and I feel like it’s not enough.
I haven’t written a line of code. I haven’t worked out until today. Hell, I had barely left my apartment until Saturday. I feel like I haven’t done enough to be productive outside of work, or to take care of myself to the extent that I should be. As a result, I feel this overwhelming guilt that I should do more.
Interestingly, I came across something today that really struck a chord with me, almost as if it were speaking directly at me in my hour of need. It was this idea that sometimes, especially in times when we’re not at our best, a successful day is brushing teeth and taking a shower.
This isn’t a new idea to me, but it’s something that I’ve found is easy to forget when I’m in a funk. So, I’m writing this as a reminder to not only myself, but to everybody else who struggles with remembering this.
We’re all only human, and we all have the same amount of time every day. Sometimes we don’t have the time or energy to get to the things we want to get to, but as long as we’re doing our best and taking care of the things we need to do, then that’s a successful day.
That’s not to say we shouldn’t push ourselves when we can, but some days it’s best to conserve your energy, so you can make a bigger push tomorrow. Not every day can be our best day, expecting otherwise is only setting ourselves up for a cycle of disappointment. We can only aim to make today better than yesterday.