by Phoenix A. Desertsong, Staff Writer, Healer & Advocate
In the 9-to-5 work world, Wednesday is often known as Hump Day. It’s the middle of the work week and sometimes you just find yourself having a really hard time after working your ass off Monday and Tuesday. Even though I haven’t been in that world in quite some time, I still have at least one Hump Day every week. It’s not always the same day, though. When you work at home, though, they still exist. Actually, in some ways it’s worse because you don’t always see them coming!
As I write this, I’m actually having a difficult Wednesday morning. While there have definitely been positives the past few days, it’s been a lot of effort put forth for quite less than the desired returns. Even when you’re working for a steady paycheck, though, you sort of run into the same deal; you work super hard and yet you still aren’t getting to everything you need to get done.
When it’s inconsistent, though, it’s even worse because when you have the “hump” days, you have no idea what’s coming. I used to be paid weekly on Thursdays, so that was always a bit of motivation to get me over the hump. But when you work at home without that guaranteed payment, you could get over the hump and fall into a black hole. At least, it feels that way sometimes.
The good news is that whether you work for the steady paycheck or you’re trying to make your own thing work 24-7, hump days are essentially the same. You just build as much positive momentum up as you can. Build others up, because likely they’re having their own hump days. And as a writer, I know that those Hump Days aren’t always Wednesday. When you’re a creative, you can have more than one in a week. We’ll all get them, and we can all get over them.
If you need to take some time for yourself, make sure that you do. But don’t stay idle too long. Don’t force anything. Whether you’re grinding out the pennies (or dollars/pounds sterling/euros/etc., hopefully) on your own blog or working a 9-to-5 (or whatever shift you happen to work), just show up and do what you can. Most of the time, even when we’re not at our best, we’re still going to get through.
Really, as long as you come out on the other side alive, you’ve already won. Even if your hump day is a miserable one, as long as you can wake up the next day, you’ve already won. Keep winning a little bit at a time, and eventually you’ll make the playoffs, and win the championship.
There may even be cake!
~ Phoenix <3
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Often known by her nickname "Ami," Ms. Phoenix Amelia Desertsong has written for many online publications, often under pen names.