We’ve all been there. It’s one of those jam-packed days, full of demanding requests, urgent tasks, ringing phones, beeping devices and just not enough snacks.
In other words, hell.
Luckily for you, I am an expert in concealing stress levels that border on breakdown territory (not exactly a plus?) and am here to guide you on how to deal with your imminent nervous breakdown when you just don’t have the time to indulge it.
Step 1: Remain Uncalm
Your first instinct when trying not to throw items around you in a fit of rage may be to tell yourself to stay calm. Don’t do this. In fact, do the opposite. Be uncalm. Be angry. Think about which items you would most enjoy hurling from your desk and most excitedly, at whom you would like to hurl them. Especially if they aren’t physically present at the moment.
I find this is the most enjoyable part of the exercise. Then later when you see that person, you can respond in a socially acceptable passive aggressive way instead.
I feel ranty this week. Maybe I’m just tired, or didn’t drink enough coffee, or am actually just a total cranky old bitch. But in any case, my ranty-ness is expanding into most aspects of my life. Today I’m ranting about something that happened about 6 months ago, which quite frankly I think we can all agree is clearly the sign of a totally normal, mentally stable individual.
Regardless, I still believe in my rant today, so here goes.
Months ago, I was at a Meetup event downtown. It was about content strategy, and it was a great event. The speaker was engaging and knowledgable and made a ton of excellent points I still remember to this day. The thing that annoyed me came after the actual event, when the talking to other humans part kicked in. For a cranky ass introvert like myself, talking to other humans can sometimes be a challenge.
Not because I don’t like people, but just because I often don’t know what to say. I hate small talk and fake interest in things. Let’s either talk about something mutually interesting or why bother, is how I view networking type events. But it’s also no fun to be sitting around by yourself in a room full of people, so, I make attempts at human connection.
So I started this blog for unclear purposes really. To explore industry topics, to learn some stuff, to connect with others, to pass the time, who knows. All of the above. I just like to write stuff sometimes, so I’m going with that. But what happens when your boss/bosses find your blog? I think for many people that might be an awkward encounter. Personally I don’t really care. I’m pretty straightforward. I haven’t told anyone about this blog yet, not really sure why. Just testing the waters I suppose. But, if people from my life find it, I don’t care. Other people with weirder blogs than mine might disagree (but if you’re that weird, then you are probably hiding from people in real life too, because you’re a serial killer).
But regardless, there is usually some desire to not look like a total turd in front of one’s manager. So these are the five things that cross your mind when your boss reads your blog.
1. “Oh, you found my blog?”
2. “Did you like it?”
3. “We should never speak of this again.”
4. “Oh, you did like it?”
5. “OK, time to get serious then. So many topics to cover.”