Have you felt sad or mildly depressed such that you can’t get anything useful done for hours or days or even weeks?
I felt pretty stressed about a particular project and I was feeling very down from around 7 pm today, it wasn’t until around 11:30 pm that I felt fairly okay again. I played one hour of monopoly on my mobile, I went for a slow jog while listening to Audible and I took a slow shower while listening to Tony Robbins.
I accept that having sad times is part of the deal called Life, being a Lean fanatic, I feel that this “waste” can be reduced if not eliminated, so, I decided to write a little SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) as an Evernote entry to guide myself to recover faster next.
Here is the entry I wrote:
- go for a jog
- listen to Tony Robbins
- listen to Jim Rohn
- meditate using the Headspace app
- have a cup of tea
- have a cup of coffee
- have a cup of hot chocolate
- write a journal entry
- do a MindSweep
- scan some paper to feel productive
- tidy my room to feel productive
- change my physiology
- stand with my back against the wall
- play a game on my phone such as Monopoly
To gamify this, I decided to track my recovery time in a Google Sheets.
|Date||Start of sadness||End of sadness||Number of hours||Strategies used||Cause of sadness||Idea to how to recover faster next time|
|2017-05-22||19:00||23:30||04:30||Monopoly, Jog, Shower||Overreacting to one comment by someone without adequate fact checking||Go straight for a jog|
I hope that this short post gives you some ideas to improve your “recovery time” too. Of course, to state the obvious, if the sadness/depression persists, do speak with friends and family and/or even seek professional help.