One of my mentors, Kim Beckham, has a blog and the other day he posted about how to overcome an UGH day. I’ve reposted the intro here and a link to his site where you can read the rest of his thoughts.
“Some days are diamonds, some days are stones, and sometimes the bad times just won’t leave you alone.” John Denver
You know what an UGH day is don’t you? I first heard this phrase from Jim Fixx the author of “Running.” Jim was a devoted runner, racer, and compulsive marathoner. Most days he couldn’t wait to strap on his running shoes and hit the pavement. But some days he said were UGH days. Nothing felt good. He never seemed to hit his stride and he never got into a comfortable zone. From start to finish his usually joyful run was just one disciplined stride after the other. He called a tough run like that an UGH day.
Have you ever had an UGH day? I know I sometimes encounter them. UGH days are those days when you don’t have any drive. Your motivation has deserted you and you are filled with negative thoughts and general malaise. You waste precious time rethinking your career choices and trying to remember why you ever wanted to do the work you do. Some time an UGH day can continue more than 24 hours although, I’ve personally never had an UGH week.
What causes an UGH day? Here are a few ideas: