That was my first mistake.
Then I turned on my computer, thinking I’d get some late-night work done.
And in my braindead, just-before-bedtime mental state, I started fiddling with my website.
Big freakin’ third mistake.
Within seven minutes, Deb was out of bed and cradling me in her arms while I mewled plaintively like a lost kitten.
Funny how sticking an itty-bitty piece of computer code in the wrong spot can ef-up your life, huh?
The good news is I put the kibosh on my website crisis by mid-morning.
Bad news is I’d lost sleep, tested my wife’s patience, stressed out the dog, chewed my fingernails down to the quick, shot my blood pressure skyward, and dealt myself a merciless verbal beating.
And Wednesday, I was wasted and totally useless.
All because I hadn’t recognized my limitations.
Maybe I’m a “night person,” but that doesn’t mean I oughta take a crack at intricate surgery in the wee hours.
So here’s my tip for the day…
If you’ve really been hitting it hard — whatever “it” is at the moment — allow yourself some downtime.
Take a breather.
Veg out with a book or in front of the tube for awhile.
If you’re more health-inclined, take a walk, exercise, or toss the ol’ pigskin around with your kid.
Most important, acknowledge that there are times you’ve just gotta ease off the throttle.
As I learned this week, that “quick fix” on your website should probably wait until morning, when you’re operating at full capacity.
I’m gonna take a nap.