Screenshot from Prune for iPhone
Like Clark Griswold, I get a little too excited about some holidays (and graduations, and weekends … ). I just want special occasions to be special, perfect and the best ever, and I can get a little frayed and unpleasant when they inevitably fall short. Which is why it can be somewhat of a relief for me to get past Halloween and Christmas each year, into the Lesser Holidays.
I’m unlikely to work myself into a lather about whether my outfit is green enough for Saint Patrick’s Day. Actually, I have freaked out over not being able to find emerald-colored tights. But in general, I’m happy to hot-glue some pink hearts on a wreath, throw on a crimson cardigan, then eat at a non-Romance-language restaurant with my husband (to avoid waiting three hours to be seated -- but don’t take this tip from me and go clogging up the best Indian restaurants Feb. 14).
So January, February and March become less about special days and more about improving upon everyday days. Do I need a less obnoxious (but still obnoxious enough) alarm clock? Is there a way to make long meetings less soul-crushing, or a new phone game I can play while I inevitably miss half the meeting because I’m in the bathroom? Is there a quick and easy way to make my co-workers stop whistling out of nowhere?
In honor of the annual Holiday Doldrums, the month versions of Monday and Tuesday, here are some ways for those with and without IBD to slightly improve upon average days:
For waking up in a decent mood and staying that way:
Ways to distract yourself while in the bathroom (don’t judge me – everyone does it and you’d go crazy with IBD if you didn’t):
From Amazon.com cubicle-door product page. Try not to look like this guy when you pull it shut.
And when you spend half your time in the bathroom, you have to find ways to make the life you do have at your desk more efficient and eliminate distractions:
easyGopro squatting stool, Amazon.com
Make meetings as tolerable as possible:
And maximize comfort and good sleep after a long, noisy, interrupty day at the office:
Have you been specialing up your average days already? Do you have a better way for shutting up or tuning out co-workers? Have you tried the squatting stool? Share details in the comments below.