In 1861, Charles Darwin wrote in a letter: “But I am very poorly today and very stupid and hate everybody and everything.” Ever had a Darwin Day? Yep, me too. It’s frustrating when we’ve put aside some time for deep work, then our brain refuses to cooperate. There are a few options to consider, though:
Create a list of activities for Darwin Days. What could you still achieve, even when everything feels rubbish?
- Tidying formatting.
- Downloading articles.
- Checking regulations (dull, but vital).
- Organising your workspace.
- Verifying citations.
No single approach will work every time a Darwin Day strikes. The longer the list, the better your chance of finding a suitable activity. If you work through all of them and still nothing’s happening, it’s a good idea to give yourself a day off. That could be a sign that you’re overdoing it.
What do you do on Darwin Days? Let me know in the comments below.