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Any of you guys ever have a f**ked day where nothing you do seems to come out right?

A 10 minute task turns into an hour?

I had one the other day and wondered what other people do...

Do you power through it or go home and start fresh the next day?
 

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isn't that every day?
You beat me to it.

Sometimes everything I touch turns to **** and I am an older fart so I know that it's just not my day and take off early.

the next day usually turns golden...but sometimes not.:laughing:

Yep, that's how it works so don't sweat it.:thumbsup:
 

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I usually work a 13 hour day having nonstop panic attacks- and I end up feeling like a total failure with work that took way too long and didn't come out well. Once I start screwing up and panicking that's the end, but I've often tried to power through, foolishly.
 

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If you've gotten to the point where you want to throw a tool...

( usually after several things have gone wrong and you either; blow a cut or hurt yourself somehow. )

You're overdue for a break.

Walk away from the site, taking deep purposeful breaths as you do.

Stop at some point in the yard.

Collect yourself:
(Meaning: tell yourself to leave what "just" happened, behind and focus on what "will" go right from that point forward)

Continue with the breathing rhythm as you walk back to your task.

Deep cleansing breath as you re-affirm your "walk".

Now you can power through.

I know this sounds like a bunch of "crystal wearing" vodoo, but this has worked for me more times than I can count.

I can count on one hand how many tools I have intentionally broken because of this "wall".

It happens to the best of us.

The trick is to recognize it and not let it escalate into an emotional "freak out".

The "freak out" may feel good for about 10 seconds, but chances are you destroy something worth more than 5-10mins of your time.

I.e.:

Tool, cell phone, windshield, relationship with employee...etc.

( Because after you've gotten the instant gratification of destroying something, rationality sets in and the first words that come to your mouth are: *****!
...something else to deal with.)

"My name is Scott and I have destroyed a couple things out of anger."

Way easier on the mind and more economical to take a 5 min walk.
 

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Yesterday started with my dog locking me out of my truck - with my keys, contact numbers and phone inside! :censored:

Today was a little better. :thumbup:
Please provide a picture of the suspect! :laughing:

Doesn't it make you laugh a little that Rover did that to you while wagging his tail the entire time?
 

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Any of you guys ever have a f**ked day where nothing you do seems to come out right?

A 10 minute task turns into an hour?

I had one the other day and wondered what other people do...

Do you power through it or go home and start fresh the next day?

Some times things are actually more complicated than you thought going into it. Going home and starting fresh on the same frustrating task a little bit poorer, one more day behind schedule and most likely hung over, does not seem like the best answer.

You should have asked "Do you still quite and quieting time or do you work late to make up for the parts of the day that didn't go well"
 

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Had one of those last week. Couldn't get the crown mitres to work. Limited space above tile in a shower. Yes I know, crown around the the top of the shower? Client wanted it that way.

I ran my numbers six ways from Sunday- nope. What the heck? This is 101!
Drove out to get a coffee, came back and found the problem right away. The home owner got the crown from a different supplier than where I told him to go.

They mixed up two different sizes of crown in the order! Geez 3/8" difference in width. Some [email protected]@@ size I've never seen before.
Once I found that I re-ran the numbers, 51deg spring angle. Then everything
Went great.

4 hours shot to hell.
 

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Mrmac204 said:
I Do not like it when home owners get their own materials. 4 hours shot to hell.
That sux.

I've had different runs from the same supplier...

I hear you.

To the OP:

Sometimes the answer is right I'm front of you but you're to close to it.

Taking a step back, let's us re-evaluate the problem.

As mechanics, we are accustomed to certain "assumptions":

- All the trim is the same thickness.
- Computer matched paint "will match".
- 1/2" Hardie is 7/16+... Oh wait
Now it's 3/8"-
- The Home Centers won't change their layout every 6 months.

Hmmm.

This was about to turn into a b:tch response.

Sorry for the hyjack.

Anyways, a step back is a good thing.
 

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yup, you gotta just keep working and suck up the wasted time and material. Comes from being human and not a robot that can produce at 100% 18 hours a day. (even then it seems the robots cant always stay consistent either)
 

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Had one of those last week. Couldn't get the crown mitres to work. Limited space above tile in a shower. Yes I know, crown around the the top of the shower? Client wanted it that way.

I ran my numbers six ways from Sunday- nope. What the heck? This is 101!
Drove out to get a coffee, came back and found the problem right away. The home owner got the crown from a different supplier than where I told him to go.

They mixed up two different sizes of crown in the order! Geez 3/8" difference in width. Some [email protected]@@ size I've never seen before.
Once I found that I re-ran the numbers, 51deg spring angle. Then everything
Went great.

4 hours shot to hell.
The ho bought the wrong stuff? There was this one time that happened to me every single time the ho provided materials.
 
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