Stop The World, I Want to Get Off

Yesterday, I had one of those days. Not one of THOSE days, just one of those days.

Lots of little dramas that derailed the creativity train. Getting into any kind of groove seemed pretty much hopeless. Between bug-hunting a new web site (I thought I had hosting set up already.), calling about payment on a late account receivable (The check is in the mail. Really.), ironing out production details on a project (gotta love templates that are locked, and unusable), and unexpected taxi duty (We don't have those tires in now, we'll have them this afternoon.) for my wife (both to and from work), it was just one of those days. 

Here's what I learned:
  • Laughing helps a lot. On the production details project, I was able to talk with the client and share a laugh about all the snafu's. He's off for eight days to Puerto Rico, so of course he laughed a little harder…
  • Walking away, taking a deep breath helps a lot. Fortunately, I only had one project that needed lots of creative energy today, so I got up, walked away from my desk for a few, and came back and banged out the ads with renewed energy. 
  • Days that are relatively free of drama (big and small) are to be treasured like a fine bag of peanut M & M's (or your favorite guilty pleasure). 

What methods help you best deal with daily dramas (big and small)? Are you able to find creative energy in the midst of it all?