Days where the mind refuses to function

Is your mind working today? - Days where the mind is not working
@bounce58 (17524)
Canada
April 14, 2010 1:35pm CST
Don’t you just get days where your mind doesn’t seem to work? I just had a big deadline today that I had to deal with. Yesterday, I was such in a panic and I had to work late. And I even had to come in early to work today to make sure I hand in the report which my boss needed first thing in the morning. There was still a lot of stress when I came in, and the-first-thing-in the morning turned out to be before coffee, but I finally finished the report. Afterwhich I think my mind ceased working. I can’t seem to think straight, and all I want to do is sit back or go home early. Maybe it’s the pressure-hangover from working with the deadline. Or maybe it just sucks to be working for somebody else. How about you? Are there days where you need a ‘re-boot’? When was the last time you felt your mind not working? How do you get out of it?
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@arystine (1275)
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
My mind doesn't seem to work when the deadline is still far away. Like today, I arrived at the office with files due six days from now. At times like this, my mind becomes really lazy. :-) I know that I can make articles in a snap, but it doesn't have to be done right now. I know my mind will start working in a day or two, when the deadline is coming near. I'm not a crammer. I guess I just like relaxing my mind after working fervently to meet deadlines. Yesterday was just my deadline for several articles so you can imagine how my mind functioned at that time.
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
25 Apr 10
Hello arystine! I hope by now, or by the time you read this, you've already completed the articles that is due right about now. I guess our minds just need a little space, specially after hectic days where it has to go on overdrive. Thanks.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
16 Apr 10
The mind is a very complex thing for sure. Especially considering it will work on its own schedule, somethings cooperating with you when you want it to. Then there are times where the mind just decides to not work. And this is at the worst possible time whatsoever. This can be a big problem, especially when the mind has to work. Now granted, it is not a good idea to try and force the mind to work, but there are sometimes where you just have no choice. It has to be done now. I think the one time where this happened was during an exam one time. I started out fine but after a while, my brain could not comprehend anything. I could not remember anything and I knew that I did when I had started the exam. Yet my mind just decided to take a lunch break at the worst time possible. I managed to recover in enough time to complete the exam and get a passable enough grade. Still that was a terrifying thought, just going blank and being unable to concentrate. So the mind tends to work on its own schedule a lot of the times. That schedule often times does not match up with what we want to do. The obvious thing to do would be if possible to take a step back and do something else for a little bit, if possible. However, if it is not possible, then hope you can force yourself to focus enough to get what you need to get done completed.
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
25 Apr 10
Haha! Hello megamatt! That is the worst possible time for the mind not to work! I've had days like those back in university. Of course it did not help, that I failed to start studying earlier, and I had to a lot of cramming just to load up information on my mind in preparation for the exam. Thankfully, I'm through with school and exams! Thanks.
@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
15 Apr 10
today my mind is not functioning the way i need it to. i have so much to do that i am finding it difficult if not impossible to focus on any one thing. i have gotten things done but my hands have been into everything so i feel like nothing really big has gotten accomplished. i have things i am avoiding doing because i just cannot deal with them today because my mind is refusing to function as you say. that does not mean that at some point i do not have to finally address those issues though. ugghh!
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
25 Apr 10
Hello mikeysmom. I know this comment of mine to your response is a week late, so I hope by now, you've dealt with some, if not all of the things that you needed to do last week. I certainly know what you mean when you say you feel nothing is getting accomplished when your hands are into everything. I just hope that we have fewer days like this. Thanks for the response.
@erikmama (12929)
• United States
15 Apr 10
I seem to have those quiet often actually. They really suck,too! I am sure you will be ok. Stress can do those things to us.As important as everything is you need to slow down a little bit and take a deep breath! And of course it does suck working for somebody else! But that's just how it goes sometimes. My mind seemss to leave me every couple of days...
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
21 Apr 10
Thanks for the advice erikmama! I am trying to take it a little bit slow. Or at least, I take quiet moments at work, specially when everything gets hectic. I find that I miss and mess a few things if I just go and go. Happy myLotting to you!
• Philippines
15 Apr 10
Honestly I don't know why this discussion caught my attention. I find this interesting but the problem is I don't feel like responding to this since my brain isn't cooperating much maybe because I've been working non-stop. So I guess I have to recharge and get some rest. ^^
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
21 Apr 10
Hello karen_joyce. Great response! Very apt for this discussion. Sorry for the late comment, but I like how you think. I hope that today you're all charged up. Thanks!
@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
15 Apr 10
Maybe it was the lack of coffee that morning? I've worked under pressure and then kind of went blank after that. It's like we're put on auto pilot and then when we're off of it we need that much anticipated rest. Hope you got through the day okay though!
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
17 Apr 10
Exactly! It was like autopilot. I did get through the day. There was a lot of procrastinating going on, but I got through it ok. Work pressure is really a curious thing. Specially for me. Thanks!
@Mirsya (521)
• Indonesia
15 Apr 10
The last time that I my mind seemed not to be working is YESTERDAY! I mean, yesterday is a mess. It's like I keep on asking the same question to the same person and I didn't even remember what the answer was. It was frustrating and I desperately need a reboot. But today, after several hours sleeping, I feel fresh and new again.
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
17 Apr 10
Hello Mirsya. I knoe that this is a bit tool late, but hopefully, you've had your reboot already. Hope that your sleep helped a bit. I also have times when nothing seems to be going in. Specially if my mind is preoccupied with something else. Thanks for the response.
@unique16 (1531)
• United States
14 Apr 10
Bounce58, Springtime is my worse time for my brain to function. I want to be outside in the good weather and smell the flowers and feel the sunshine and see all the new animals etc... it just feels so good not have a coat or sweater etc.. and not have to shovel snow. I love the smell of cut grass. My mind wonders more to be outside instead of inside and working. Thanks and have a great night Sincerely unique16
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
15 Apr 10
Hello unique16. Maybe that's just it. Maybe after all the stress at work, that made me appreciate spring happening all around, outside. It is so nice to leave work and still see a lot of daylight for other activities at home or a park. It does make your mind wander. Thanks for the response.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
15 Apr 10
i have fibromyalgia and with that comes a fibro fog and my mind just goes. sometimes i forget the word that i wanted to say. when i am having a rough time i usually just go home and have a rest. i will read or work on a craft project. fortunately i am pretty creative so at least i have that going for me.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
21 Apr 10
Hello cher913. I hope you're getting help or relief for your condition. I surely wouldn't know how to cope if I were in your shoes. Nice to know that you could still do something you enjoy. Thanks for the response.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Apr 10
My brain gets overloaded and goes into shutdown mode often...
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
21 Apr 10
Usually, when my brain shuts down, I would play some mindless games in the computer. It helps relax a bit. Thanks dawn!
@Dumpertaker (1188)
15 Apr 10
I get this kind of thing a lot, I have issues with memory loss and attention span. There seems to be nothing that I can do about this, just let my brain deal with whatever and let nature run it's course.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
21 Apr 10
I think what you need is some memory gymnastics. I've been known to steal my son's Brain Age game on the DSi. I'm not saying I'm forgetfull or anything, I just enjoy the game there. And if it helps the memory, then all the more reason to play it. You should find something similar. Thanks for the response.
@dodo19 (33974)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
14 Apr 10
Yes, I certainly do have those days, when my brain simply will not function. It just wants to be lazy. It's quite annoying, actually. There are days, when I know I should study and such, but my mind just doesn't want to do it. When this does happen, I try to just take it slowly. I understand that it's difficult when you're at work; you don't really have the chance to do so, but it helps at times.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
16 Apr 10
I try to take it slowly too. Specially when I'm at work. But sometimes, the longer I take it slow, the longer the day gets. It's like time moves as slow as you want everything done. It's really difficult. But, thanks for the response.