Some days you will feel as though the work never ends, that you are always falling behind, that you have not done enough, that you are not good enough.
When this happens, do things. Take action, even if it is only on the smallest and most trivial things. Clean your desk. Consolidate your notes. Write short emails. Update the to-do list. And then maybe roll the small successes into progress on larger projects. Schedule the difficult conversation. Write the first draft of the proposal. Get words down on paper, no matter how shitty and far from the final draft they are.
And if you cannot do that, if the day is simply lost, then let it go. Be kind to yourself. Go to sleep early and rest. Tomorrow is a new day, and you’ll have another chance to try again.