Expect an abrupt change to your schedule today. Fighting against it could drain your energy.
Aristotle once wrote that the only way to avoid criticism is to do nothing, say nothing and be nothing. Clearly, that is not going to lead to a satisfying or rewarding life. Criticism is a part of life; you just need to learn how to pay attention to useful criticism and ignore criticism that is unhelpful.
If you can't authorise a request because you don't have the authority, don't be tempted to break protocol just to get things moving along.