5) Plan on doing new things two or three times before you get them right:
One of those life-changing ideas I heard once was that when you are doing something for the first time, it often takes two or three times to get it right.
If that’s the case—it means getting it wrong the first time isn’t even a mistake, it’s just part of the process. Plan for it! Don’t expect to get something done in 30 minutes just because someone else could get it done in 30 minutes.
You have no idea how many times they’ve done that same thing before. Chances are there is going to be a piece of what you are doing that you are going to have to figure out, and that figuring out means trying two or three things in the process. No need to count that process towards a bad day—simply reframe it as a learning experience.
6) If you make a mistake, hold yourself accountable and fix it.
This is one of the best ways I know to turn bad days back into good ones.
7) Buy fewer things. This actually helps prevent a lot of problems!
The fewer things you buy, the less you have to manage. The less complicated things are. If you don’t buy anything, it can’t break or get lost. And guess what! You are less likely to bump into things you don’t have. And of course, the obvious—if you don’t spend money on things you don’t really need, you’ll have that money to fix those mistakes when they happen.
8) If something has even the potential to cause catastrophic harm, heed the warnings.
This includes using heavy machinery, engaging in risky activities, using something that might cause fire or explosion, or even driving a car. It also means taking preventative measures with your health—doctors’ visits, self-checks, eating right, getting enough sleep, and exercise.
9) Take time to breathe, get outside, and connect with others.
Just by doing those things, your bad day can become simply “life”.
Have a good day! And I mean that sincerely!
Written by Lisa Hickey
Originally appeared in The Goodmen Project