Turn Around a Bad Day (How-To)

Have you ever had your day end on a bad note? A bad note that carries into your evening but leaves you wondering why it ended on a negative note? A feeling like you didn’t get anything done that day?

That happens to me more than I would like. One thing that gets me down is a feeling of lack of progress, feeling like I didn’t advance at all that day, time wasted. I hate it!

So this particular day was like most and I looked at the clock and realized it was quitting time, where did the time go I thought? I quickly wrapped up what I was working on so that I could get home in time for dinner with the family(a huge priority for me). On the drive home my mind kept spinning on the things that felt undone. A common feeling when I am working right up until I have to head home.

The feeling persisted and took a negative toll on my evening. It wasn’t until I was in line at the store, waiting to pickup some medication at the pharmacy (alone, with no kids in tow, a rarity), that I decided to reflect on the day. I took out my phone, tapped the Notes app and made a list of the following…

  • What did I accomplish?
  • Why did I feel stressed?
  • What I need to do tomorrow?

I quickly typed out the first list of accomplishments and felt instantly better. I did get something done today. Moving onto the next list and it was surprisingly short. Why was I stressed if I didn’t have a long list of legitimate stressors? The last list brought it all full circle…stressed about something? Get it done tomorrow. Boom!

This simple trick was a great relief to turning my day around. I hope it helps you!


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